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  • Jeff Brotman, Costco founder, is dead at 74

    (JTA) — Jeff Brotman, who co-founded the members-only retail giant Costco and was the chairman of its board of directors, died at his home outside Seattle. Costco Wholesale Corp. said Brotman died early Tuesday at 74. The cause of death was not immediately known. Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Brotman formed Costco in 1982 with partner James Sinegal….

  • An Israeli R2D2?

    It’s as simple as ABC. Robotic technology has made a significant impact in fields from health care to agriculture and service industries, improving speed, quality and cost. Thanks to a major initiative in robotics research coming out of Israel, the technology is only getting better. Robots will soon be endowed with “intelligent” behavior, inspired by…

  • Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to US Holocaust museum

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals. The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An…

  • New Jersey men sentenced for firebombing synagogues, rabbi’s home

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Two New Jersey men convicted in the firebombing of North Jersey synagogues in 2011 and 2012 were each sentenced to 35 years in prison. Anthony Graziano and Aakash Dalal were charged on a 30-count indictment in 2013 with arson and bias-related incidents that occurred from December 2011 to January 2012 in…

  • Disney lieutenant and chief ‘Imagineer’ Marty Sklar dies at 83

    (JTA) — Marty Sklar, who served 54 years as an “Imagineer” for the Walt Disney Co. and led the creative team behind the company’s theme parks, attractions and resorts, has died. The company announced his death in Los Angeles Thursday night. He was 83. Sklar served as principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, turning…

  • Turkish reporter says he made up Jared Kushner quote praising Erdogan

    (JTA) — A Turkish reporter admitted that he fabricated a quote by Jared Kushner in which President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser reportedly said Turkish President Recep Erdogan “is making Turkey great again like [the] U.S. We watch his efforts with appreciation.” Yavuz Atalay, a reporter for the newspaper AKSAM, told The Daily Caller Thursday that…

  • Vandals topple headstones at historic Boston-area Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — Vandals toppled six headstones at one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Police responded Thursday morning to reports of what appeared to be three teenage boys seen kicking over tombstones at the Netherlands Cemetery in Melrose, Mayor Robert Dolan reported on his blog. “I am deeply saddened and outraged by this vandalism…

  • Muslim rioters, Israeli police clash after government lifts security measures

    (JTA) — Muslim rioters threw rocks at police officers near Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate, breaking the relative calm of a day that followed 10 days of unrest over security at the Temple Mount. Police fired stun grenades into the hostile crowds, Ynet reported Friday, as Israel deployed a huge security force to keep the peace and…

  • Chicago federation aims grants at reducing violent crime epidemic

    (JTA) — Chicago’s Jewish federation is giving $425,000 in grants to help reduce a cycle of violence gripping the city. Awarded through the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the grants will support the work of Sinai Health System ($175,000), the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago ($150,000) and the United Way Neighborhood Network Initiative ($100,000), the Jewish…

  • Prominent Connecticut rabbi charged with sexual assault of a former student

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A prominent Connecticut rabbi was charged in the alleged sexual assault of a minor two months after he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of $20 million relating to the same allegations. Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77,  the founding rabbi of the Yeshiva of New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday…