WATCH: Jewish Pol Takes On NRA By Putting Together M-16 While Blindfolded

Jason Kander challenges Republican incumbent Roy Blunt to do the same in new campaign ad.

09/15/2016 - 10:55
Editorial Intern

A new ad by Democratic Senatorial candidate Jason Kander is making waves on the internet. Kander, a second lieutenant in the US Army Reserves who served in Afghanistan, is running for the U.S. Senate for the state of Missouri. In the ad, he can be seen putting together an M-16 assault rifle while blindfolded. The spot is designed to highlight the military background of Kander, a Kansas-born Jew, against attacks on 2nd Amendment issues by his GOP rival, incumbent Senator Roy Blunt.

Watch the ad here:

Jason Kander, the Democratic candidate in the upcoming Missouri Senate contest. via

The Alt-Right Meets The Media

And, not surprisingly, the Jewish question comes up.

09/13/2016 - 17:06

Washington — This was the unveiling of the alt-right, this was its moment, its confident stride onto the national stage, and there was unity — until there was internal dissent, until there was pronounced disagreement, until there was almost — almost — a voice raised against one’s white European kith and kin.

Jared Taylor, the editor of American Renaissance, addressing a news conference on the alt-right last week in Washington, D.C.

Ivanka Trump Commits Major Social Media Blunder

A recent Instagram post attributed a famous Hillel quote to actress, Emma Watson. Woops.

09/13/2016 - 15:15
Editorial Intern

It seems Ivanka Trump has her father’s knack for stirring up a social media frenzy – and her stepmother’s knack for misattribution.

A screenshot of the Instagram post. JTA

Israeli Security Chief In DC Reportedly To Sign $38B Defense Assistance Pact

09/13/2016 - 14:46

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s acting head of national security is in Washington, D.C., reportedly to sign a deal extending U.S. defense assistance to Israel for 10 years.

President Obama, right, shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Nov. 9, 2015. JTA

US House Of Representatives Unanimously Approves Resolution Honoring Elie Wiesel

09/13/2016 - 14:25

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution honoring the life and work of Elie Wiesel.

Israel Urges Passage of Resolution Honoring Elie Wiesel

Stanley Sheinbaum, Liberal Activist For Nearly 70 Years Who Met With Arafat, Dies

09/13/2016 - 13:50

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Stanley Sheinbaum, who dedicated his life to the promotion and defense of liberal causes in the United States and the world, has died.

Stanley Sheinbaum and the Rev. Jesse Jackson at an awards dinner and birthday celebration for Jackson in Beverly Hills. JTA

For Hebrew School, It Takes A Village

From Queens to Minneapolis to Houston, supplemental programs are increasingly joining forces across denominational lines.

09/13/2016 - 10:21
Staff Writer

Eight years ago, the Hebrew school at Hillcrest Jewish Center was facing tough times.

“We were losing students,” said Robert Zuckerman, vice president of the Conservative congregation in Fresh Meadows.

A holiday puppet show is among the programs offered by the Ohr Chadash Religious School in Queens. Courtesy of OHR CHADASH

Natalie Portman Pregnant With 2nd Child

09/09/2016 - 11:09

(JTA) — Natalie Portman is expecting a second child with husband Benjamin Millepied.

Natalie Portman showing her baby bump at the premiere of her film “Planetarium” at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, JTA

Presidential Candidate Jill Stein ‘To Face Charges’ After Environmental Protest

Green Party nominee accused of spray-painting equipment during demonstration at oil pipeline construction site.

09/07/2016 - 15:40
Editorial Intern

Jill Stein is expected to face charges for this action at a protest in North Dakota.

Buyer Of Israeli Olympian’s Charity Name Patch Is LA Philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz

09/07/2016 - 10:00

(JTA) — Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles businessman, has been identified as the person who bought the Olympic name patch of Israeli bronze medalist judoka Yarden Gerbi.

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan in the women’s bronze medal bout. JTA
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