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  • A pluralistic project for millennials takes a page from the Chabad playbook

    NEW YORK (JTA) — At a small stove in the kitchen, a man exploring conversion to Judaism is frying tofu with red onions. Chatting with him is a woman who works for a Conservative rabbinical seminary. Across the room is a recent college graduate who, raised in a secular home, decided to keep kosher on…

  • When Jews came from ‘shithole’ countries

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Jews were “undesirable.” They were “of low physical and mental standards.” They were “filthy.” They were “often dangerous in their habits.” They were “un-American.” So read a report submitted to the House Committee on Immigration in 1924, written by the director of the United States Consular Service and approved by the…

  • This art studio in Berkeley is combining painting and prayer

    BERKELEY, California (JTA) — In the middle of a traditional Friday night service in this artists’ district in the crunchy mecca of Berkeley, California, a group of 40 worshippers paused their prayers to gather around a group of “found objects:” an empty picture frame, fake flowers, a doorknob. Each attendee then sought out an object…

  • New York Jewish day school launches investigation of alleged sex abuse in the 1970s

    (JTA) — A liberal Orthodox Jewish day school in New York City has launched an investigation after a former assistant principal was accused of sexually abusing a student in the 1970s. Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy in the Bronx, known as SAR, informed its community of the investigation in an email Tuesday night. A former student…

  • Delta employees detail a pattern of anti-Semitic abuse at airline

      NEW YORK (JTA) — It wasn’t long after Nahum Amir began working for Delta Airlines as a mechanic that he says his manager started calling him “the Jewish guy.” Then Amir says the manager accused him and other Jews of “killing kids in Gaza.” During the same period, Yaron Gilinsky was working as a…

  • Oprah Winfrey probably would be a pro-Israel president

    (JTA) — Because this is the world we live in, buzz is now building around Oprah Winfrey running for president in 2020. Winfrey sparked the speculation with a speech at the Golden Globes in which she praised women who have come forward with stories of sexual abuse, declared that the “time is up” for abusive…

  • Why Jews care that Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’ is actually Christian

    NEW YORK (JTA) — We have met Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer, and he is Christian. But that doesn’t (necessarily) mean he isn’t Jewish. Martin Wishnatsky, a lawyer first hired by the former Alabama Senate candidate in 2012, was the so-called Jewish lawyer referenced by Moore’s wife  at a December campaign rally, according to Al.com. Wishnatsky,…

  • This black Jewish man says he was almost shot while buying conditioner

    (JTA) — Imagine walking into a convenience store with your headphones on, picking out a conditioner bottle — then turning around to see two police officers pointing their guns at you. That’s what happened to Ben Faulding, a black Jewish New Yorker who goes by @TheHipsterRebbe on Twitter and Instagram. In a tweet thread Wednesday,…

  • Ivanka Trump wants to be president, book claims

    (JTA) — Are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump conflicted moderates straining to contain a bombastic president? Or are they ambitious opportunists with grand visions of their future? According to a new, explosive book about the first months of the Trump presidency, the answer is both. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” written by…

  • Should Israeli soldiers shoot to kill Palestinian terrorists? Michael Oren says yes.

    (JTA) — If a Palestinian appears to be committing a terror attack, do they deserve to die on the spot? The answer is yes, says Michael Oren. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, now a deputy minister in Israel’s Cabinet, tweeted last week that the Israel Defense Forces should change its rules of…