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UJA-Fed. Taps New Leaders

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito take over as president and board chair.

07/12/2016 - 18:04
Staff Writer

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito were elected to three-year terms as president and chairman of the board, respectively, of UJA-Federation of New York at the recent meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

Jeffrey Schoenfeld, left, and Robert Kapito succeed Alisa Doctoroff and Linda Mirels at the charity.

David Duke Considering 7th Run for National Office

The former KKK grand wizard has never yet been elected, despite repeated attempts dating back to the 1980s.

07/12/2016 - 17:44
Editorial Intern

David Duke in Belgium, 2008. Photo by Emmanuel d'Aubignosc, Wikimedia Commons.

Clothing Line Aims To Make Supporting Israel ‘Cooler’

07/12/2016 - 15:54
Editorial Intern

Think Urban Outfitters, but Jewish.

That’s how the founders of Mashu Designs, a new hipster Zionist clothing line, see the brand. Since its launch at the end of 2014, Mashu has been targeting young American customers who are prone to leave Israel with a pile of “I love Israel” T-shirts — in the absence of a better option.

Mashu Designs touts its T-shirts and tote bags as products they actually would ‘want to be seen wearing in public.’ MASHU DESIGN

Pinkwashing, The Play

New one-act explores the politics of being gay and Jewish.

07/12/2016 - 15:30
Deputy Managing Editor

Playwright Dan Fingerman likes to write about intersections, and perhaps no subject exemplifies the intersection between a person’s Jewish and gay identities as provocatively as that of pinkwashing. It’s a hot-button topic he tackles head-on in his one-act play, “Boys of a Certain Age,” which premieres Saturday for a three-night run in the East Village as part of the 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival (thewildproject.com/performances/2016-Fresh-Fruit-Festival.shtml, 212-228-1195).

Playwright Dan Fingerman got the idea of writing an intergenerational play while at CBST. COURTESY OF ELR PRODUCTIONS

Bulletproof Stockings’ Co-founder Goes Solo

07/12/2016 - 15:21

It isn’t exactly like Paul and John and George and Ringo going their separate ways, but when Perl Wolfe takes the stage this week on the JCC Manhattan roof, her fellow Bulletproof Stockings co-founder, Dalia Shusterman, won’t be behind the drum set.

Perl Wolfe finds her stride on a new musical path. Nicholas Tinsley

Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Lit Seminar

One of his Boston University students reflects on what the Nobel laureate taught, and on a world without him.

07/12/2016 - 15:19
Special To The Jewish Week

Someone has got to do the worrying, so I suppose I will take up my share without delay.

Elie Wiesel has rejoined his parents and sisters in the world of truth. What does that leave our world?

Elie Wiesel leading a seminar at Boston University in the late-’70s. BU.edu

Pro-Palestinian NYU Students Won’t Recant Claim That Israeli Army Influences US Police Brutality

07/12/2016 - 12:41

A pro-Palestinian student group at New York University that blamed Israel for recent police shootings of black men is now scaling back, somewhat, on the accusations it made on Facebook.

In the original Facebook post from July 7, Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU held Israel accountable for the black people “lynched” by police forces in the United States because “many U.S. police departments train with the Israel Defense Forces.”

NYU campus. Wikimedia commons

The Dallas Shooter Wanted To Stay In This Anti-Semitic Black Militant Group

07/12/2016 - 12:33
JTA

Investigators may never know with certainty what combination of factors led Micah Xavier Johnson to methodically fire upon police officers in Dallas. Five white officers were killed in the attack, which came during a peaceful rally protesting the shooting deaths of young black men by law enforcement in other cities.

Micah Johnson was reportedly for a short time a member of the New Black Panther Party. JTA

Jewish DNC Staffer, 27, Killed Near His Home

07/12/2016 - 12:22

Washington — A young Jewish staffer for the Democratic National Committee was shot dead in an apparent robbery near his home in Washington, D.C.

Seth Rich, the voter expansion data director for the DNC, was also involved in Jewish outreach. JTA

Looking For Pokemon? Try Going Somewhere Jewish

From the Kotel to your local kosher deli, Jewy sites play important role in new, wildly popular Pokemon game for phone.

07/12/2016 - 11:47
Editorial Intern

All over the world, gamers are flocking to Jewish landmarks — not in an effort to learn about Jewish history or pay homage to Jewish ancestors, but to catch Pokemon.

Wild Pokemon can appear anywhere, at anytime. They may even appear while you're reading The Jewish Week
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