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Watch: Meet The Orthodox American Ninja Warrior Training To Be A Rabbi

06/22/2016 - 10:05
JTA

Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas.

But unlike the dozens of athletes who competed with him at the Philadelphia qualifiers, which will air June 27 on NBC, Neuman prepared by saying the Shema. He also wore tzitzit and a kippah throughout the competition.

Akiva Neuman, an Orthodox Jew who is studying to be a rabbi, competing in qualifying round of “American Ninja Warrior." JTA

A Fla. Rabbi Protested Trump—And Lost Job

06/21/2016 - 17:38

A South Florida rabbi must leave his pulpit after his protest of Donald Trump’s speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference riled congregants.

Rabbi David Paskin, kneeling third from left, and other rabbis protesting Donald Trump’s speech at March’s AIPAC.

Dean Kremer Makes History As First Israeli To Sign An MLB Contract

His signing with the Dodgers, a team with a Jewish past, is a big step for Israeli baseball.

06/21/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

A century and a half after Brooklyn’s slugging infielder-outfielder Lipman Pike made baseball history by becoming the sport’s first Jewish professional player, signing with the predecessor of the Brooklyn Dodgers, another Jewish athlete made athletic history last week. Dean Kremer, a California-born pitcher with Israeli parents, signed a $147,000 contract with the Dodgers.

Dean Kremer has been a standout pitcher the past three years for Israel’s national team. JTA

Anton Yelchin, Russian-Jewish ‘Star Trek’ Actor, Dies At 27

06/20/2016 - 16:46

Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, who starred in the new “Star Trek” movies reboot, was killed by his own car rolling down the driveway.

Anton Yelchin arriving to a screening of Dreamworks Pictures’ “Fright Night” in Hollywood, California, August 17, 2011. JTA

Chelsea Clinton And Jewish Husband Welcome Son

06/20/2016 - 12:09

Chelsea Clinton gave birth to her second child with Jewish husband Marc Mezvinsky.

Clinton Chelsea Clinton (R) sits with her husband Marc Mezvinsky. Getty Images

Sanders Tells His Followers That Working With Clinton To Defeat Trump Is Now The Priority

06/17/2016 - 10:28
JTA

Washington — Bernie Sanders told his followers that the priority now was defeating Donald Trump and the bigotry he said the GOP nominee represented. He pledged to work with Hillary Clinton to make sure that happens, although he did not yet withdraw from the race for the Democratic presidential nod.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders shaking hands before the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. JTA

People Who Attend Religious Services Live Longer, New Study Suggests

06/17/2016 - 10:20
JTA

All those people urging you to go to synagogue more may have a point.

The main hall of the Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg, Russia. Wikimedia Commons

Weld Raps FBI On Orlando Case

Mateen’s name should have stayed on terror database, Libertarian VP candidate says.

06/16/2016 - 13:30
Staff Writer

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, criticized the FBI for the way it handled an earlier investigation of Omar Mateen, the man who Sunday shot and killed 49 people in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

William Weld. Wikimedia Commons

Israel’s Envoy To UN Elected Chairman Of Standing Committee In Historic Vote

06/16/2016 - 11:15

Jerusalem — Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations was elected chairman of the U.N. Legal Committee — the first time an Israeli has been chosen to head a permanent committee of the world body.

Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaking to the media before the Security Council’s quarterly debate.JTA
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