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  • Bill granting disaster relief to houses of worship reintroduced

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan trio of House members from the Northeast reintroduced legislation that would provide direct relief to synagogues and churches damaged by natural disaster. U.S. Reps. Grace Meng and Peter King, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, from New York, and Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, this week introduced the Federal Disaster Assistance… More ▸

  • Believe the hype: New Public Enemy album named for Yiddish proverb

    Public Enemy, the Grammy-nominated hip-hop group, released its 13th studio album on Thursday. The title of the album, “Man Plans, God Laughs,” is a translation of a well-known Yiddish proverb. It’s unclear whether or not the band, formed on Long Island, New York, in 1982, knowingly used a Yiddish phrase. Efforts to reach the band… More ▸

  • Do Jews control Hollywood — or at least the Emmys?

    Whoever says the Jews control Hollywood may be onto something. Nominees for the 2015 Emmy Awards were announced Thursday, and the list reads like a “Who’s Who” of A-list Jews in the entertainment business. Among the Jewish machers who scored nominations are Jon Stewart (who’s now preparing for his final bow on “The Daily Show”), for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Liev… More ▸

  • In Israel’s domestic politics, Iran deal is a gift for Netanyahu

    Maybe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be thanking the Obama administration for the Iran deal. Netanyahu called Tuesday’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear program a “stunning historic mistake.” He says it’s going to endanger the Middle East. But within Israel, the deal looks to be a political godsend for the prime minister. A few days… More ▸

  • What about Obama playing the warmonger card?

    JTA’s own Ron Kampeas has a post up arguing that Ron Dermer’s “just the facts” repudiation of the Iran deal works better than his boss’ speculation about President Barack Obama’s “desire.” In particular, Kampeas questioned the wisdom of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to assert that “we were right when we said that the desire to… More ▸

  • In Europe, worried Iranian expats warn mullahs can’t be trusted

    Thinking of his native Iran brings professor Afshin Ellian a mix of pain and pleasure. Under police protection for his vocal opposition of Islamist extremism, Ellian feels the pain of millions languishing under the Islamic regime and Western sanctions that he views as consequences of the regime’s warmongering. But Ellian — a law professor at Leiden… More ▸

  • Unlike Netanyahu, Ron Dermer wisely sticks to facts in blasting Iran deal

    Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, D.C., outlined Israel’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal in an op-ed Wednesday in The Washington Post. The op-ed outlines “four major problems”: Iran’s nuclear infrastructure remains intact; key aspects of the deal “sunset” after as little as 10 years; it could lead to a regional nuclear arms race, and it… More ▸

  • Obama vs. Israel: The rhetorical faceoff on Iran

    When the Obama and Netanyahu administrations argue over the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, they often seem to be talking past each other. So if you can’t decide who to support, here — point by point — are the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key criticisms of the deal struck Tuesday and President Barack… More ▸

  • Nicky Hilton marries into the Tribe

    Paying for the wedding was probably not a problem. Last Friday, Nicky Hilton, heiress of the decades-old Hilton Hotel empire wed James Rothschild, scion of the centuries-old Rothschild banking family, in yet another high-profile union involving a Jewish groom. (Think Lauren Bush and Ralph Lauren, Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, Ashley Biden and Howard Krein and… More ▸

  • Lena Dunham to launch newsletter named after ‘old Jewish man’

    Lena Dunham, creator of the hit HBO show “Girls,” is starting a lifestyle newsletter and naming it Lenny — “the name of an old Jewish man,” according to her business partner. Lenny is “the name that people call us by accident all the time on the walkie-talkie” on the set of “Girls,” the partner, Jenni Konner, told… More ▸