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  • Genesis Prize funds groups looking to close Israel’s stubborn gender gap

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Hundreds of women, representing dozens of organizations, sat in the auditorium in this city’s Yitzhak Rabin Center listening to speaker after speaker stand and deliver paeans to feminism. In response, the women clapped raucously. Their enthusiasm was understandable. Representing some 37 organizations dedicated to the advancement of women, they were celebrating…

  • Sarah Tuttle-Singer pulls in readers — and trolls — with her warts-and-all portrayal of Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — “People don’t know me,” Sarah Tuttle-Singer jokes while sitting curled up on a couch and sipping a cappuccino in the lobby of this city’s famed King David Hotel. The controversial author and blogger laughs before continuing, a smile playing across her face. “Let them get to know me, then I’ll give them…

  • British authorities ignored the rise of anti-Semitism in WWII, newly-released documents show

    (JTA)- Anti-Semitic sentiments skyrocketed in Britain during World War II, but the country’s leaders took little action to counter it, according to documents released by the UK’s National Archives. According to The Times of London, which obtained the files, British officials blamed the Jews for the problem, which manifested itself in the spread of conspiracy…

  • Labour politician paid off Jewish assistant who complained about anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — A senior member of Britain’s Labour Party used taxpayer funds to silence a longtime aide after she complained about anti-Semitism in the party. According to The Telegraph, in 2016 MP Khalid Mahmood suspended his assistant and erstwhile lover Elaina Cohen after she posted two tweets accusing his fellow MP Naz Shah of being…

  • Security guard pepper-sprayed Druze soldier’s family at Ben Gurion airport

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Airports Authority said that it will fire a security guard who pepper-sprayed a Druze family, including an IDF serviceman, at the entrance to Ben Gurion Airport. Roni Aboud, from the village of Daliyat al Carmel, told Haaretz that a guard stopped his family  and asked the driver for his ID. When his nephew showed his army…

  • Israel’s Krembo treat to lose its iconic foil wrapping

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s popular Krembo snack treat will soon loose the iconic shiny foil wrapping that has given it its brand identity since the late 1960s. According to Israeli news site Ynet, manufacturer Unilever Israel planned the move as a way to save on the 13 tons of aluminum it currently uses to cover…

  • Rare letter detailing Freud’s Jewish background to be auctioned off

    (JTA) — A Los Angeles auction house will offer a handwritten letter by Sigmund Freud detailing his family history and education. In it, the father of psychoanalysis describes how his parents came from Galicia in present-day Ukraine to the Moravian town of Freiberg, now the Czech Republic, where Freud was born. According to Nate D. Sanders Auctions,…

  • Jake Tapper’s daughter has a book coming out — and she’s only 11

    (JTA) —  Jake Tapper is not only a CNN anchor but an author, with a recent political thriller, “The Hellfire Club,” on the shelves. Now it looks like his daughter Alice Paul Tapper, 11, is set to get in on the action as well, releasing her first book, titled “Raise Your Hand.” The book, which…

  • US fighter pilot who made history for Israel’s fledgling Air Force to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery

    (JTA) — Gideon Lichtman, an American fighter pilot who as a volunteer during Israel’s War of Independence scored its nascent air force’s first aerial kill of an enemy fighter, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Lichtman, who died in March at 94 and was buried in Hollywood, Florida, will be interred Friday at the…

  • Carl Reiner, 96, ‘impressed’ with himself for being oldest-ever Emmy nominee

    (JTA) — Jewish comedy legend Carl Reiner said he was “impressed with myself” after being nominated for an Emmy Award — the oldest-ever nominee. The 96-year-old creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” earned the nod for his role as host of the HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” In an…