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LOS ANGELES – Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87.
(JTA) — On Friday, reports surfaced that Twitter had appeared to suspend an account belonging to the vehemently anti-Israel Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called @khamenei_site.
(JTA) — For many centuries, the city of Khujand in Tajikistan, a mountainous Muslim-majority country, had been a center of Jewish presence in Central Asia.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A trove of Nazi-themed objects found at an art fair in Paraguay moved a Jewish watchdog group to call on the country to enact anti-discrimination legislation.
(JTA) — The mayor of Antwerp, a city in Belgium with a large haredi Orthodox Jewish community, has singled out their neighborhoods for intensive COVID-19 testing.
(Jewish Exponent via JTA) —Robert Pollack was a scientist, author, Navy veteran and former chair of the department of biochemistry at Temple University’s School of Dentistry (now Kornberg School of Dentistry) who grew up speaking Yiddish at home with his immigrant Jewish parents in West Phil…
(Jewish Exponent via JTA) — Dr. Ronald Rosenthal was a dentist who practiced for more than 50 years, becoming so beloved by his patients that they often invited him and his wife to their weddings, bar mitzvahs and other simchas.
(Jewish Exponent via JTA) — Saul Victor owned Pearlstein’s Furniture in Philadelphia and loved to sing, later becoming a professional lead singer in his own band, the Saul Victor Trio.
(JTA) — When Donald Trump became president of the United States in 2017, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz felt he could no longer say the standard prayer for the United States government that is recited in most Modern Orthodox congregations.
(Jewish Exponent via JTA) — Dr. Gilbert Liss was an OB-GYN with a practice in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He delivered more than 8,000 babies in his career.
The services are jointly sponsored with local Jewish youth groups such as BBYO, B’nei Akiva and partners in Israel.
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A new Jewish guide acknowledges the challenges while offering new opportunities.
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Haredi communities across Israel have resisted shutting down their institutions in compliance with the country's repeated lockdowns and have suffered high death rates from the virus.
A new report from the self-described human-rights group accused the Israeli government of such policy—the first time that the left-wing organization has used the heavily loaded term.
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The 67-year-old will be the first African-American to lead the Pentagon. Avril Haines, 51, is the first female director and Jewish person to lead the U.S. intelligence community.
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Flights will feature kosher food available for pre-order and kosher wine.
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(JTA) — As an Orthodox rabbi in Omaha, Nebraska, people often want to know what it’s like to live here in the middle of America. The most common questions typically go something like this: “How many Jews are there?” “Do you live on a farm?” And of course, “Do you know Warren Buffet?” (The an…
The online tribute included eulogies and personal stories from family and friends, as well as prayers and small groups of Jewish text study focused on his legacy of giving to the community.
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(JTA) — Organizers of Belgium’s Aalst carnival have defended the mocking of Jews there as a good-natured satire at a counterculture parade that takes swipes at people of all faiths and races.
(JTA) — Promoters of boycotts against Israel in Brazil will teach about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism at an international social justice summit with a history of Jew-hatred.
(JTA) — Even without hearing the words, the pictures that animate the “Appreciation Song for President Trump” sung by a group of Hasidic boys clearly spell out the reasons for their appreciation for Donald Trump.
AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Amid protest by prominent Dutch Holocaust survivors, an author who called Gaza “a ghetto” and said he feels uncomfortable around Jews has stepped down as keynote speaker of the national ceremony commemorating victims of the genocide.
Reports estimate it to have been at least 100 feet tall.
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The school blames an outside firm for the event, which violated the united Kingdom's COVID-19 lockdown.
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In 1994, he said he almost made it to Haifa on the USS aircraft carrier “Saratoga” and now expects to be part of a trip with other congressional members.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden named Stephanie Pollack, the Massachusetts transportation secretary known for her ability as a Democrat to cross party lines, to help helm the Federal Highway Administration.
(JTA) — President Joe Biden has named Jessica Rosenworcel, a champion of net neutrality, to serve as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
(JTA) — When I interviewed Roberta Kaplan on Dec. 15, neither of us might have guessed how frighteningly prescient her words would be.
Israel's vaccination rate is outpacing the world, partly because many Israelis are trying to jump the line.
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The centers are a key highlight of Marion Wiesel’s more than six decades of social and racial justice work.
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A new online exhibit released by Yad Vashem in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day reveals the story of how group homes across Europe provided children with a place to heal and reconnect with the Jewish people.
(JTA) — Rabbi Yehuda “Yudi” Dukes, a Hasidic father of six who became sick with COVID-19 in late March and spent nearly 10 months in the hospital as he struggled with the effects of the disease, died Thursday. He was 39.
Haines, who identifies as Jewish, is the first woman to head the intelligence community.
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She was previously on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she focused on the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — With the help of Argentina’s largest Jewish sports center, tennis star Diego Schwartzman is branching out to a new game: esports.
(JTA) — A prominent Jewish doctor in Boston died this week while attempting a challenging ascent in the mountains of Pakistan.