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  • 3 DNC staffers in leaked Bernie Sanders exchange resign

    (JTA) — Three high-ranking staffers at the Democratic National Committee have resigned amid the email controversy that forced their boss, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to resign last week. Chief executive Amy Dacey, Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall and Communications Director Luis Miranda will leave later this week, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The three were…

  • 6 teachers at Tel Aviv haredi school indicted for severe child abuse

    (JTA) — Six haredi Orthodox teachers were indicted for abusing and assaulting children at the Hasidic school in Tel Aviv where they worked. The teachers, all men, were indicted at Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported. One, Avraham Rosenfeld, 49, was also charged with sexually assaulting a child under 16,…

  • Historic Jewish site near Mosul, Nahum’s Tomb, said to be at risk of collapsing

    (JTA) — An ancient Jewish site located just 30 miles from Islamic State-controlled Mosul is at risk of collapsing, a representative of Kurdish Jewry says. Sherzan Omer, Kurdish Jewry’s representative in the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs at Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said the biblical prophet Nahum’s tomb, which is in the town of…

  • Bill Clinton eulogizes Mark Weiner at temple funeral service

    (JTA) — Saying “No one will ever think of him for more than 30 seconds without breaking into a smile,” former President Bill Clinton delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Mark Weiner, a longtime Democratic activist and fundraiser. Clinton’s wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — along with other prominent political leaders — also…

  • Michael Douglas’ son, Cameron, released from prison after 7 years

    (JTA) — The son of Hollywood star and “Jewish Nobel Prize” winner Michael Douglas was released from federal prison following a seven-year sentence. A convicted drug dealer, Cameron Douglas, 37, got out of jail on Monday and was released to a New York halfway house, the Times of Israel reported. Douglas, who like his father…

  • Family of ‘The Pianist’ wins suit against book alleging Jewish musician had Nazi ties

    (JTA) — The family of the late Polish-Jewish man whose story inspired the Academy Award-winning 2002 film “The Pianist” has won on appeal a defamation suit over claims that he was a Nazi collaborator. According to Agence France Press, the widow and son of Wladyslaw Szpilman said Monday they have won their suit against the…

  • Peres: Trump’s foreign policy proposals would be ‘a very great mistake’

    (JTA) — Israel’s former president Shimon Peres said carrying out Donald Trump’s isolationist foreign policy vision would be “a very great mistake.” In an interview with Bloomberg.com published Monday, Peres — who is 93 and served in numerous roles in Israel’s government since its founding in 1948 — did not refer to the Republican presidential…

  • Hours after historic Auschwitz visit, Pope Francis says ‘the same thing is happening’ today in many places

    (JTA) — Human cruelty “did not end in Auschwitz,” Pope Francis said in Krakow after visiting the Nazi death camp in Poland. Following his historic visit on Friday, the pope compared contemporary atrocities around the world to the atrocities at Auschwitz, The Associated Press reported. Some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, died there between 1940…

  • Official who said Arabs shouldn’t use Jewish pools apologizes ‘to anyone who felt offended’

    (JTA) — A Galilee municipal leader apologized on Facebook “to anyone who felt offended” by his remarks that Arabs shouldn’t swim in Jewish pools. Motti Dotan, head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council, wrote on Friday that “it’s possible that” his comments the previous day on the Kol Chai radio station were “misunderstood” and that…

  • Gender-segregated swimming policy at Lakewood housing complex makes waves

    (JTA) — A New Jersey housing community with a majority haredi Orthodox population is angering some homeowners with its stepped-up gender-segregated swimming pool hours. In yet another example of tensions between the Lakewood area’s growing haredi Orthodox population and non-Orthodox residents, several non-Jewish residents at A Country Place are speaking out about the housing complex’s…