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is the online coordinator for JTA.


  • Presidents Conference taps ADL’s Sugarman as chairman

    The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has nominated Robert Sugarman, the immediate past national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, as its chairman.

  • Cal-Berkeley student senate passes divestment measure

    A student senate at the University of California, Berkeley narrowly passed a measure calling on the school to divest from three companies with dealings in the West Bank.

  • 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto uprising

    Last week marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Though the event was immediately perceived as momentous, its memorialization took a few years to gain traction. The fifth anniversary of the uprising received little attention and few ceremonies were held. But while commemorative efforts lagged, the uprising garnered considerable attention in culture and…

  • B.J Novak signs huge book deal

    You might not yet recognize B.J. Novak’s name, but you soon will. Novak, head writer and actor in the hit TV-series, “The Office,” has been signed to a two book-deal by Knopf Publishers. Reportedly, Novak received over 7 figures as an advance for a two book contract. The first book, which his agent compares to…

  • Jake Gyllenhaal tackles the Great Gatsby

    Jake Gyllenhaal, everyone’s favorite Jewish pretty-boy, has released an audiobook of him reciting “The Great Gatsby.” I can’t think of anything more delightful than listening to Gyllenhaal’s mellifluous voice reading the hallowed words of Fitzgerald, and he kills it. The release comes out in honor of the upcoming new and modernized rendition of “The Great…

  • Jewish community ‘vigilant’ in the wake of Boston Marathon bombings

    The head of the security network for U.S. Jewish organizations said the community is “standing vigilant” following bombings at the Boston Marathon.

  • Michael Broyde, a leading Orthodox rabbi, admits to identity deception

    Rabbi Michael Broyde, a leading Modern Orthodox figure, confessed to using a fake persona to infiltrate a rival rabbinic organization and correspond with scholarly journals.

  • Immigration lawyer who posed as rabbi sentenced to four years in prison

    A New York immigration lawyer who fraudulently presented himself as a rabbi was sentenced to a four-year prison term.

  • A history of the Robinson Arch compromise

    As JTA’s Ami Eden explains, Natan Sharansky’s plan to convert Robinson’s Arch into an egalitarian space is not a novel idea. The arch has been discussed as a possible solution to the women’s prayer issue since the late 1990s. In 1998, a government-appointed committee suggested Robinson’s Arch as a potential site for mixed-gender services, but…

  • New details in the Drake/Chris Brown fight

    Some new “facts” have come to light on the now infamous fight between everyone’s favorite Canadian Jewish Rapper, Drake, and Chris Brown, everyone’s favorite person to hate. Last year, both of their crews were involved in an altercation that left numerous people injured, but it remained unclear why the fight actually broke out. TMZ now…