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  • Jeffrey Tambor fired from ‘Transparent’ following investigation into sexual harassment claims

    (JTA) — Amazon Studios has fired actor Jeffrey Tambor from “Transparent” following an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed two women. On Thursday, Amazon confirmed that it was firing Tambor, who played a Jewish transgender matriarch in the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects…

  • Mom of Jewish girl killed in Florida shooting begs Trump: ‘Please do something’

    (JTA) — The mother of a 14-year-old Jewish girl killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has a heartbreaking but powerful message for President Donald Trump. Alyssa Alhadeff was among the 17 people shot to death by a lone gunman who entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon. At least four other…

  • White supremacist group: Florida school shooter is associated with us

    (JTA) — A white supremacist group told the Anti-Defamation that the gunman who killed at least 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida, was associated with it. Jordan Jereb, a representative for Republic of Florida, told the ADL that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz had been “brought up” by a member of the organization. Jereb also…

  • Florida school shooting’s Jewish victims remembered for their kindness

    This is a developing story. (JTA) — They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one may have died so that others could live. Jewish students and staff were among the 17 people who were…

  • BBYO gets $3.9M grant to strengthen Jewish youth programs

    (JTA) — The pluralistic youth movement BBYO will expand its Jewish learning programs with the help of a $3.9 million grant. On Wednesday, BBYO announced that it had received the grant from the Maimonides Fund, which supports initiatives related to education and Jewish identity in North America and Israel. The grant will be used to…

  • Jewish women of color highlighted in new campaign

    (JTA) — A new online campaign highlights the stories of Jewish women who identify as Sephardi, Mizrahi and women of color. The #ShareHerStory campaign, which launched on Tuesday, is tied to Purim — the holiday during which Jews celebrate the story of Esther, the Jewish queen who saved Jews from their deaths at the hands…

  • This Israeli-Ethiopian woman brings the food of her cultures to Harlem

    NEW YORK (JTA) — At Tsion Café in Harlem, visitors can order a vegetable injera, an Ethopian sourdough flatbread topped with vegetable, lentil and chickpea stews. There is traditional shakshuka, a dish common in Israel and the Middle East where eggs are cooked in a hearty tomato sauce. And then there’s the scrambled eggs with…

  • ADL: Rep. Danny Davis insists he was misquoted in article praising Louis Farrakhan

    (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League said an Illinois congressman told the group that he was misquoted in an article claimed that he had praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. An ADL official told JTA on Friday that the group had reached out to Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat, after an article in The Daily…

  • Trump signs bill to extend disaster aid to houses of worship

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump signed into law a bill to extend disaster assistance by Federal Emergency Management Agency to houses of worship. On Friday morning, Trump signed a two-year budget measure that included the provisions extending assistance. The government had shut down overnight, as lawmakers were unable to agree on the larger budget bill….

  • Organic, gluten-free and locally sourced food — now available at Jewish summer camp

    (JTA) — The letter Cy Golanski wrote to his grandmother last summer was short, to the point and a little different from the typical note home from sleepaway camp. “The food here is so good. Please ask my mom when the cookbook is coming out,” the 11-year-old wrote, adding a request that his grandmother make the…