• Baton Rouge Flood of August 2016

    FIRST PERSON: Baton Rouge – A call to action

    By BRIAN SEYMOUR

    (Editor’s Note: This past Wednesday,  August 24, The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Emergency Committee chair, Brian Seymour and JFNA senior vice president for Public Policy William Daroff met with volunteers in Baton Rouge. They presented $112,000 towards disaster relief in the area, the first installment from the Federation’s Baton Rouge flood relief fund.

    The two men met, and were briefed by local Jewish community leaders. They also visited the flooded home of Ellen Sager, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, and other destroyed or damaged homes in partnership with the Jewish...
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  • NOLA mobilizes to extend hands of charity to Baton Rouge

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    By ALAN SMASON

    The Jewish community of New Orleans has extended its heart to families in Baton Rouge and other areas hit hard by the flooding associated with torrential rains last Friday. While the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Fund of Louisiana (JEF), the Jewish Children’s...
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    For ‘Jewish Valentine’s Day,’ meet 5 couples who found love on Israel trips

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    By GABE FRIEDMAN

    (JTA) — In the two-part finale of the third season of “Broad City,” the show’s main characters, Abbi and Ilana, embark on a “Birthmark” trip — a thinly veiled allusion to the famed Birthright Israel trip that sends Jews aged 18 to 26 on free 10-day trips...
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Current News

Son of terror victim calls on world scouts to drop Palestinian association

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The son of an American man killed in a Jerusalem terror attack has called on the world scouting organization to drop the membership of the Palestinian branch, which has glorified his father’s killer.

The Palestinian Scout Association,...
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Soldier faces manslaughter probe in shooting of unarmed Palestinian

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian man who witnesses say charged a West Bank guard post and ignored warnings to stop is being investigated for negligent manslaughter.

The soldier, a member of the haredi...
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Israeli medalist’s Olympic name patch raises over $50,000 for charity

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, brought in $52,100 for charity in an auction for her Olympic name patch.

Twenty-two individuals placed 87 bids for the signed and dedicated patch during the...
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Breaking News

Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and other classic comedies, dies at 83

(JTA) — Gene Wilder, a comedic actor known for playing wild-eyed eccentrics such as the titular characters in “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died at 83.

Wilder, who was Jewish, died Sunday from complications of...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: It’s indisputable: The GOP is the pro-Israel party

(Editor’s note: The following is the first of two contrasting opinion columns on U.S. political parties)

By JEFF BALLABON and BRUCE ABRAMSON

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For years, the leaders of America’s most established Jewish organizations – AIPAC chief among them...
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