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  • Tech mogul Marc Benioff blows shofar, buys Time magazine

    (JTA) — Tech executive Marc Benioff began a week in which he and his wife Lynne announced plans to buy Time magazine by blowing the shofar at his San Francisco synagogue. Benioff sounded the ram’s horn during Rosh Hashanah services at Congregation Emanu-El, a 168-year-old Reform temple. The New York Times reported that Benioff, backed…

  • A professor was accused of anti-Semitism for refusing to recommend studying in Israel. He has no regrets.

    (JTA) — A professor at the University of Michigan is under fire for saying he can’t write a letter of recommendation for study in Israel because he supports a boycott of the country. John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, declined to recommend junior Abigail Ingber for a semester abroad in Israel because he supports…

  • Ari Fuld, American expat slain in West Bank, remembered as a combative activist and caring friend

    (JTA) — When Ari Fuld first approached him, Josh Weixelbaum was a 20-year-old soldier visiting friends in the West Bank settlement of Efrat. Fuld had heard Weixelbaum speaking English, so he introduced himself and asked Weixelbaum about his time in the army. Fuld soon learned that Weixelbaum, an American immigrant from New Jersey, was serving…

  • Book claiming Israel intentionally maims Palestinians wins academic prize

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A book that claims Israel intentionally debilitates Palestinians in order to maintain control over them has won a prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. “The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability,” by Rutgers University professor Jasbir Puar, was a co-winner of the association’s 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize, which is awarded for…

  • Israel’s US ambassador did not pass on warning of sexual misconduct by Netanyahu aide

    (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to the United States was warned about sexual misconduct allegations against David Keyes, the prime minister’s spokesman, but chose not to pass on the information to the Prime Minister’s Office. Keyes took a leave of absence Thursday from his position as a spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu after a number of women…

  • ‘Who by water’: For Carolina Jews coping with Hurricane Florence, High Holiday themes resonate

    (JTA) — When Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov took her North Carolina congregation on a Rosh Hashanah boat ride on the Cape Fear River, she hadn’t intended for the body of water’s name to be taken literally. The Wilmington Reform synagogue was performing the ritual of tashlich, in which Jews throw pieces of bread into the water to…

  • Netanyahu spokesman to take leave following accusations of sexual misconduct

    (JTA) — David Keyes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, has said he will take time off from his position after 12 women accused him of sexual misconduct, according to a report by The Times of Israel. “In light of the false and misleading accusations against me and in order not to distract from the…

  • Jewish-American left-winger heading to Jerusalem yeshiva detained at Israeli border

    (JTA) — Another Jewish-American left-wing activist was detained at the Israeli border and threatened with deportation before being allowed to enter the country. Julie Weinberg-Connors, 23, arrived in the country on Wednesday to begin a year of study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, a nondenominational yeshiva in Jerusalem. Weinberg-Connors was detained at Ben…

  • Education Department reopens probe of anti-Semitism allegations at Rutgers

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An investigation into an allegedly anti-Semitic incident at Rutgers University is being reopened by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Kenneth Marcus, the department’s new assistant secretary for civil rights, wrote in a letter last week that a pro-Palestinian event at the New Jersey state school in January…

  • Rahm Emanuel will leave a city — and Jewish community — divided about his legacy as mayor

    (JTA) — As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to exit City Hall after eight years in office, his Jewish supporters tout his commitment to helping people and his record of economic development in the city. His Jewish detractors, meanwhile, call out his closing of dozens of Chicago public schools and scandal in the city’s police…