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  • Mary Tyler Moore on growing up in a Brooklyn Jewish neighborhood: Bruises, scraped knees and ‘fun’

    (JTA) — On Wednesday, the day Mary Tyler Moore died at 80, we wrote how she introduced fully developed Jewish characters into the American popular imagination. A letter she wrote to The New York Times in 1996 may explain why. Tyler Moore took umbrage then at the Times’ suggestion that the comic actress with the…

  • Netanyahu, marking Holocaust remembrance, says Trump will help world recognize Iran threat

    (JTA) — Iran poses the greatest danger to the Jews, and President Donald Trump will help make the world aware of the threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in remarks marking Holocaust remembrance. Netanyahu, speaking Thursday at the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, also noted the…

  • FBI sees bomb threats to JCCs as hate crime, not terrorism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The FBI is investigating a rash of bomb threats to Jewish community centers as a hate crime and not a terrorist threat. Agents briefed Jewish community leaders across the country through a call Thursday organized by the Anti-Defamation League. The agents said the calls targeted over 30 JCCs in 20 states this…

  • Rudy Giuliani delivers Trump message to Netanyahu in Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rudy Giuliani delivered a message from President Donald Trump to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The former New York mayor, a top informal adviser to Trump, “delivered a personal message ahead of the expected meeting between the leaders next month in Washington,” said the alert sent Thursday by the Prime Minister’s Office…

  • Democratic senator places hold on resolution slamming UN

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — One or more Democratic senators are holding up a resolution condemning last month’s United Nations Security Council condemnation of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., was behind the hold, Jewish Insider reported Wednesday. The report cited Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who told the newsletter that the Senate resolution’s…

  • Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on to fully imagined Jewish characters

    (JTA) — There are plenty of paradigms in the history of humor for how Jews and non-Jews get along, or don’t: as persecutors and victims, as saviors and saved, as allies against a common oppressor. All these are fraught with the tensions between the powerful and the disempowered, which makes sense: Fear drives humor. But…

  • Trump picks for CIA, secretary of state and UN envoy advance through Senate

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Trump administration nominees for foreign policy and security posts are advancing through the Senate. On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a congressman known for his hard-line opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, as CIA director. Also Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Nikki Haley, the South Carolina…

  • Trump will raise settlements at meeting with Netanyahu

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump wants to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about recent settlement expansion plans when they meet next month. “He wants to have a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and we’ll discuss that,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said Tuesday at the daily briefing for reporters when asked…

  • At dawn of the Trump era, 2 Jewish tribes descend on Washington

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – “Cantor Kaufman!” Rabbi Jonah Pesner shouted across the intersection of 3rd and D in Washington’s Northwest quadrant, packed sidewalk to sidewalk with women in pink pussycat hats and their male friends. “A song!” Jason Kaufman, the cantor at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, draped in a rainbow tallit and in…

  • No decision yet on moving US Embassy to Jerusalem, White House says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration has yet to decide on when to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, its spokesman said. On Monday, Sean Spicer, in his first Q&A with reporters as White House press secretary, said that President Donald Trump had not yet made a decision about the embassy move. “There’s no decision,” Spicer…