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  • American tourist kills himself on Birthright Israel trip

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An American tourist on a Birthright Israel trip killed himself, the organization behind the program for Jewish young adults said. The man was found dead in a hotel room Wednesday morning, Birthright Israel said. The group was preparing to spend the day at Masada. A Birthright spokeswoman said it would not provide…

  • Businessman Nelson Peltz reportedly throws $2 million bar mitzvah for twin sons

    (JTA) — Businessman Nelson Peltz reportedly threw a bar mitzvah party for his twin sons that cost an estimated $2 million. Hundreds of guests attended the May 14 bash for Zachary and Gregory Peltz at the Pierre, a luxury hotel on tony Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the New York Post’s Page Six reported. Among the…

  • Israel’s defense chief, possibly on his way out, says nation has lost ‘moral compass’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has lost its “moral compass,” Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Thursday in his first public statements since the news broke that he may lose his Cabinet position to Avigdor Liberman. “We need to steer the country in accordance with one’s conscience and not whichever way the wind is blowing,” Yaalon said…

  • Israeli mother, daughter killed in car accident in Switzerland

    (JTA) — A mother and daughter from Israel died in a car accident in Switzerland. The two women, aged 27 and 54, were killed Tuesday afternoon near the village of Quinto, 240 miles southeast of Bern, the capital, the news website 24heures reported. According to the report, their car was slowly advancing in traffic when it was forcefully…

  • Belgium declines Israeli teens’ aid request after parents killed in museum attack

    (JTA) — Belgium has turned down a request for financial assistance from the daughters of an Israeli couple killed in a 2014 attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Shira and Ayelet Riva were 15 and 17 at the time of the attack. Mira and Emmanuel Riva were on vacation and touring the museum in May…

  • Dallas Jewish lawyer was victim of ‘a hit,’ his friend says

    (JTA) — Ira Tobolowsky, a longtime civil rights lawyer from a prominent Jewish family in Dallas, was the victim of “a hit,” one of his friends said Wednesday. “This was a hit. There’s no question in my mind this was a hit. … It just had to be criminal,” Robert Hinton, also a Dallas attorney, told…

  • Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina concert over transgender bathroom law

    (JTA) — Itzhak Perlman, the acclaimed Israel-born violinist, has canceled a concert with the North Carolina Symphony over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law. Perlman announced Tuesday that he would cancel the concert, 24 hours before he was due to perform in the state capital, Raleigh. “As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime…

  • Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog freezes unity government talks

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The opposition leader in Israel said he has frozen talks about joining the government coalition. Isaac Herzog, who heads the left-wing Zionist Union party, said Wednesday he would halt the talks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set up a meeting with Avigdor Liberman, head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party. Netanyahu and…

  • Egypt backs French Israeli-Palestinian peace conference, says Sissi

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi offered his support for the French peace initiative, saying that Egypt is prepared to “make every effort” to contribute to an Israeli-Palestinian settlement. The announcement on Tuesday came hours after French President Francois Hollande said a summit of representatives of 20 countries that had been scheduled for May 30…

  • Chicken pox outbreak hits Brooklyn Hasidic neighborhood

    (JTA) — The New York Health Department is investigating an outbreak of chicken pox in a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn. Some 75 cases of the varicella virus have been documented in Williamsburg since March, according to reports. All of the cases involve children age 10 or under, and most have affected 3-year-olds, Gothamist reported….