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Jewish Republican Honcho Ari Fleischer Retracts Trump Endorsement

11/08/2016 - 08:54

Ari Fleischer, a White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, said he will leave his presidential ballot blank, walking back his endorsement of Donald Trump earlier this year.

Ari Fleischer said he will leave his presidential ballot blank, walking back his earlier endorsement of Trump. JTA

In An Election Of Surprises, Two GOP Hopefuls Aim High

Upper East Side Assembly candidate Rebecca Harary and Congressional hopeful Phil Rosenthal keeping fingers crossed on Election Day.

11/08/2016 - 02:56
Deputy Managing Editor

If there ever were a year for long-shot candidates, 2016 is it.

In any other election cycle, trying to unseat a Democratic incumbent in New York City would likely be a fool’s errand. But if Bernie Sanders — a Jewish, unapologetic democratic socialist — and Donald Trump, who began his campaign with a minus 32 percent approval rating, could do so much better than expected, maybe the chances of GOP hopefuls Rebecca Harary and Philip Rosenthal aren’t as unlikely as they seem.

Republican hopeful Rebecca Harary hopes to unseat Upper East Side Assemblyman Dan Quart. Courtesy of Team Harary

Chorus Of Jewish Groups Declares Support For Standing Rock Protest

11/06/2016 - 11:22

Several Jewish groups have voiced their support for the Native American-led protest of an oil pipeline that would run near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota, with some rabbis traveling to the protest in solidarity.

Protestors rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Flickr Creative Commons/Fibonacci Blue

Jewish Feminists Celebrate Clinton's Success, Bemoan Trump's Rise

11/06/2016 - 10:40

NEW YORK (JTA) — In 1972, Susannah Heschel submitted an application to the Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical school as a protest of its refusal to ordain women at the time.

Clockwise from top; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Riv-Ellen Prell and Susannah Heschel. JTA

Mel Brooks, Amy Schumer Record Ads To Help Relatives Get Elected To Senate

11/04/2016 - 08:34

If you live on Long Island and your phone rings, answer it — it might be Mel Brooks.

Mel Brooks with his great-nephew, Todd Kaminsky, who is running for State Senate in New York. Screenshot/Twitter @toddkaminsky

White Supremacist, David Duke Rants About Jewish Control Of Media

Duke is a U.S. Senate hopeful in Louisiana.

11/04/2016 - 08:23

White supremacist David Duke, a U.S. Senate hopeful in Louisiana, suggested that Jews control the American media and international banks.

David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, during a debate with Joe Hicks at Cal State University, Sept. 25, 1996. JTA

In New Show, Comedian Nick Kroll Is Serious About Being Funny

In 'Oh, Hello on Broadway,' Kroll plays Gil Faizon an old, Jewish man.

11/03/2016 - 16:46

NEW YORK (JTA) — Nick Kroll is serious, which is a tad unusual for a man who has largely made his living by being funny.

John Mulaney as George St. Geegland and Nick Kroll as Gil Faizon in “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” JTA

These Ivanka Trump Fans Are Getting Surgery To Look Like Her

11/03/2016 - 14:52

(JTA) - Some women are calling out Ivanka Trump for standing by her father, even after he was caught on tape boasting about groping women. But others remain smitten by her — so infatuated, in fact, that they are going under the knife to look like her.

Jenny Stuart with Dr. Franklin Rose, who performed surgeries on her to look like Ivanka Trump. JTA

Americans In Israel Vote Trump Over Clinton

11/03/2016 - 11:57

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More Americans in Israel voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, but the number of Republican votes plummeted from four years ago, according to a poll released Thursday.

Trump, the Republican candidate, received 49 percent of the vote, and Clinton, the Democrat, had 44 percent, the survey found. Keevoon Global Research conducted the survey on behalf of iVote Israel, a nonprofit organization that helps Americans vote from Israel.

A youth wearing a Donald Trump shirt campaigning at an Israeli branch of the Republican Party in Modiin. JTA
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