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  • Ronald Lauder helped make Benjamin Netanyahu prime minister. Now he’s publicly opposing him.

    (JTA) — It’s gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times. Benjamin Netanyahu would know — that’s what’s happening to him right now. On Monday, Netanyahu was the target of a scathing column by Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics heir who heads…

  • Man charged with fraud for fixing synagogue’s bingo game

    (JTA) — The caller at a suburban New York synagogue’s bingo game has been charged with fraud for fixing the games. Neil Simon Gross, 71, turned himself into police last week after being charged with gaming fraud, according to Lohud.com, a local news site. Gross, who calls out the numbers at the Yorktown Jewish Center in…

  • Journalist Peter Beinart detained and questioned at Israeli airport

    (JTA) — Peter Beinart said he was detained at Ben Gurion Airport for an hour and questioned by an Israeli security official about his political activism. Beinart, a prominent liberal Zionist journalist and commentator, was interrogated Sunday at the Tel Aviv airport, according to an op-ed he wrote in the Forward. He was visiting the…

  • Hydrox, the original kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage

    (JTA) — You know what Oreos are. They’re two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiched around a creme filling. Oreos also come in Double Stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is debate on how they should be eaten, but everyone knows they’re best when dunked in milk. What you might not know is that…

  • Left-wing activists claim that Israel is trying to intimidate them at the country’s border

    (JTA) — For years, Simone Zimmerman has protested Israel’s actions from the left. She’s led activist groups, organized protests and gone on camera. But she never worried that her activism would get her barred from entering the country — until this week. Zimmerman, who is Jewish and lives in Israel on a work visa, was…

  • The latest clashes between Israel and Hamas may have started because of a mistake

    (JTA) — Israel and Hamas may be headed toward yet another war in Gaza. By accident. The last two days have seen clashes ratchet up between the two sides, who have fought three wars in the past decade. The last Gaza war, in 2014, was particularly devastating: Some 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis died in the…

  • Anti-Semitic crimes increase dramatically in Germany

    (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany during the first half of 2018 increased 10 percent over the same period last year. There were 401 anti-Semitic crimes in Germany from January through June, according to government data reported Wednesday by Politico. The vast majority, 87 percent, came from the far right, the government…

  • Nearly all Reform rabbis perform intermarriages — but not with non-Jewish clergy, study finds

    (JTA) — The vast majority of Reform rabbis will perform interfaith marriages, but most will not co-officiate weddings with non-Jewish clergy, a new study found. According to the survey, 84 percent of Reform rabbis perform intermarriages, while 16 percent do not. Among Reconstructionist rabbis, 88 percent officiate at intermarriages and 12 percent do not. Eight…

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered at arts conference hosted by Jewish museum

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progressive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish community. Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a conference here hosted by the Immigrant Arts Coalition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, participating in a panel…

  • Randi Weingarten wants the teachers’ union to love Israel. That’s why she is criticizing it publicly.

    (JTA) — The statement, issued the day Israel passed a controversial bill defining itself as a Jewish nation-state, could have come from any number of liberal American Jewish groups. “We condemn this despicable law, as well as the anti-gay surrogacy law the Knesset recently enacted, and the detainment of Rabbi Dov Haiyun for conducting a…