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

    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…

  • 5 shocking quotes by Israel’s chief rabbis

    (JTA) — Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi said Saturday that non-Jews who don’t accept Judaism’s basic laws for humanity should be expelled from Israel and sent to Saudi Arabia. But Jews will hold off on doing that until the messianic age because in the meantime Israel needs non-Jews as servants. “Who will be the servers? Who will be…

  • Pew study: Israel only country where men pray more than women

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Israel is the only country in the world where a higher percentage of men say they engage in daily prayer than women, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. The study, which draws on data from more than 2,500 censuses and surveys taken over the last few years…

  • 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,…