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  • Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg each pledge $500,000 to gun control march by Florida students

    (JTA) — Director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg have pledged $500,000 each to the student-organized March For Our Lives imploring action on gun control. The nationwide protest scheduled for March 24 is the brainchild of the Never Again movement organized by the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland,…

  • Former Netanyahu confidant agrees to turn state’s evidence in corruption investigation

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former civil servant and confidant of Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state’s evidence that could incriminate the prime minister in a corruption investigation. Shlomo Filber, the suspended director general of the Ministry of Communications, agreed in exchange for a lighter sentence to provide police with information about Netanyahu’s part in the…

  • New bribery scandal centers on fraud case against Sara Netanyahu

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu is accused of offering to make a judge attorney general if she agreed to close a case against the Israeli prime minister’s wife. The suspected bribe was first reported Tuesday morning by reporter Ben Caspit of the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv. Caspit reported that Nir Hefetz,…

  • Canadian rabbi challenges Israel’s Chief Rabbinate over ‘blacklist’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A prominent Canadian rabbi told the director-general of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate that his inclusion on a so-called blacklist of rabbis from the Diaspora has “eroded” his community’s trust in him. Rabbi Adam Scheier of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal traveled to Israel for one day to take part in a Knesset committee meeting on…

  • New Jersey rabbi arrested for meeting teen prostitute

    (JTA) — A New Jersey rabbi registered as a sex offender was among three people arrested in connection with the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, has been charged with engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a…

  • University of Kansas opens kosher kitchen in student dining hall

    (JTA) — The University of Kansas has opened a kosher kitchen on campus. The kitchen opened earlier this month in a university dining hall, the Lawrence Journal-World reported, in a partnership between the K.U. Dining Services and the campus Chabad. Kosher dinners will be served each Tuesday for now. Students can use their meal plan…

  • Canadian JCC gets anti-Semitic hate mail

    (JTA) — A Jewish community center in Windsor, Ontario, received anti-Semitic hate mail that was similar to that sent to several Canadian synagogues two months ago. The flier, which calls to “Expel the Jews to the lake of fire!!!” and declares this is “Expulsion History Month,” was delivered to the center by regular mail on…

  • Alex Lubotzky once served in the Knesset. Now he’s an Israel Prize winner for math and computer science.

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Alex Lubotzky, a father of six who once served in the Knesset, has won the Israel Prize for research in mathematics and computer science. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor is a leading researcher in group theory. “Lubotzky is one of the most important researchers in the world in group theory, combining…

  • Sarah Silverman wades into Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and tiptoes back out

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Comedian Sarah Silverman started a heated conversation on Twitter about the Palestinian teen being held in an Israeli jail for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers. “Jews have to stand up EVEN when — ESPECIALLY when — the wrongdoing is BY Jews/the Israeli government,” Silverman tweeted on Friday, providing a link to an…

  • New Israeli law allows graves of disappeared Yemenite children to be exhumed

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new Israeli law allows the families of Yemenite children who disappeared between 1948 and 1970 to obtain a court-ordered exhumation of their graves for genetic testing. Since the 1950s, more than 1,000 Israeli families have alleged that  their children were systematically kidnapped from Israeli hospitals and given to Ashkenazi families for…