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  • Greta Gerwig regrets signing an Israel boycott letter

    (JTA) — Indie film darling Greta Gerwig may have changed her mind on the issue of Israel boycotts. In July, she signed a letter along with 60 other artists urging Lincoln Center to cancel performances of “To The End Of The Land,” a play based on a novel of the same name by famed Israeli…

  • When Tom Petty hung out with an Orthodox rock band in Israel

    (JTA) — Tom Petty, whose hits such as “American Girl,” “Free Falling” and “I Won’t Back Down” made him one of the biggest rock stars of all time, passed away Monday at 66. In the course of his decades of touring the world, Petty was bound to end up playing in Israel — and he…

  • Video of Holocaust survivor who forgave Mengele goes viral

    (JTA) — A video of a Holocaust survivor explaining why she forgave the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele for experimenting on her has gone viral over the past few weeks. Eva Mozes Kor, 83, and her twin sister Miriam were sent to Auschwitz from Romania in 1944. Mengele, known as the “Angel of Death” for…

  • Why one NBA team’s president is its MVP

    (JTA) — When Peter Feigin took over as president of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014, he pledged that the long-beleaguered NBA team would become one of the most exciting sports franchises in the world. By doing that, he added, the Bucks would improve the lagging economy of the city and raise the residents’ spirits. To…

  • Top-ranked Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela leaves match early for Yom Kippur

    (JTA) — The World Series is weeks away, but an Israeli tennis pro has conjured memories of Sandy Koufax. Dudi Sela, his nation’s top-ranked male player, quit his quarterfinals match Friday in the third set of a Chinese tournament so he could begin observing Yom Kippur by the time the sun set. Sela, ranked 77th…

  • Bernie Sanders chokes up when he learns about relative who died defying the Nazis

    (JTA) — In the upcoming season premiere of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” Bernie Sanders does more than look at a printout of his family tree: He gets emotional when he discovers a relative died while standing up to the Nazis during World War II. In a clip released to JTA, the Jewish lawmaker…

  • Kathie Lee Gifford wrote a book about Israel

    (JTA) — What does Kathie Lee Gifford do when she isn’t on air next to Hoda Kotb? Apparently, she visits Israel quite often. In fact, the “Today” co-host is publishing a book co-written with a messianic rabbi on her visits to the Holy Land. Gifford, who has said that she’d like to become a rabbi,…

  • Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison over sexting scandal

    (JTA) — Former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, 53, who had pleaded guilty in May to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, wept as the sentence was handed down Monday in a Manhattan federal court. He must also register as a sex…

  • Why Obama’s former speechwriter calls him the most Jewish president ever

    (JTA) — He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign…

  • How Jews around the world break the Yom Kippur fast

    NEW YORK (JTA) — After weary and ravenous American Jews file out of Yom Kippur services, many return home to a similar meal each year to break the fast: typically bagels, lox and assorted accoutrements. For some, it’s an anticipated and tasty tradition. But for others, it can be an anticlimactic end to a day of…