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Israeli Leaders Send Rosh Hashanah Greetings To Jews Around The World

10/02/2016 - 12:20

Israeli leaders offered Rosh Hashanah greetings to Jews around the world.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a message released Sunday as both a letter and a YouTube video called the Jewish New Year “a time for celebration, a time for reflection.”

The Prime Minister of Israel in a Shana Tova message to the public. Screenshot/Youtube

Pepe The Frog Meme Added To ADL Hate Database

09/29/2016 - 15:35

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has added the internet meme Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that has become a popular symbol for white supremacists, to its online hate database.

Pepe the Frog, an internet meme, has become a symbol of the alt-right. (Twitter)

Obama Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Peres

09/29/2016 - 10:59

President Barack Obama announced he was heading to Jerusalem to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres and ordered flags flown at half-staff, a rare honor for foreign leaders.

A flag at the U.S. Capitol flies at half staff in 2012. Getty Images

Jewish Vote Seen As Key In Pa., Florida Battlegrounds

New study cites Bucks County, Pa., and Palm Beach as fight over jobs intensifies.

09/28/2016 - 12:29
Staff Writer

With the first bruising presidential debate behind them and only five weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are turning their attention to industrial battleground states in an effort to gain ground in a race that has become too close to call.

Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump leave the stage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra Uni. in New York on Sep, 26. Getty

17 Jewish Groups Sign Letter Urging Congress To End Abortion Coverage Restrictions

09/28/2016 - 11:36

Jewish groups made up nearly half the signatories of a letter urging Congress to expand abortion availability.

Orthodox Rabbis’ Group Mandates Prenup To Prevent ‘Chained’ Wives

09/28/2016 - 11:31
JTA

The Rabbinical Council of America will mandate its member rabbis to require couples to sign a prenuptial agreement ensuring that husbands will not withhold a “get,” or Jewish writ of divorce, from their wives.

The agreement, commonly referred to as a “halachic prenup,” generally penalizes the husband financially for refusing to give the get.

Members at a RCA Conference in New York in 2014. JTA

‘A Lion of Israel’

After his passing, Shimon Peres is praised as a resolute pursuer of peace.

09/28/2016 - 10:04
Staff Writer

A wide range of world leaders, Israeli politicians and heads of Jewish organizations this week praised the legacy of Shimon Peres following the death of the former Israeli president on Sept. 27 at 93.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, pictured here in 2010, was praised as a prophet of peace and compromise. Getty Images

The "Jewish" TV Shows To Watch Out For This Fall

Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are among the shows to watch this fall.

09/26/2016 - 15:32
Editorial Intern

As the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and leaves begin to make a more satisfying crunch under our feet, fall television is just warming up. For those of us eager to welcome fall with open sweater-clad arms, pumpkin-spiced anything and an endless stockpile of kreplach soup, here are our top picks of Jewish shows worth cozying up to this season. 

The 'Transparent' cast at the Director Guild of America, in Los Angeles on May 5, 2016. Getty Images

SEC Charges NJ Jewish Philanthropist With Insider Trading

09/26/2016 - 14:39

NEW YORK (JTA) — Leon Cooperman, a billionaire hedge fund manager and Jewish philanthropist from New Jersey, has been charged with insider trading.

Study Shows How Jewish Vote Could Play Crucial Role In Key States

09/23/2016 - 13:50
JTA

BOSTON (JTA) — A new study, touted as the first-ever state-by-state, county-by-county Jewish population estimate, shows how the Jewish vote could play a crucial role in key battleground states.

The study, released Thursday and conducted by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University in suburban Boston, found that in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — one of the areas closely watched this election cycle — Jewish adults make up more than 6 percent of the population.

An interactive map by the American Jewish Population Project breaks down the Jewish population by state and even county. JTA
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