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  • When Orthodox fashion designer’s husband suddenly died, online supporters raised $1 million for her family

    (JTA) — A few months back, Simi Polonsky was posting photos of herself on Instagram dressed in colorful modest-chic outfits — the kind of fashionable clothing that nonetheless adheres to Orthodox Jewish dress standards. Polonsky is a co-founder of The Frock NYC, a fashion label created in 2010 that has built substantial buzz as the…

  • Facebook still lets housing ads discriminate against Jews and other minorities

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A year after Facebook vowed to stamp out discriminatory advertising, landlords can still exclude specific races, minorities and other categories of people from seeing rental ads on the social media site. ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads last week and had no issue filtering out Jews, African-Americans, Spanish speakers and…

  • Could turkey poop help stop climate change? An Israeli research team thinks so.

    (JTA) — None of us want to think too hard about the turkeys we are about to eat on Thanksgiving. We especially don’t need to think about the excrement they produce. But what if that excrement could help halt climate change? According to researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, turkey excrement — along with waste produced…

  • 7 Israelis who have made a deep impact on life in America

    (JTA) — When Natalie Portman was named the 2018 winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” it was in part an acknowledgement of her Israeli roots. While the Oscar-winning actress mostly grew up in the United States, Portman — née Herschlag — is also Israeli. Her father, Avner Herschlag, grew…

  • The Forward celebrates 120th anniversary, honors Ben Smith and Andrea Mitchell

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Forward celebrated its 120th anniversary with a gala that honored BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and longtime television journalist Andrea Mitchell. More than 350 people attended the Monday night gala for the Forward, formerly known as the Jewish Daily Forward, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Monday night in New…

  • Miss Israel and Miss Iraq pose together on Instagram

    (JTA) — Israel and Iraq may not have any formal diplomatic relations, but that didn’t stop two of their beauty queens from cozying up at this year’s Miss International Beauty Pageant. During the competition in Tokyo on Tuesday, Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, and Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posed for photos on their respective Instagram accounts….

  • Singer Morrissey: Those who criticize Israel are ‘jealous’

    (JTA) — The British rocker and former Smiths frontman Morrissey has not one but two Jewish-themed songs on his forthcoming album, “Low in High School.” Perhaps the more notable one is simply called “Israel” and offers a blunt rebuke of critics of the Jewish state. “In other climes they bitch and whine/Just because you are…

  • NY town votes to let Orthodox enclave Kiryas Joel secede

    (JTA) — The Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel reportedly will become the first haredi Orthodox town in the United States after voters in Monroe, New York, overwhelmingly backed a referendum on secession. On Tuesday, over 80 percent of Monroe voters backed the measure on Kiryas Joel, a village of over 20,000 Yiddish-speaking Jews associated with…

  • Boy George shows his love of Israel on social media and through his concert wardrobe

    (JTA) — Do you really want to hurt Boy George, pro-Palestinian activists? The 1980s pop legend performed in Israel Tuesday night, and before the concert, he felt the usual pressure that high-profile performers receive these days from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Supporters of BDS pestered him on social media, urging him to cancel…

  • Apple sued by Israeli company over phone camera patents

    (JTA) — An Israeli company filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming the tech giant is using its patented phone camera technology in two iPhone models. Corephotonics, a Tel Aviv-based startup founded in 2012 by Tel Aviv University Professor David Mendlovic, filed its suit on Monday involving the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. According…