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  • How Israel’s president learned to love Reform Judaism, and vice versa

    Reform leaders on Sunday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would have been next to unthinkable just last year. Along with decrying a “worrying escalation of incitement,” the leaders praised a man they only recently condemned: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “The president’s personal commitment to the values of democracy and Judaism are… More ▸

  • 7 revealing facts about Jews at American colleges

    Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, released its annual fall college guide earlier this month — complete with rankings of “The Top Schools Jews Choose.” The figures are estimated by campus Hillels. Here are seven takeaways. 1. The University of Florida has the most Jewish students of any North American college  The University of Florida, with… More ▸

  • Streit’s Matzo factory may be converted into Manhattan condos

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Developers are considering building condominiums on the historic former site of Streit’s Matzo factory in Manhattan. Manhattan-based Cogswell Realty filed tentative plans with the New York attorney general’s office to build 45 residential condo units, a commercial condo and 26 storage units on the property, The Real Deal reported. According to the attorney general, Cogswell… More ▸

  • Watch Bernie Sanders discuss his ‘absolutely dope’ civil rights record with Atlanta rapper

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently sat down for a videotaped talk with an unorthodox interviewer: Killer Mike, a rapper and black activist known for being half of acclaimed rap duo Run the Jewels. The interview took place at an Atlanta barber shop owned by the “raptivist,” real name Michael Render, in late November, just before he introduced… More ▸

  • How The NY Times misrepresents Christian Zionist pastor John Hagee

    The New York Times on Tuesday night posted a roundup of responses to an incendiary video by the Israeli right-wing group Im Tirtzu that targets human rights NGOs as “terrorist moles.” (We cover the same issue here.) The Times story is thorough and sober. That is, until it ends with a gratuitous swipe at Pastor… More ▸

  • Roman Polanski, 10 other Hollywood Jews open up about surviving Holocaust

    The Hollywood Reporter is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on 11 survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. The project, released Wednesday morning online and in print, includes moving video interviews with all the subjects, including director Roman Polanski and sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. Director Steven Spielberg, the founder… More ▸

  • Is Trump really a fascist, or just an ugly capitalist?

    You may remember Arthur Chu, the Jeopardy! contestant whose strategies last year kept him in the game for 11 episodes and earned him plaudits and derision alike. He’s also a political columnist on the liberal side of the spectrum, and in a column for Salon on the Donald Trump phenomenon, he says enough with the Hitler and… More ▸

  • New $41M Jaffa penthouse said to be priciest in Israel

    Are your many millions burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s a new place to park it: A $41 million top-floor apartment is now up for grabs in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. It’s allegedly the most expensive penthouse currently on the market in Israel. The penthouse at the W Tel Aviv Hotel, as the pad is called, boasts more… More ▸

  • Bubbe says vote for me! Would-be congressman touts grandma’s support

    My colleague Daniel Treiman wrote the other day about how President Barack Obama used “chutzpah” in a fundraising pitch. Joel Rubin, running for Congress in a suburban Maryland district, did Obama one better by bringing bubbe into it. “Today is my bubbe Yetta’s 93rd birthday,” Rubin said. “This morning she told me that her birthday wish… More ▸