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Israeli Soldier Shot While Guarding Jewish Worshippers At Joseph’s Tomb

09/01/2016 - 11:20

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was shot while protecting worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Last Surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor Donates $1M To US Holocaust Museum

09/01/2016 - 11:12

(JTA) — The last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg war crimes trials has donated $1 million to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington D.C.

Former Nuremberg trials prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz standing in the courtroom, 2012. Adam Jones/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Tel Aviv City Hall Turns Into Giant Tetris Game

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The interactive game is part of a promotion drive for an upcoming tech conference

08/31/2016 - 16:38
Editorial Intern

Tel Aviv has dedicated a lot of time, money and effort recently to establish its reputation as Israel’s cool, young, hipster location. The latest gem of a publicity stunt by its marketing team comes straight from the childhood toy-box of every young adult. The side of the city hall facing Kikar Rabin, which is often lit up to show solidarity in the aftermath of global tragedies or for events such as Tel Aviv Pride, has been turned into a giant, fully interactive game of tetris.

Tel Aviv City Hall has been turned into an interactive game of tetris. Courtesy of Guy Yehiely.

Mel Brooks Opens Up About 'Dear Friend' Gene Wilder

The celebrated filmmaker, who collaborated with Wilder on several projects, eulogizes him on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

08/31/2016 - 15:24
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Mel Brooks, the Jewish entertainment polymath with a career spanning over six decades, paid homage to his friend and collaborator in an interview on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday evening. In the interview, an emotional Brooks admitted that he knew Wilder was ill, and that he was “expecting him to go” but said “when it happens it’s still [...] a big shock.” He said he was “still reeling, there’s no more Gene, I can’t call him.”

Mel Brooks and Jimmy Fallon reminisce about Gene Wilders. Screenshot.

Appeals Court Overturns Terror Ruling Against PA

Lower court didn’t have jurisdiction on $655 million terror award, Second Circuit rules.

08/31/2016 - 13:17
Staff Writer

In a decision that could have major ramifications, the historic $655.5 million jury award last year against the Palestinian Authority was overturned today by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, which held that the lower court did not have jurisdiction over the PA.

Home of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Flickr Creative Commons

2 Stolen Torahs Valued At $30,000 Returned To NJ Synagogue

08/31/2016 - 12:27

(JTA) — Two Torahs valued at $30,000 that had been stolen with some $50,000 of silver religious pieces were returned to a New Jersey synagogue.

Two Torahs & other religious paraphernalia valued at $80,000 were stolen from Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J. JTA

Why Do Florida’s Orthodox Jews Support Trump? Because They Fear Clinton

08/31/2016 - 12:24
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’re voting for Trump because we can’t have Hillary in the White House. She’s not good for us!”

Donald Trump at a rally at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 3, 2016. (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Fends Off Primary Challenger

08/31/2016 - 12:13

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., fended off a primary challenger and is likely to return to Congress, salvaging her political career after her ouster as leader of the Democratic Party.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz sitting for an interview before the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. JTA

Go To Police First, Rabbis Tell Abuse Victims

300 Orthodox leaders sign statement against covering up or protecting offenders.

08/31/2016 - 00:13
Editor and Publisher

A proclamation signed by 300 Orthodox rabbis acknowledging that sexual abuse of children causes “immeasurable harm” in the Orthodox community, and that past efforts to combat the problem have been lacking, is being hailed by anti-abuse activists as a major step forward in reducing the stigma for victims to come forward and report sexual crimes to the authorities.

Rabbi Mark Dratch, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America.

Fighting Food Insecurity On The College Quad

08/31/2016 - 00:06

Challah for Hunger, the national nonprofit operated on college campuses dedicated to baking and selling challah for social justice causes, just launched the Campus Hunger Project, a research and advocacy campaign to raise awareness of food insecurity among college students. For the initiative, Challah for Hunger partnered with Mazon, an advocacy group dedicated to combating hunger.

The way we roll: Challah for Hunger volunteers at work. Courtesy of challah for hunger
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