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is the online coordinator for JTA.


  • Doing away with gender

    A new bill proposed in the Knesset seeks to get rid of the gender category requirement on Israeli identity cards.

  • Bochurs on a plane

    A group of Jewish high school students on a Southwest Airlines flight was ejected for what the crew claims was disruptive behavior.

  • ‘I’m sorry I was a Nazi’

    50 years after its initial publication, ‘Account Rendered’, a memoir by a Nazi attempting to explain her past to a Jewish friend, is being republished.

  • Looking back at Lautenberg

    Frank Lautenberg, who died today at the age of 89, had a long and accomplished career advocating for Jewish issues.

  • Bar mitzvah when he’s 64

    One polish man finds out he is Jewish, not Catholic, at age 51. 13 years later he celebrates his bar mitzvah at the Western Wall.

  • U.S.-Israel relations in the wake of Jonathan Pollard

    In the wake of the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, U.S.-Israel relations took a step back, but would ultimately recoup.

  • Full of sound and fury: Bloch’s ‘Macbeth’ opera gets a rare airing

    (Courtesy of L.A. Jewish Journal – By Rick Schultz) Ernest Bloch, the renowned 20th century Swiss-born American composer, wrote just one opera, “Macbeth,” and it has rarely been produced in the United States since its 1910 Paris premiere. Now, the Long Beach Opera is presenting the opera’s first U.S. staging since John Houseman’s 1973 production,…

  • So what does the envoy to combat anti-Semitism actually do?

    Ira Forman, the former longtime director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, was chosen this past week to be President Obama’s envoy to combat anti-Semitism. But what exactly does this envoy do? The Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism was created in 2004 with the passing of the The Global Review of Anti-Semitism Act. Two…

  • Jewish Organizations to deliver 20,000 pounds of food to Oklahoma

    Jewish organizations unite to send 20,000 pounds of food to victims of the tornado in Oklahoma.

  • My big fat Belzer wedding

    This past week’s Belzer wedding attracted over 25,000 people, making it one of the biggest weddings in recent history.