• FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 24: A TV reporter pose with a Great Britain flag at the Frankfurt Stock exchange the day after a majority of the British population voted for leaving the European Union on June 24, 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Many prominent corporate CEOs and leading economists have warned that a Brexit would have strongly negative consequences for the British economy and repercussions across Europe as well. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

    The Brexit: 6 things you need to know

    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

    Great Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to a new reality Friday as a slim majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union. Markets trembled, British currency crashed and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his pending resignation. It was a major blow to an alliance formed specifically to avoid a repeat of the nationalist rivalries that led to the First and Second World Wars.

    Although Britain’s Jews appeared as split as the rest of the country over the “Brexit,” at least one prominent Jewish voice — Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle newspaper, welcomed the vote...
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  • Fans of ‘Hamilton’ will have to wait a while longer

    Hamilton0044rR Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

    By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”), Special to the CCJN

    As expected, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical, swept the Tony Awards presentations on Sunday night with a total of 11 awards. While it did not tie or beat current record holder – Mel Brooks’ The Producers earned 12...
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    ‘Wicked’ wizard is worthily wonderful – and Jewish

    Stuart Zagnit_Wizard2

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Stuart Zagnit is bathed in the brightest light on stage at the Saenger Theater with the Emerald City boldly beaming behind him. As the beloved Wizard of Oz , he is the essence of charm, oiling his way across the stage in a...
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Current News

United Auto Workers rejects NYU graduate student union vote backing Israel boycott

(JTA) — The United Auto Workers union struck down a vote by the graduate student union at New York University to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Last week’s decision came two months after the resolution to...
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Israel, Turkey sign reconciliation deal

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The foreign ministries of Israel and Turkey simultaneously signed a reconciliation agreement on Tuesday, six years after relations were cut off.

The director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, signed the agreement in Jerusalem. The identical agreement...
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Jewish Agency rips Israeli rabbinate’s rejection of prominent US rabbi’s conversion

PARIS (JTA) — The Jewish Agency for Israel’s governing body and chairman slammed the recent rejection by an Israeli rabbinical council of conversions performed by Haskel Lookstein, a prominent Orthodox rabbi in the United States.

The condemnation came in a...
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Breaking News

13-Year-Old Jewish girl stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorist while asleep in home

By JONATHAN BENEDEK

A 13-year-old Israeli girl was murdered Thursday morning by a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed her in her bed in the community of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.

The terrorist breached the community’s security fence just before 9:00 a.m....
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: The ‘religionization’ of Israel is troubling, but the fears about it are hysterical

By SHUKI FRIEDMAN

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Religionization! Religionization! To read the newspaper headlines in Israel, to view its documentary films and attend its expert panels with academics, a stranger might think that upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, he or...
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