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is JTA’s Associate Director of Outreach and Partnerships. Follow him on Twitter: @hypersem


  • Israeli woman fights Tel Aviv City Hall

    Good Israeli entrepreneurship: electric cars. Bad Israeli entrepreneurship: Tel Aviv municipal workers painting a handicap parking space around your legally-parked car and then towing it. [[READMORE]] Victim Hila Ben Baruch didn’t accept her vehicle’s fate without a fight. Rather than pay $366 dollars in fines and towing fees, she procured security camera footage and posted it…

  • How to throw a Jewish historical Super Bowl Party

    From Jewish coaches to Super Bowl anti-Semitism, here are some pro football stories from JTA’s historical coverage, best served with chips and salsa: 1926 Arnold “Arnie” Horween, four-year player and one-year coach with the Chicago Cardinals, is named head football coach at Harvard University. 1934 JTA laments its lack of a sports section as New…

  • Figure skater Max Aaron advances to world championship

    Jewish figure skater Max Aaron will represent the United States at the men’s ice skating world championships after winning the U.S. men’s national championship.

  • Remembering Ed Koch, as a mayor and Jewish activist

    Ed Koch died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, the day a documentary about his life premiered in New York City. As JTA’s Uriel Heilman and Ron Kampeas note in their obituary of the former mayor, Koch wasn’t shy about being Jewish or sticking up for Israel and other Jewish causes — and that’s how he wanted to…

  • People of the Tweet: White House Mazel Tov, Israel Missile Checklist, Putting ‘Bar’ in Bat Mitzvah

    #Israeli Amb. congratulates Denis McDounough on his appointment as the WH Chief of Staff: "A hearty mazel tov 2 my friend & close colleague" — Natasha Mozgovaya (@mozgovaya) January 25, 2013 Water? Check. Radio? Ummm. Gas masks? Ummm yeh somewhere. #Food? I guess. Missiles on #Israel? Could do without thanks.#Syria #Lebanon — Michael Lawrence (@IsraelSpeaker)…

  • Gas masks for kids in Israel

    Purim comes one month early for some children in Israel, after a reported attack on a Syrian convey set off a rush for gas masks. As one Twitter user wrote: Crap’s going down in Syria. Speaking of which, just how do they think I’m gonna get my child in this gas mask? #Israel… —…

  • Tu b’Shevat harder to spell than Chanukah (Hanukkah?)

    How do you spell Tu b’Shvat, Jewish Arbor Day? Answer wisely, lest you be on the receiving end of an orthographical smackdown.  [[READMORE]] More so than the Chanukah vs. Hanukkah debate, the debate over the Jewish New Year for the trees rages on. Jewish environmental organization Hazon learned this the hard way after defending its…

  • Craigslist Shabbat dinner attendee tells all

    “Seven Single White Jewish Males Looking to Host Seven Single Females for Shabbat Dinner,” read the headline of the Craigslist ad. Only 11 walked out to tell the tale. Now Sarah Barness — a female attendee of the notorious Craigslist Shabbat dinner ad that went viral — tells all on DC’s GathertheJews Blog: We talk about our backgrounds,…

  • Survey: 27 percent of Americans see God’s hand in sports

    More than one-quarter of Americans believe God plays a role in determining sports outcomes, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

  • Center for Jewish History receives $1.5 million for new division

    The Center for Jewish History will use a $1.5 million grant from The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust to establish a reference services division.