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  • American Jewish Committee taps former board chair as president

    (JTA) — John Shapiro, the former chairman of the American Jewish Committee’s board of trustees, was elected president of the organization. Shapiro was elected at the group’s recent Global Forum in Washington, D.C., the AJC announced in a statement Wednesday. He succeeds Stanley Bergman. Shapiro, managing director of Chieftain Capital Management, Inc., which he co-founded…

  • Michigan high schools required to teach Holocaust, genocide

    (JTA) — Michigan public schools must teach about genocide, including the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, under a new law. The legislation, which was signed into law on Tuesday by the state’s governor, Rick Snyder, calls for six hours of instruction about genocide between eighth and 12th grade. It specifically mentions the Holocaust and the…

  • Steven Spielberg reportedly working on Walter Cronkite feature

    (JTA) — Award-winning director Steven Spielberg reportedly is working on a feature project about the late veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite and his role in turning American public opinion against the Vietnam War. Spielberg would team up for the project with his “Bridge of Spies” crew – screenwriter Matt Charman and producer Marc Platt — Deadline…

  • Security threat to Kansas City Jewish community ‘resolved’ by law enforcement

    (JTA) — A security threat to the Jewish community of Kansas City was “resolved” by local law enforcement, the head of the local Jewish federation said. Helene Lotman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, issued a statement Tuesday that Jewish agencies became aware that morning “of a potential threat to…

  • Ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone remains firm in claim Hitler supported Zionism

    (JTA) — Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone told a Parliament committee hearing that he regretted saying Adolf Hitler supported Zionism because of the furor it sparked but did not back down from the claim. Livingstone testified Tuesday before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee hearing on anti-Semitism. He ignored repeated offers from committee members…

  • Bill limiting non-Orthodox mikvah use in Israel advances to full Knesset

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bill that would bar non-Orthodox conversions at public ritual baths in Israel is headed to the full Knesset. On Monday, the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and Environment Committee advanced the legislation for a first reading in the parliament. The bill, which was introduced by the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, aims…

  • Sequel to Mel Gibson’s controversial ‘Passion of the Christ’ reportedly in the works

    (JTA) — Actor-director Mel Gibson and screenwriter Randall Wallace reportedly are working on a sequel to the controversial film “The Passion of the Christ.” Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the sequel, that the second film will focus on the resurrection of Christ. It would come come out more than a decade after…

  • New York Jewish man missing after paddleboarding off Long Island

    (JTA) — A  Jewish New Yorker who was paddleboarding in the Atlantic Ocean remains missing. A lifeguard said he had seen Gary Turkel, 41, on the paddleboard in the water without a lifejacket, Longisland.com reported. The Coast Guard deployed several units to locate Turkel, including a cutter, search and patrol aircraft, helicopters and patrol boats. Local…

  • Man shoots himself in the leg at Zabar’s Jewish food emporium in New York

    (JTA) — A man waiting in line at Zabar’s, a mecca for Jewish foodies on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, accidentally shot himself in the leg. The gun in the waistband of his pants discharged at the Zabar’s cafe on Tuesday morning, according to local reports. The man, identified as being 48 years old, fled the…

  • Israel’s envoy to UN elected chairman of standing committee in historic vote

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations was elected chairman of the U.N. Legal Committee — the first time an Israeli has been chosen to head a permanent committee of the world body. Danny Danon received 109 out of 175 votes in the General Assembly on Monday to head what is also known…