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  • Leon Charney, Jewish TV show host and property tycoon, dies

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Leon Charney, the Jewish TV talk show host, lawyer and real estate tycoon who was said to have helped foster key backchannel negotiations between Israel and Egypt leading up to the Camp David Accords, has died. Charney’s death was announced by Florida Atlantic University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate last…

  • Donald Trump’s AIPAC speech: What to expect and how to watch

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s speech Monday night to the 18,000 attendees of this year’s AIPAC conference is sure to be the most talked-about address of the event. There are a few things you may want to look out for. The last time he addressed a Jewish audience, at the Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Washington,…

  • The 9 most interesting things Hillary Clinton told AIPAC

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference on Monday morning. Here are the most interesting nuggets from her speech. On being America’s first female president: “Some of us remember a woman, Golda Meir, leading Israel’s government decades ago and wonder: What’s taking us so long here in…

  • Jewish Exponent’s ex-publisher, current managing editor hired for new news venture

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The former publisher and current managing editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent have been hired by a New York media businessman to cover city and state politics in Pennsylvania’s state capital. Tom Allon, who runs a publication called City & State in New York, plans to form a similar venture to…

  • Inside the Jewish life of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

    (JTA) – Americans have heard a lot about Merrick Garland since President Barack Obama nominated him to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But there’s a lot we still don’t know. What are his views on abortion? Will the Republican leadership give him a hearing in the Senate? What was his bar mitzvah Torah…

  • Mayor warning of ‘invasion’ from Lakewood, NJ: ‘I’m not anti-Semitic’

    NEW YORK (JTA) – The mayor of a town adjacent to the Orthodox Jewish stronghold of Lakewood, New Jersey, says a comment he made about Jewish home buyers invading his town does not make him anti-Semitic. Thomas Kelaher, the mayor of Toms River, was quoted in a recent Bloomberg News story as saying that Orthodox…

  • Obama nominates Jewish judge, Merrick Garland, to Supreme Court

    NEW YORK (JTA) – President Barack Obama nominated to the Supreme Court a Jewish judge, Merrick Garland, who is currently the chief of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Garland, 63, a Chicago native, has worked in Washington since the 1970s, first as a Supreme Court clerk, then a private lawyer, an…

  • On Israel Apartheid Week, some pro-Israel students find silence is best response

    NEW YORK (JTA) – When Israel Apartheid Week came to Columbia University in early March, there was potential for great agitation at the heavily Jewish campus. The local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, the nation’s leading campus proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, set up a mock “Israeli apartheid…

  • Obama, Elvis and 5 other famous Shabbos goys

    These guys in Queens may be the world’s proudest Shabbos goys, but they’re hardly the most well-known ones. Here are a few of the more famous non-Jews who have helped religious Jews skirt Sabbath restrictions by performing such forbidden acts as turning off lights or flipping on the A/C. Elvis Presley Harold Fruchter, a singer and…

  • These may be America’s proudest Shabbos goys

    NEW YORK (JTA) – For Samir Patel, the term “goy” is no slur. It’s a point of pride. Patel is a manager of Suhag Wine & Liquors, a family-owned business in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, in Queens. He’s a Hindu immigrant from India, but the vast majority of his customers are religious Jews,…