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  • Jewish zookeeper, 38, killed by tiger at Florida zoo

    (JTA) — A 38-year-old Jewish zookeeper in Florida described as a “tiger whisperer” was killed Friday afternoon when a 13-year-old Malayan tiger in her care attacked her. Initial reports indicated that Stacey Feige Konwiser, who was preparing for a “Tiger Talk” for patrons at the Palm Beach Zoo scheduled for later that afternoon, was following all…

  • Right-wing Israeli minister calls for Gaza port

    (JTA)— A right-wing Israeli minister spoke out against “shameful” conditions Palestinians experience at Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the Jewish Home party who advocates for Jews having greater access to the Temple Mount, said Friday that the current conditions are a “disgrace to the State of Israel and…

  • NY mosque hosts seder for Jews, Muslims

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Some 100 Jews and Muslims participated in a Passover celebration at a Manhattan mosque. Coordinated by the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, the gathering took place April 14 at the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan in New York, News 4 New York reported. “I don’t believe anything quite like this has happened in…

  • ‘Outrageous’ that college debaters were asked to defend Palestinian stabbing attacks, says ADL

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League said it was “outrageous” that a debate topic at an inter- university debating competition in Atlanta required participants to justify Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. At the U.S. Universities Debating Championship at Morehouse College on Sunday one of the topics was “This House Believes that Palestinian Violence Against…

  • Third round of Jewish specialty camps to launch with $10 million gift

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Foundation for Jewish Camp has received a $10 million grant to help establish a third set of Jewish specialty camps. The money from the Jim Joseph Foundation will fund Incubator III, which will help establish four Jewish specialty camps. A total of nine such camps — including one focused on business…

  • Mother of soldier who killed disarmed Palestinian appeals for his release

    (JTA) — The mother of the Israeli soldier who was seen on video shooting dead a disarmed and supine Palestinian urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “please do everything you can to make sure my son comes home.” Her letter to Netanyahu was printed in Israeli media outlets Thursday, shortly after the Israel Defense Forces announced…

  • Ivanka Trump’s hubby, Jared Kushner, reportedly buying Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump’s husband and other Jewish real estate developers reportedly are in talks to purchase the Jehovah’s Witnesses world headquarters in Brooklyn. The 733,000-square-foot building in the trendy Dumbo section of the New York City borough is being sold to Jared Kushner along with a German Jew, Aby Rosen, and the…

  • Iranian pilot who defected to Turkey threatens to seek asylum in Israel

    (JTA) — An Iranian pilot threatened to move to Israel and work with the state to undermine the Islamic Republic’s government. Maj. Ahmad-Reza Khosravi, who defected to Turkey last year, said he will seek asylum in Israel if Iran doesn’t stop intimidating his wife and son, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday. Should Khosravi follow through, he would…

  • Israeli president calls for ‘calm and tolerance’ ahead of sometimes-violent holidays

    (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin convened a meeting of Jewish, Muslim and Christian clergy to “promote a message of calm and tolerance” in advance of major Jewish, Muslim and Christian holidays, including the Jewish Passover. “This place, our home, is engulfed in the flames of incitement some of which originates in the words of well…

  • Yuri Milner putting $100M into space project, teaming with Mark Zuckerberg

    (JTA) — Russian-Jewish philanthropist and entrepreneur Yuri Milner is investing $100 million in an interstellar project that includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Nobel laureate Stephen Hawking. Breakthrough Starshot, which will send tiny robot spacecrafts into space, was announced Tuesday at a New York news conference. The project would take decades and cost as much…