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  • Interfaith couple weds aboard Staten Island ferry

    While some interfaith couples squabble over whether to have the wedding in a church or synagogue, Bethany Hall and Keith Haskel found an innovative solution: aboard the Staten Island ferry. Accompanied by friends, family and a violinist, the Brooklyn couple wed late Friday afternoon on the 25-minute journey from Manhattan to Staten Island. During the…

  • 12-year-old Palestinian boy reportedly killed by Israeli forces during West Bank clashes

    (JTA) — A 12-year-old Palestinian boy reportedly was killed by Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank. Citing the Palestinian news agency Maan, The Times of Israel said Mohiyeh al-Tabakhi was killed Tuesday evening in the town of al-Ram as Israeli forces fired rubber bullets during the clashes there. The official Palestinian Wafa…

  • State Department: No ‘secret document’ on Iran

    (JTA) — The U.S. State Department denied that a “secret document” in the Iran nuclear deal will enable the Islamic Republic to develop nuclear weapons in just over 10 years. Responding to a report Monday by The Associated Press describing such a document, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement, “There is no…

  • Arizona Jewish candidate’s driveway vandalized with swastika, slurs

    (JTA) — A Jewish candidate for a seat in the Arizona State Legislature found anti-Semitic messages spray-painted on his driveway in suburban Phoenix. Adam Stevens, 31, of San Tan, discovered a swastika and the words “Go Home Jew” on Friday morning, The Arizona Republic reported Monday. A swastika also was painted on one of Stevens’…

  • Secret add-on to Iran deal reportedly allows stepped-up nukes production by 2027

    (JTA) — In what reportedly is the only part of last year’s Iran nuclear deal not made public, the Islamic Republic will be able to resume key nuclear production in just over a decade. An Associated Press article published Monday said the news agency had obtained a document saying that when the restrictions are lifted,…

  • Foundation assumes ownership of Phoenix Jewish newspaper

    (JTA) — The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix has taken over ownership of the metropolitan area’s Jewish News. Under an agreement signed Friday, the newspaper, which has been an independently owned for-profit for most of its existence since its founding in 1948, will become a nonprofit, according to an article published Sunday on the publication’s…

  • Turkey’s former attache to Israel reportedly confesses to planning coup

    (JTA) — Turkey’s former military attache to Israel reportedly has confessed to plotting the failed military coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Citing Turkey’s state-run Andalou news agency, The Times of Israel reported Monday that Akin Ozturk made the confession while under interrogation. In photos circulating in Turkish media Ozturk, who is also the…

  • Alabama councilwoman says Jewish man threatened her with gun over Holocaust comments

    (JTA) — A city councilwoman in Birmingham, Alabama, told police that a gun-wielding Jewish man threatened to harm her for opposing city funding of a Holocaust memorial. In a police complaint filed July 12, Sheila Tyson said a car pulled up to her as she was leaving the Birmingham Zoo on the afternoon of July…

  • The Wiener name is going to the dogs — again

    Yes, you can take a wiener on a summer picnic. But, let me tell you, growing up a Wiener was no picnic. Being a kid with my last name meant being serenaded with spontaneous performances of the “I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener” jingle. There were always giddy mentions of wiener dogs and…

  • US sales of ‘Mein Kampf’ will benefit Holocaust survivors in Boston

    (JTA) — The U.S. publisher of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” says it will donate all revenues from the infamously anti-Semitic book to a Jewish organization that helps Holocaust survivors in the Boston area. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is based in Boston, had initially planned to donate proceeds from the Nazi leader’s tract to several non-Jewish cultural…