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  • Israel releases 58 jailed African migrants who refused to be deported to Rwanda

    (JTA) — The Israeli government has released 58 African asylum seekers being held in a detention center after a plan to deport over 200 more of them to Rwanda fell through. Israel announced the release Wednesday and will now look to negotiate a deal with Uganda, even though the African country does not want to…

  • What that much-hated Washington Post essay gets wrong about Jewish men

    (JTA) — Carey Purcell seems to be done dating Jewish men, as she explained in a Washington Post essay that earned her a deluge of attention — and none of it the good kind. In an opinion piece titled “I am tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion,” Purcell — who describes herself as a…

  • Netanyahu backtracks, suspending African migrants deal he praised hours earlier

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is freezing an agreement made with the United Nations that would have relocated thousands of African asylum seekers to Western countries. His decision leaves in limbo the fate of up to 40,000 African asylum seekers in Israel; an Israeli government plan to deport them this month was put…

  • Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist saved by an old bar mitzvah gift

    (JTA) — Bruce Springsteen’s longtime guitarist Nils Lofgren found himself in a pickle on Friday night: Just hours before a sold-out solo show in Dallas, he discovered that his four vintage guitars had been stolen. Lofgren, who has also toured with Neil Young and Ringo Starr, tweeted that he was “devastated” by the robbery, but…

  • 5 Haggadahs and other Passover supplements to modernize your seder this year

    (JTA) — Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements. If you’re looking to give your seder a distinct 2018 flavor, consider these options — they…

  • Hungarian prime minister Orban attacks ‘enemy’ who ‘speculates with money’ in election rally speech

    (JTA) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban used language that some critics have said has anti-Semitic undertones at a rally three weeks before he seeks re-election for a third term. Speaking Thursday in Budapest, Orban harshly criticized proponents of immigration. He also called out George Soros, the Hungary-born Jewish financier and philanthropist, and those who…

  • Stephen Hawking once boycotted Israel, but an Israeli academic inspired one of his biggest discoveries

    (JTA) — Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist who died Wednesday at 76, had a publicly strained relationship with Israel. Although Hawking visited the country several times, giving lectures at Israeli and Palestinian universities, he pointedly boycotted an academic conference in Jerusalem in 2013 on what a spokesman at the time said was the “unanimous advice” of his…

  • Spotify is finally coming to Israel

    (JTA) — Spotify, the streaming service that offers access to millions of songs, is now available in Israel. The platform’s ad-free service will cost less per month in the Jewish state than it does in the U.S. — 19.90 shekels, or about $5.80, as opposed to $10 here. The company expanded to a few other…

  • Albert Einstein’s violin sells for over $500,000

    (JTA) — The quirky Jewish physicist would have been proud. A violin once owned by Albert Einstein sold for $516,500 at the New York-based Bonhams auction house on Friday. The instrument, which eportedly was gifted to the scientist in 1933 by Oscar Steger, a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, went for over three times…

  • Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein expected to step down by end of the year

    (JTA) — Lloyd Blankfein, one of Wall Street’s most powerful players during his 12-year tenure as CEO of Goldman Sachs, reportedly is preparing to leave his post by the end of the year. Blankfein could be replaced at the investment bank by one of its co-presidents, Harvey Schwartz and David Solomon, The Wall Street Journal…