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  • Leonard Cohen memorial concert in Montreal to feature Sting, Elvis Costello

    (JTA) — The family of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has announced a benefit concert in Montreal to mark the first anniversary of his death. The concert, called “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen,” will be held Nov. 6 in Cohen’s hometown, his family said Monday. It will benefit the Canada Council, which awards…

  • Neo-Nazi group marches through Swedish city in run-up to planned Yom Kippur demonstration

    (JTA) — A group that promotes an openly racist and anti-Semitic doctrine marched through Sweden’s second largest city ahead of its neo-Nazi march planned for Yom Kippur. Dozens of members of the Nordic Resistance Movement marched through Gothenburg on Sunday, reportedly using the event to build support for its Sept. 30 march going near the city’s…

  • 2017 Emmy Awards: On a historic night for diversity, ‘SNL’ quietly wins big

    (JTA) — The 2017 Emmy Awards presentation, which is being hailed as a historic night for diversity in Hollywood, honored some Jewish talent. “Saturday Night Live” led the way with eight of the TV awards, which were handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles. “SNL” winners included Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, for best supporting…

  • Mitchell Flint, US fighter pilot who helped create Israeli Air Force, dies at 94

    (JTA) — Mitchell Flint, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who helped create the Israeli Air Force in 1948, has died. Flint died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 94. He served in Israel’s first fighter squadron as one of the founding members of Machal, a group of non-Israelis who fought in Israel’s…

  • ‘Hot cop’ from Hurricane Irma selfie suspended over anti-Semitic Facebook posts

    (JTA) — A Florida police officer has been suspended with pay after complaints that he posted anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page. A selfie of police officer Michael Hamill and two other Gainesville, Florida, police officers was posted a week ago on the department’s Facebook page, showing the officers helping the community in the wake…

  • Jewish lesbian asked to stop working at church pantry

    (JTA) — A woman from Texas was asked to stop volunteering at a local church food pantry after it was discovered that she was both Jewish and lesbian. Carmen Hix wrote in a post on Facebook on Sept. 8 that she took a week off of work and donated over $500 worth of food to…

  • Haredi Orthodox protest against Israeli army conscription

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of haredi Orthodox Jewish protesters demonstrated in Jerusalem against conscription in the Israel Defense Forces. The protesters clashed with police Sunday during the demonstrations in the haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim, leading to the arrest of at least 8 protesters. At least two teenage protesters were injured in the melee, Ynet…

  • St. Louis synagogue opens doors to protesters against police shooting

    (JTA) — A synagogue in St. Louis opened its doors to provide sanctuary for protesters demonstrating against the acquittal of a white policeman for the killing of a black suspect after police efforts to control the protesters led to violence. After St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers reportedly surrounded the Central Reform Congregation on Friday night…

  • Iran’s supreme leader warns world powers against pressuring his country

    (JTA) — Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran ‘s supreme leader, warned world powers of unspecified consequences should it increase pressure on Iran regarding the nuclear deal and other issues. U.S. and European officials will in coming weeks consider means of increasing pressure on Iran for its missile tests, its backing for terrorism and its military adventurism. “Any…

  • Israeli army goes to war against smoking

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces is waging a new war — against smoking. The military announced Sunday that on 65 bases across the country it will stop selling cigarettes and prohibit lighting up in public, creating designated smoking areas instead. The army’s Kiriya headquarters in Tel Aviv are among those where smoking will…