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Orthodox Rabbinical Student Makes Impressive Run On ‘American Ninja Warrior’

06/28/2016 - 13:41
JTA

On Monday night’s episode of “American Ninja Warrior,” Orthodox rabbinical student Akiva Neuman competed with his yarmulke, tzizit and a T-shirt that showed a muscular rabbi lifting a Torah over his head.

Akiva Neuman competing in “American Ninja Warrior.” JTA

Jewish Groups Applaud Pro-Choice Supreme Court Ruling

Texas law restricting abortion access struck down 5-3 in sweeping decision.

06/27/2016 - 17:48
Editorial Intern

Several prominent Jewish organizations hailed the Supreme Court decision Monday striking down a restrictive Texas abortion law as a testimony to the importance of upholding women’s rights.

Pro-choice activists celebrate on the steps of the United States Supreme Court on June 27, 2016. Getty Images

Marco Rubio Decides To Run For Reelection, Citing Intention To Kill Iran Deal

06/23/2016 - 12:16
JTA

Washington — Sen. Marco Rubio cited his intention to kill the Iran nuclear deal in his decision to run for reelection to the Senate.

Marco Rubio speaking at a news conference at Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, Fla., March 11, 2016. JTA

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
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