Obama Gets Enough Votes To Sustain Iran Deal

Sen. Barbara Mikulski said she will support the deal, making it impossible to override a veto of a vote to kill it.


Washington — Sen. Barbara Mikulski said she will support the Iran nuclear deal, effectively ensuring that the agreement will survive attempts in Congress to overturn it.

Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) speaking at a press conference in Baltimore on March 2, 2015. JTA

Shabbat On Mars


Dr. Sheyna Gifford — a Jewish medical doctor, science journalist, astrophysics researcher and space enthusiast — is preparing to live on Mars.

Dr. Sheyna Gifford will spend a year in geodesic dome preparing for Mars mission. JTA

Presbyterian BDS Vote Rigged?

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The vote of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) last year to divest from three companies whose equipment Israel uses in the West Bank was rigged to favor pro-divestment speakers in violation of the rules.

Union for Reform Judaism head Rabbi Rick Jacobs addresses Presbyterian Church (USA) convention last year. URJ

What America Will Offer Israel After The Nuclear Deal

An array of security enhancements may be just the start.


Washington — The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, shaking hands with his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon. Carolyn Kaster/Pool/AP Images

Obama To U.S. Jews: ‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ To Iran


In an address to American Jews on Friday, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United State’s options in case of violations.

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Meet The Jewish Woman Getting Ready To Live On Mars


San Francisco — Dr. Sheyna Gifford — a Jewish medical doctor, science journalist, astrophysics researcher and space enthusiast — is preparing to live on Mars.

The HI-SEAS habitat in Hawaii, which will be home to Gifford and five other crew members for the next year. JTA

Why Some Public School Parents Are Switching To Jewish Schools

Data suggests that hundreds of students are making the change, whether 'pulled' to day schools or 'pushed' from public.


When Ali Martell’s eldest daughter reached school age, Martell and her husband both assumed she’d go to a Jewish day school, as they had.

An “outside classroom” at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. JTA

Chris Christie, Appearing With Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Slams Iran Deal


Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a news conference alongside Jewish leaders including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach urged Congress to block the Iran nuclear deal.

New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie speaking at Chabad House at Rutgers University. JTA

Orthodox Jews Are Mostly Republicans, And More

The research center's 2013 study yields more insights, especially about the Orthodox.


Ever since the Pew Research Center released its landmark 2013 survey of U.S. Jewry, the study has become central to debates about everything from intermarriage to Jewish education. Now comes a new treasure trove of data from Pew about Orthodox Jews, extrapolated from the data amassed for the 2013 study (from 3,475 interviews with Jews conducted that year).

Members of the Jewish Orthodox community walk down a street in a Brooklyn neighborhood on June 14, 2012, in New York City. JTA
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