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  • How voter turnout could sway Israel’s election

    Israel’s politicians have spent the past three months telling voters they’re the best choice to serve Israel. But their success tomorrow will depend not just on whom they convince, but on how many of their supporters make it to the ballot box. Since 2001, voter turnout in Israel has hovered around 65 percent, and the… More ▸

  • Chuck Norris endorses Netanyahu

    Could Chuck Norris come to Benjamin Netanyahu’s rescue in tomorrow’s election? Probably not. But that didn’t stop the 75-year-old action hero-turned-Internet-meme icon from endorsing the Israeli prime minister on his official Facebook page. You can watch Norris’ video endorsement below: Norris shilling for Netanyahu is far from surprising. The actor has endorsed the center-right politician in… More ▸

  • VIDEO: Bennett goes for gold

    Naftali Bennett is known for many things, but his stellar singing voice isn’t one of them. At a rally Sunday in Tel Aviv, Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home Party, picked up a guitar to perform the Naomi Shemer classic “Jerusalem of Gold.” Bennett struggled in the performance, switching octaves as the song veered… More ▸

  • 5 things you need to know about today’s Israeli election

    1. It’s too close to call With Israelis headed to the polls tomorrow, the race remains tight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is trailing Isaac Herzog’s center-left Zionist Union by a few percentage points and is expected to come in second. Five of six polls released Friday gave Zionist Union a four seat lead, commanding 24… More ▸

  • Netanyahu meets the press

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is famously media shy, avoiding interviews with Israeli journalists, declining televised debates with his opponents and communicating almost exclusively via speeches and official statements. But with his Likud party trailing in the polls just a few days before Israel’s election on Tuesday, that all changed. Netanyahu conducted a series of interviews… More ▸

  • Q&A with Asian-Jewish researcher couple Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt

    Helen Kim and her husband, Noah Leavitt – Whitman College professors who met as grad students in the social sciences department at University of Chicago – are the leading, and virtually only, experts on Asian-Jewish intermarriage in the United States. The two — she’s Korean-American, he’s Jewish — recently spoke with JTA by phone from… More ▸

  • #AskHamas is one big #TwitterFail

    Did anyone really expect Hamas to be good at public relations? Yesterday, the Palestinian Islamist organization announced that it would launch a five-day #AskHamas social media campaign to reach out to people who might label them a terrorist group. However, the plan was hijacked well before it even started on Friday by some of those… More ▸

  • From the Archive: When Oregon’s governor moonlit as synagogue president

    JTA’s Anthony Weiss recently traveled to Portland, Ore., to document that city’s shifting Jewish demographics, particularly the growing population of hip, young Jews on its east side. While Portland’s allure for hipster Jews is a relatively new phenomenon, the Pacific Northwest city and its surrounding state have been hospitable to Jews for decades. In 1930,… More ▸

  • Tragedy in Brooklyn shines light on charity crowdfunding platform

    On Sunday night, the Jewish community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn was shocked by the sudden death of Nadiv Kehaty, 30, a father of four. Kehaty, a real estate agent who helped found a local Crown Heights synagogue named Itchke’s Shtiebel, did not have life insurance. He collapsed at an event Sunday night at his son’s… More ▸