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  • Donald Trump: Obama is no friend of Israel

    NEW YORK (JTA) – In a foreign policy speech Wednesday panning President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Donald Trump said Obama has been no friend to Israel. “Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East, has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity,” Trump said at the…

  • Great Adventure: How an amusement park goes Orthodox for Passover

    JACKSON, N.J. (JTA) – Pinchas Cohen spent most of Monday wandering around Six Flags Great Adventure under a blazing sun, wearing a knee-length black coat and carrying a big box of shmura matzah under his arm. An imposing, Russian-born Chabad-Lubavitch Hasid who now lives in Brooklyn, Cohen came to this amusement park in New Jersey with…

  • What we know, and don’t know, about how Jews voted in New York

    NEW YORK (JTA) — For a people obsessed with numbers, the Jews have relatively scant concrete data about how, exactly, the Jews voted in Tuesday’s presidential primaries in New York. But we do know enough to make some educated guesses. Here’s what we know: Approximately 12 percent of all primary voters on Tuesday were Jewish,…

  • Bernie Sanders and Israel’s ‘disproportionate’ use of force

    There’s been much debate recently over Bernie Sanders’ accusation that Israel used disproportionate force in Gaza during the 2014 summer war with Hamas. In an April 1 meeting with the New York Daily News, Sanders cited Israel’s killing of more than 10,000 civilians, an inflated figure, during that conflict as evidence of Israel’s use of disproportionate force. When an interviewer looked…

  • 7 things to know about the Jews of New York for Tuesday’s primary

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Here’s what you need to know about the Jews of New York as the state votes in Tuesday’s presidential primary. About 1 in 10 New Yorkers is Jewish New York state has about 1.75 million Jews, comprising approximately 9 percent of its total population of 20 million. Nearly all the Jews live in…

  • No experience necessary: Meet the Orthodox lawyer advising Trump on Israel

    NEW YORK (JTA) – If Donald Trump wins the White House, he’ll probably be the first U.S. president whose top adviser on Israel used to do guard duty at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank armed with an M-16 assault weapon. The adviser, Jason Dov Greenblatt, currently works for Trump as a real estate…

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him….

  • When John Kasich linked Jesus’ blood to Passover at a Hasidic matzah bakery

    If Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s visit to Hasidic Brooklyn this week had yielded only one amusing moment, Dayenu – it would have been enough. But, thank God, there were many in the Republican presidential candidate’s visit to a Jewish bookstore, shmura matzah bakery and school in Borough Park on Tuesday. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful holiday for…

  • Orthodox feminists slam NJ rabbi over campus rape comments

    NEW YORK (JTA) – An Orthodox women’s group is calling for the ouster of a Teaneck rabbi from a synagogue conference after he penned a blog post dismissive of the problem of rape on college campuses. Last week, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Bnai Yeshurun, a large Orthodox synagogue in the northern New Jersey township, suggested…

  • Bernie Sanders supporters say he embodies their Jewish values

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Phil Aroneanu is a second-generation American Jew whose parents came to America as immigrants seeking refuge from an oppressive Communist regime in Eastern Europe. Aroneanu himself was born in New York City and later moved to Vermont. It’s a biography that to some extent mirrors that of Bernie Sanders. And it’s…