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  • Aunt of Jewish Florida school shooting victim pleads for an end to ‘the sickness that has gripped our country’

    (JTA) — Abbie Youkilis, the aunt of slain teenager Jaime Guttenberg, doesn’t want prayers. She wants action. Jaime, 14, was one of the 17 students and faculty killed in the high school shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. In an emotional Facebook post published Thursday, her aunt called guns a national disease and demanded change. “Fred…

  • Only 6 percent of Washington DC’s booming Jewish community identify as Republican

    (JTA) — Jews in and around the nation’s capital do plenty of Jewish things. Many of them just don’t do those things as members of Jewish institutions. That’s one of the main takeaways from a wide-ranging survey of Washington, D.C.-area Jews published this week by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Much of the metro…

  • The Jewish sheriff leading the response to the Florida school shooting quotes the Talmud

    (JTA) — As he leads the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is likely enduring some of the toughest days of his career. And he’s probably looking to his Judaism to guide him through it. Israel is the county’s first Jewish sheriff, and it’s an identity he…

  • Florida school shooting’s Jewish victims remembered for their kindness

    This is a developing story. (JTA) — They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one may have died so that others could live. Jewish students and staff were among the 17 people who were…

  • Virgin Atlantic Airlines called a couscous dish Palestinian, and people got very upset

    (JTA) — Not even couscous is safe from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For decades, Israelis and Palestinians have fought over land. They’ve fought over history. They’ve fought over holy sites and religious doctrine and water sources. Now, apparently, they’re fighting over the delicious grain dish that I always buy when I go to the supermarket, because…

  • Bay Area Jews shown as diverse, flexible — and more distant from institutions and Israel

    (JTA) — Andrew Kleinerman says he and his wife Amy share a “West Coast brand of Judaism.” The Kleinermans live in San Francisco, attend services about once a month and have traveled to Israel. Andrew is Jewish, Amy is not. Amy, who is Chinese-American, is thinking about converting to Judaism. One of the congregations where…

  • Israel, Iran and Syria just traded blows. Does this mean war?

    (JTA) — Israel and Iran have been clashing for years. But on Saturday, their war of words briefly became an actual fight. In short succession, Iran sent a drone into Israel, Israel shot it down and took out the drone launcher in Syria, Iranian-allied Syria downed an Israeli plane, and Israel bombed Syrian bases. Are…

  • This Jewish 99-year-old is the oldest former member of Congress

    MUTTONTOWN, N.Y. (JTA) – Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his colleagues share: He was targeted for death five times. Once, Wolff says, a Burmese militia of 5,000 spread out across that country to shoot down his…

  • The Palestinian Authority is wiretapping people with the CIA’s help, leaked document charges

    (JTA) — A leaked document alleges that the Palestinian Authority has been wiretapping its residents with the backing of the CIA. The document was shared on the messaging service WhatsApp by an anonymous employee of the Palestinian wiretapping agency last month, according to The Associated Press. It says the agency was set up jointly by three…

  • The youngest Schindler’s list survivor is still telling her story

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Eva Lavi’s earliest memories are of the Holocaust. She remembers how her mother made her hide outside in below-zero weather, clutching a standing pipe, as Nazis searched her home in Poland. She remembers her father telling her to swallow a spoonful of cyanide — better than death at the hands of…