The Few, The Proud: Jews Stand With Standing Rock

11/17/2016 - 01:07
Deputy Managing Editor

On the Thursday before Election Day, Rabbi Francine Roston took a break from phone banking for Hillary Clinton to drive, solo, from her home in northern Montana to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota — an 800 mile trip that took her 18 hours to complete.

Demonstrators protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline outside the White House in Washington, DC, in Sep, 2016. Getty Images

First Ever Jewish Comic Con Hits Brooklyn

Historic synagogue in Crown Heights celebrates the unique history of Jews in comics.

11/16/2016 - 13:24
Editorial Intern

It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no actually, it’s a rabbi.

At Jewish Comic Con, attendees explored the confluence of Jewish identity and comic-book lore. Bruce Feingold

Bernie Sanders Tapped For Role In Senate Democratic Leadership

11/16/2016 - 13:08

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, has joined the Senate Democratic leadership.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, has joined the Senate Democratic leadership. JTA

Stephen Bannon In 2014: Racism Will Get ‘Washed Out’ Of Nationalist Right

11/16/2016 - 11:57

(JTA) — Stephen Bannon said in 2014 that racism would eventually get “washed out” of right-wing nationalist movements and spoke repeatedly of Western society being built on “Judeo-Christian” ideas.

Stephen Bannon talking about immigration issues with a caller while hosting Brietbart News Daily on SiriusXM Patriot. JTA

Yeshiva U Makes It Official: Ari Berman Will Be Next President

11/16/2016 - 11:55

NEW YORK (JTA) — Yeshiva University’s board of trustees has officially selected Rabbi Ari Berman as the school’s next president.

Berman, whose appointment was announced Wednesday, will assume the position in July, according to a news release.

Ari Berman (Screenshot from YouTube)

Shaq Slam Dunks The Horah At Jewish Wedding In Florida

11/16/2016 - 11:50

Let’s face it: at 7’1’’ and 350 pounds, Shaq is built to dunk.

But dancing? Well, you may be surprised: This past weekend, at a Jewish wedding in Miami, the former NBA star danced the hora.

Shaquille O’Neal talking on set before the New York Knicks game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Oct. 25, 2016. JTA

Muslim-Jewish Council Forms Amid Spike In Hate Crime

Launch of first such national group buttressed by post-election bias incidents against the two groups.

11/16/2016 - 10:47
Staff Writer

Less than a week after the election of Donald Trump, whose incendiary comments during the presidential campaign are seen by Jews and members of other minority groups as being responsible for a recent series of suspected bias attacks in this country, a new initiative of Jews and Muslims formed this week to advocate for their faiths’ shared concerns.

A Donald Trump supporter holds up an anti-Muslim poster at a rally in Cleveland. GETTY IMAGES

Gaming Maimonides At HUC

11/16/2016 - 09:16
Editorial Intern

As gaming culture continues to proliferate and innovations are constantly being made in the field, Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, an assistant professor of interactive games and media at the Rochester Institute of Technology, found a unique purpose for his latest project: teaching Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah through gaming.

Game time: Rochester Institute of Technology’s Rabbi Owen Gottlieb at HUC conference. Courtesy of HUC

Lawyers Line Up To Help Newest Refugees

11/16/2016 - 08:54
Deputy Managing Editor

Like many Ashkenazi Jews, Lisa Mednick Owen might never have been born were it not for HIAS.

About 50 attorneys came to HIAS' first-ever training on providing pro bono legal aid to refugees last week. Amy Sara Clark/JW

Anxious Jewish Vote On Far Side Of The Gap

Fears and faith confront shrinking Pa. towns in election’s wake.

11/16/2016 - 08:33
Associate Editor

‘The country I come from is called the Midwest,” sang Dylan, and different American regions sometimes do feel like different countries, perhaps never more so than after an election. Despite Hillary Clinton’s winning the popular vote over Donald Trump, her votes were so clustered in the Northeast and West that one could drive from the Delaware Water Gap on the New Jersey border all the way to the Pacific Coast states without having to pass through even a single state that Clinton won, such was Trump’s sweep in the heartland.

Wilkes-Barre’s downtown: Trump country. Uriel Heilman/JTA
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