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  • Knesset ethics panel reprimands haredi lawmaker who slammed Women of the Wall

    (JTA) — The Knesset Ethics Committee reprimanded a United Torah Judaism lawmaker for saying that members of a group that holds women’s prayer services at the Western Wall should be “thrown to the dogs.” Meir Porush, the deputy education minister and a member of the haredi Orthodox party, was reprimanded Tuesday for the remark, which…

  • Details coming on 2 corruption investigations of unnamed Israeli politicians

    (JTA) — Israelis are bracing for two major corruption scandals involving two high-ranking politicians. The existence of the separate scandals, both in the preliminary stages of investigation, was reported in several Israeli media outlets Tuesday night. Few details have been released. One case involves suspicions of “severe” corruption, according to Channel 2, while the other,…

  • Scottish rabbi hawks ‘kosher’ tartan celebrating Scottish, Jewish heritage

    (JTA) — A Scottish rabbi has created what he says is the world’s only “kosher” tartan, a plaid fabric pattern that represents both Scottish and Jewish heritage. Rabbi Mendel Jacobs has registered the design with the Scottish Tartans Authority and is selling various wool Judaica items made from it, including a prayer shawl, prayer shawl bag…

  • Jewish porn star James Deen’s career thriving despite assault allegations

    (JTA) — Jewish porn star James Deen is more popular than ever, despite (or perhaps because of) being accused of rape last year. Vocativ reported that since allegations against Deen first surfaced in late November, searches for him have tripled on the porn site xHamster, and his production company’s share of the adult entertainment business has…

  • Controversial law on suspending Knesset members passes first reading

    (JTA) — A controversial bill that enables Knesset members to vote to suspend colleagues passed its first reading. The measure passed by a vote of 59-52 on Monday night, the Times of Israel reported. It must pass two more readings before becoming law. Under the legislation, Knesset members could be suspended if they “negate the…

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg to make ‘Merchant of Venice’ cameo

    (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make a cameo appearance in a production of “The Merchant of Venice.” READ: Ruth Bader Ginsburg to publish first book in more than 20 years Ginsburg, 83, will appear briefly in a Venice production of the famous play in July, ABC News reported. The performance is…

  • Student says viral rant at Uber driver a reaction to anti-Semitic insult

    (JTA) — A University of Michigan student who was caught on video yelling a torrent of profanities at an Uber driver says he was responding to anti-Semitic remarks. Jake Croman, who is Jewish, is being investigated by school administrators and his fraternity after the video was shown on YouTube. It has had nearly 350,000 views…

  • Israel’s defense minister: Hebron shooter was ‘soldier gone bad, not a hero’

    (JTA) — Israel’s defense minister has spoken out against lawmakers who are voicing support for the soldier caught on video shooting a prone Palestinian terrorist in the head last week. On Monday, Moshe Yaalon told the Knesset that the investigation has determined that the fatal shooting on Thursday in Hebron was “a case of a…

  • Black-faced apparent Purim effigy in Rockland County draws condemnation

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Leaders in the Jewish community of New York’s Rockland County condemned the hanging of a black-faced doll with dreadlocks outside a local home apparently in celebration of Purim. The effigy, which according to a News12 Hudson Valley report Thursday evening was spotted outside a Spring Valley house, angered many African-Americans and others in the area…

  • Joseph Sher, Holocaust survivor and tailor to stars, dies at 100

    (JTA) — Joseph Sher, a Holocaust survivor who became a New Orleans tailor with such celebrity clients as Fats Domino and Elvis Presley, has died at 100. Sher died Thursday at Lambeth House, a New Orleans retirement community and assisted-living facility, The Times-Picayune reported. He was the oldest Holocaust survivor in New Orleans and the leader…