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  • Stan Lee, creator of iconic Marvel comics superheroes, is dead at 95

    (JTA) — Stan Lee, who as one of the masterminds behind Marvel Comics created such mega-popular comic book franchises as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, the son of a Romanian-Jewish immigrant father and what…

  • Roger Waters’ anti-Israel message ignites ‘wish you weren’t here’ campaign by Latin American Jews

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Jewish institutions in Argentina have launched a campaign against former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters over his support for the boycott Israel movement. Waters’ “Us +Them” tour has been traveling throughout Latin America for the past month and will continue into December. The Argentina Zionist Organization’s online campaign urges residents…

  • Sabbath observant soccer fans traveled from Argentina to Spain to watch a final match in real time

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A group of Sabbath-observant Jewish soccer fans from Argentina traveled to Spain for the weekend so that they could see the final match of an important soccer tournament in real time, but the game was rained out. The fans planned to watch the final match of the Copa Libertadores de America,…

  • Jewish Democrats and Republicans offer dueling views of election results

    (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition praised the Republicans for expanding their majority in the Senate, while the Jewish Democratic Council of America congratulated their party on regaining control of the House of Representatives. The RJC’s executive director, Matt Brooks, regarded the Republican victories in Tuesday’s midterm elections as a sign of “the strong approval of…

  • ‘A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite,’ Pope Francis tells Jewish delegation at Vatican

    (JTA) — Pope Francis lamented anti-Semitic attacks and spread a message to ban anti-Semitism during an audience with Jewish emissaries. On Monday, the pope for the first time at the Vatican received delegates from the World Congress of Mountain Jews, descendants of Jews who left ancient Persia and settled in the Caucasus. Two weeks after…

  • South American soccer finalists ask to reschedule Saturday games ‘to respect Jewish community’

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Presidents of the two soccer clubs that are finalists for the Libertadores Cup have asked that the final match be rescheduled “to respect our Jewish fans.” South American’s annual soccer tournament, Copa Libertadores de America, the Liberators of the Americas Cup, which is equivalent to the European Champions League, is the…

  • NYC warns about measles outbreak among Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn

    (JTA) — New York City’s Health Department is warning of an outbreak of measles in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community and calling on parents to have their children vaccinated. The department said Friday that there are 11 new cases of measles in the Orthodox enclave, bringing to 17 the number of children who have been recently…

  • Exhibit recalls soccer greats who suffered under the Nazis

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The German soccer federation is giving an award for tolerance for an Argentine exhibition of harrowing stories about soccer from the Holocaust era. The 11-panel exhibit — one for each soccer player on the field – tells the stories of teams and sportsmen who suffered under the Nazis. The German…

  • Vigils held around the Jewish world for Pittsburgh shooting victims

    BOSTON (JTA) — Jewish and interfaith vigils were held around North America in memory of the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. In Boston, one of the speakers Sunday at an emotional vigil on the Boston Common was Ariel Stein, a Boston University student who is a member of the Tree of Life Congregation,…

  • Pope Francis on Pittsburgh synagogue attack: ‘All of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence’

    (JTA) — Pope Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh in St. Peter’s Square, in the wake of an attack on a synagogue there that left 11 worshippers dead. The head of the Catholic Church said Sunday morning that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.” On Sunday, after reciting the prayer The Angelus,…