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  • 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…

  • Bernie Sanders’ new Jewish outreach director is outspoken critic of Israeli occupation

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Simone Zimmerman, the Bernie Sanders campaign’s newly hired national Jewish outreach coordinator, is quite familiar with the American Jewish establishment. She is used to fighting against it. During the 2014 Gaza war, Zimmerman was one of the leaders of a group of young Jews that held regular protest vigils outside the offices…

  • The Hasidic bloc vote, Bernie and Hillary’s Empire State of mind and other NY campaign notes

    NEW SQUARE, N.Y. (JTA) – Jewish voters are all over the map when it comes to their plans for voting in New York’s presidential primary on April 19. Except for New Square, the all-Hasidic village of 8,000 in Rockland County, about 30 miles north of Manhattan. In this insular haredi Orthodox community led by the…

  • At Jews for Bernie event, anger boils over at Sanders campaign

    NEW YORK (JTA) – It might have been the last place you’d expect anger to erupt against the Bernie Sanders campaign. But at a Jews for Bernie brunch in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood on Sunday, the frustration seemed to boil over when some silver-haired Jewish supporters of Sanders began deriding what they described as the campaign’s…

  • The time Hillary Clinton came to the rabbi’s family seder – and stayed for hours

    NEW YORK (JTA) – How was Helene and Bob Fine’s family seder in 2000 different from every other Passover night? First lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea came. (President Bill Clinton would have joined, too, if not for Yasser Arafat, but we’ll get to that.) This was no political or community institution event. It…

  • Ted Cruz to take a bite of the Big Apple’s matzah

    Ted Cruz has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the New York presidential primary. After his big win Tuesday in Wisconsin, the senator with the Texas twang is trailing Donald Trump in the polls. He didn’t make many friends in the state when he derisively referred to the celebrity businessman and Queens…

  • Who is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law?

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Jared Kushner has many claims to fame. He’s married to Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican presidential front-runner. He’s the scion of a philanthropy-minded Jewish family from New Jersey that is one of the biggest names in New York real estate. He’s the owner and publisher of a storied weekly, the New…

  • Even Orthodox Jews starting to wrestle with transgender issues

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Here’s a riddle: If a transgender Jew shows up at an Orthodox synagogue, on which side of the mechitzah barrier separating the sexes should the person be seated? That’s an easy one compared to more complex Jewish legal questions raised by people who don’t identify as the gender suggested by their…

  • Shmura matzah for Passover: The real reason it’s so expensive

    NEW YORK (JTA) – It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for Passover ritual use. Yet every year, Jews from Brooklyn to Bnei Brak line up to fork over their hard-earned money to buy…