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  • Jewish brothers who survived the Florida school shooting learn what they mean to each other

    (JTA) — Sam and Matthew Zeif are both students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Matthew’s a freshman, Sam’s a senior. The Jewish brothers were in different rooms when Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, raided its grounds on Wednesday, firing a semi-automatic weapon. They texted one…

  • Aly Raisman to BBYO: Be kind, speak out, stand up for survivors

    (JTA) — Aly Raisman, the Olympic gold medalist gymnast, told a BBYO conference she drew strength from her Jewish upbringing. Raisman, addressing the pluralistic youth movement’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida on Friday, said she wanted to “talk about how proud I am to be a Jewish athlete,” which drew cheers. “Being Jewish is all…

  • Ten Jewish groups call on census to drop citizenship question

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ten Jewish organizations urged the Trump administration not to reinstate a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, saying it will raise fears among immigrants. The next census will be the first since 1960 that asks respondents whether they are citizens. The Trump administration has said the question will facilitate administration of…

  • Netanyahu to meet with Trump in March

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Donald Trump next month when he is in Washington to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. “The President has a tremendous relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu and looks forward to meeting with him,” a White House official said Friday. AIPAC earlier…

  • This Jewish lawyer defends America’s most infamous Nazi

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jay Marshall Wolman, like a thousand other lawyers on Twitter, is wry, maybe a little coarse and, well, Jewish, peppering his tweets with Hebrew blessings and other Jewish references. He gets deadly serious, though, if you ask him why he is an attorney representing Andrew Anglin, America’s most notorious Nazi. Wolman was…

  • State Department official: US and Israel are best friends forever

    (JTA) — A State Department official just compared the U.S.-Israel alliance to her relationship with a BFF from junior high. Really. But first, a little background. Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, is on a Middle East tour this week. His stops include Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Egypt. One of his main topics is…

  • Florida synagogue holds healing service after mass school shooting; Jews among 17 dead

    (JTA) — The Jewish community in Parkland, Florida, held a healing service after a mass shooting at a high school attended by many of the teenagers in the community. Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Kol Tikvah, a Reform congregation in the town inland from Boca Raton, said he knew of at least four Jewish high school…

  • VA chief David Shulkin reimburses government after report said he and staff misled on expenses

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, said he has repaid the government for the cost of his wife’s airfare for a European trip last summer and for tickets to Wimbledon. A report by the Veterans Affairs inspector general said a top aide to Shulkin doctored an email to make it appear…

  • 5 times Israeli politicians said ‘there’s nothing to it’ and ended up in jail

    (JTA) — Police are recommending charges of bribery and breach of trust against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s saying the case police have made is “full of holes, like Swiss cheese.” Police allege Netanyahu received expensive gifts from supporters in return for advancing their interests, including expensive cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood…

  • Keith Ellison says he attended Iranian president’s dinner to advocate for captive American

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Keith Ellison, the second in charge at the Democratic Party, pushed back against criticism for his attendance at a 2013 dinner hosted by the Iranian government whose guests included Louis Farrakhan, saying he was advocating for the Iran nuclear deal and the freedom of a captive American. “As part of the…