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is the online coordinator for JTA.


  • Hillel: The place you go when you don’t know what to do with yourself

    You can spend endless hours scouring the internet for videos on any topic, but sometimes you find a gem worth sharing. In this fun and inviting video, the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, cover Flo Rida’s song “Whistle;” and put in their own words, welcoming everyone to Hillel. Singers Dissecta and Jesse put together…

  • Celebrating Lag b’Omer

    Traditionally, the day of Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day in the count from Passover to the holiday of Shavuot, marks the cessation of a plague that killed thousands of students of the Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva. Over the years, the holiday took on various mystical overtones and customs. Consequently, thousands of Jews flock to Meron…

  • Covering Radiohead’s Karma Police

    Radiohead’s song "Karma Police" captured the generational malaise of the 1990s and is now of the most covered songs on YouTube. Now, a new cover by Israeli artists, a cover that may have begun as a satire, has blossomed into a full blown viral hit. Tel Aviv-based musician Rotem Shefy sings the song, pronouncing the…

  • New allegations of falsified identity in Michael Broyde case

    A new report claims that professor and rabbi Michael Broyde may have created a second fake persona to engage in online discourse.

  • Did Michael Broyde use another false identity?

    A  new report from The Jewish Channel raises new questions about Rabbi Michael Broyde, the former Beth Din of America judge who admitted earlier this month to creating a fake persona in which he engaged in correspondence with other rabbis and gained membership in a rabbinic association. Now, TJC is claiming that Broyde may have…

  • Jewish fireworks CEO forced to defend sale to Tsarnaev

    Back in 2010 we profiled Bruce Zoldan, C.E.O of the B.J. Alan Company, the second largest importer and wholesaler of consumer fireworks in the United States. Now Zoldan finds himself embroiled in the Boston Marathon investigation because his company sold Tamerlan Tsarnaev fireworks possibly used in the homemade bombs. Zoldan insists that the powder in…

  • Israeli McDonald’s ad spoofs Israeli-American relations

    Israeli advertising often takes a crude, direct approach. But sometimes, they hit it just right. This advertisement for McDonalds is both. In the spot, the Secret Service runs around Israel looking for Israeli teenagers to help them make a cheeseburger for President Obama. There’s plenty to be said about the complexity of Israeli-American relations, but…

  • On way home from their kosher diner, brothers help save lives in Illinois wreck

    Brothers Ken and Daniel Hechtman, owners of a kosher diner, helped saved several people from a fiery wreck in suburban Chicago.

  • Ruskay to leave UJA-Federation of NY

    John Ruskay will be leaving his position as executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York.

  • Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs giving $133 million for Cornell-Technion institute

    Irwin Jacobs, the founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm, is making a $133 million gift to a joint institute of the Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.