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  • Brooklyn synagogue pulls its money out of Chase bank to promote climate change. Will others follow suit?

    NEW YORK (JTA) —  Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is removing its savings from JPMorgan Chase, making it the first U.S. synagogue to publicly divest from a bank or other corporation “to explicitly oppose the funding of fossil fuel and other related projects dangerous to the world in which we live,” according…

  • Israel at 70: What women in Israel and the West learned from each other

    NEW YORK (JTA) — American Jewish women have idealized Israeli women as feminist role models since the days of prestate Israel, when women were photographed plowing fields alongside men. Post-independence posters featured images of female soldiers fighting alongside men. A chain-smoking Golda Meir served as Israel’s prime minister nearly 50 years before a major American political…

  • A tour guide uncovers Passover secrets in the Met Museum’s Egyptian wing

    NEW YORK (JTA) — I have roamed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian wing many times, marveling at sarcophagi, statues of Horus and Ra, and portraits of young men on ancient panels who gaze back at visitors, looking shockingly familiar and contemporary. But on a Sunday just before Passover, I viewed the artifacts as I’d…

  • Women’s March renounces Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, but supports a leader who embraced him

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Organizers of the Women’s March renounced the anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan, but they stood behind one of its co-presidents who attended a speech last month by the Nation of Islam leader and seemed unperturbed by his attacks on Jews. Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, sparked an outcry when…

  • Women in Jewish fundraising say harassment is pervasive

    NEW YORK (JTA) — She was young, Jewish and the founder of a nonprofit organization that aids deprived children in Southeast Asia. He was a potential funder more than twice her age, promising donations and introductions to influential people. “He dangled a lot of carrots,” she said in retrospect. But the fundraiser, who spoke on…

  • German recognition brings closure to Algerian Jews who suffered in the Holocaust

    (JTA) — Andre Nathan was one of the very first survivors to apply for a hardship grant following Germany’s decision this week to compensate Jews who suffered persecution in the French colony of Algeria during World War II. Now 77 years old, Nathan arrived Tuesday at the Paris office opened by the Conference on Jewish…

  • Germany recognizes Algerian Jews as Holocaust survivors

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Nearly 80 years after being persecuted by the Nazi-allied Vichy French government, some 25,000 elderly Algerian Jews are being recognized for the first time as Holocaust survivors by the German government. Algerian Jews had their French citizenship stripped in 1940 by the Vichy government, which then ruled the area. Nuremberg-like laws…

  • Nevada welcomed this Israeli marijuana scientist. US immigration threw him out of the country.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — He came from Israel to the U.S. for work, got married, bought a house and expected to start a family right away. Then U.S. immigration authorities forced Shimon Abta out of the country for being a “trafficker of illicit drugs.” Abta, an expert Israeli cannabis agronomist, was sent by his employer…

  • These philanthropists want to find the next big Jewish idea through early investments

    This story is sponsored by the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.  NEW YORK – Are you an open-minded person who cares about Jewish life and has at least $50,000 a year to spare? If so, a group of elite philanthropists may want you to join their quest for the next big Jewish idea. Guided by a philosophy…

  • Where Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton may (or may not) spend Rosh Hashanah

    NEW YORK (JTA) – One has attended previous High Holiday services at an Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The other has accompanied a college friend to Rosh Hashanah services at Stanford University, and her Jewish husband to services at a Reform temple in Midtown. Inquiring minds want to know how the two potential First Daughters,…