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  • Late philanthropist Edgar Bronfman’s Connecticut home on market for $8M

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Connecticut weekend home of late Jewish philanthropist Edgar Bronfman is on sale for $8 million. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is listing the 13-acre estate at $7.995 million, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Bronfman, who died in 2013 at age 84, was a scion and longtime head of the Seagram’s…

  • Amid anti-Semitism scandal, Jewish support for UK’s Labour at historic low

    (JTA) — If there were an election tomorrow, only 8.5 percent of British Jews say they would vote for the Labour Party — a sharp decline since last year’s election, when 18 percent of Jews voted Labour. A poll by London’s Jewish Chronicle published Wednesday found that 38.5 percent of Jews give the party the…

  • Israel bombs Gaza targets in retaliation for Hamas shelling

    (JTA) — Israel bombed five targets in Gaza after Hamas fired more than five mortar rounds into Israel in a 24-hour period — an escalation attributed to Israel’s intensified efforts to detect and destroy Hamas’ underground tunnels leading toward and across its border. Israel Air Force warplanes struck five targets near the Gazan border town of…

  • Buoyed by haredi growth, Jewish school enrollment in NY up by 4.4 percent in one year

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Enrollment in New York State’s Jewish day schools and yeshivas increased by 4.4 percent last year. According to data compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council from statistics provided by the New York State Education Department, more than 143,000 students were enrolled in 405 K-12 Jewish schools in the state…

  • Sheldon Silver, NY power broker, sentenced to 12 years for corruption

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on corruption charges. Silver, 72, an Orthodox Jew who for two decades was among the most powerful men in the state, was sentenced Tuesday in Manhattan federal court and ordered to surrender to begin…

  • Michelin criticized for not publishing Israel guide

    (JTA) — The president of the World Jewish Congress is taking the Michelin travel company to task for not including Israel in its repertoire of prestigious travel and dining guides. In a letter to the French company, whose restaurant-ranking system influences foodies worldwide, Ronald Lauder said it is a “concerning omission” that Michelin has no…

  • Prominent Connecticut rabbi from ‘Yale 5′ case accused of sexually abusing boys

    (JTA) — A former student of a Connecticut rabbi has claimed the Orthodox leader and yeshiva principal raped and molested him hundreds of times. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, Eliyahu Mirlis, 28, accused Rabbi Daniel Greer of sexually abusing him at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven from 2001 to 2005,…

  • Man stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City

    (JTA) — Israeli police are hunting for the attacker who stabbed a man in Jerusalem’s Old City, moderately injuring him. The victim, believed to be in his 60s, was stabbed in the back near the Austrian Hospice in the Muslim Quarter, according to the Times of Israel. He reportedly was conscious and in stable condition…

  • Would-be Miami synagogue bomber reportedly was Muslim convert, wanted to inspire other attacks

    (JTA) — The South Florida man arrested for planning to bomb a Miami synagogue has been publicly identified and charged in federal court. James Gonzalo Medina, 40, of Hollywood, appeared in court in Miami on Monday afternoon, several media outlets reported. Medina, who according to court papers is a convert to Islam, was arrested on a…

  • Ohio Jewish leader cited by John Kasich for Holocaust memorial role dies at 68

    (JTA) — Joyce Garver Keller, the longtime executive director of Ohio’s Jewish community relations council who helped establish a state Holocaust memorial, has died at 68. On Monday morning, less than two weeks before she was scheduled to be honored at a Jewish Council for Public Affairs event in Cleveland, Keller died at her home…