Jews in the News

Naftali Bennett: Time to annex parts of West Bank

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) – Naftali Bennett, the leader of Israel’s Jewish Home party, has had a few headaches recently.

Earlier this week, one of his party’s Knesset members, Yinon Magal, resigned amid allegations that he sexually assaulted several women who worked for him. Last week, Israeli Prime...
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Bernie Sanders, he’s not — he’s Barney Frank

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — When Barney Frank first ran for a seat in the Massachusetts legislature, he more closely resembled a rumpled guy who slept in his suits than a polished pol. His campaign poster featured a photo of Frank looking typically disheveled. The slogan: “Neatness isn’t everything.”

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Ivanka Trump is pregnant with her third child

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — If you can’t get enough Trump, good news: Another one is on the way!

Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism in 2009, announced across her social media platforms that she is expecting her third child with husband Jared Kushner, a real estate mogul who owns...
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Campbell Brown’s new education website has made her a lightning rod

By LUCY COHEN BLATTER

(JTA) — “The public school system in this country is broken,” says Campbell Brown, education-reform advocate and former NBC and CNN news anchor.

It’s this sentiment that led Campbell to create The Seventy Four, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational news site launching Monday. The name refers to...
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Rabbi quits N.J. pulpit, finds God and community in Montana

By URIEL HEILMAN

WHITEFISH, Mont. (JTA) – Until last year, Rabbi Francine Green Roston was among the Conservative movement’s rising stars.

The first woman in the movement to head a congregation with more than 500 members, Roston, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, New Jersey, also...
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5 delightfully Jewish things from Dr. Ruth’s New York Mag interview

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) —Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the 87-year-old sex therapist and TV host, has been in the news this week for a controversial statement on sexual consent. However, she’s also been on the interview circuit to promote her new memoir, “The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre,”...
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Citing the Talmud, Dr. Ruth questions sexual consent requirements. Is her reading correct?

By JULIE WIENER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the octogenarian therapist and TV host, is famous for her frank and open talk about sex. But she’s being called out for her recent comments about sexual consent — and using the Talmud to back up her controversial point of...
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Meet the L.A. attorney whose successful restitution effort inspired ‘Woman in Gold’

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — When attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg saw himself portrayed on the big screen by hunky Ryan Reynolds in the movie “Woman in Gold,” he immediately spotted a difference.

“Obviously, I’m not the sexiest man alive,” Schoenberg acknowledged in an interview at his West...
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Transgender teen comes out in emotional ceremony

By Drew Himmelstein

(j. weekly) — In the middle of the school day on March 13, the community at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., gathered to give a boy his name.

The boy in question was a bit older than is typical in a naming ceremony. Wearing a...
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In France, new chief rabbi embraces change

PARIS (JTA) — The first thing Haim Korsia did after becoming chief rabbi of France was give his new office a thorough cleaning.

Next he redecorated to give the space a more modern look, placing his 30-inch model of a nuclear submarine — a gift from his previous...
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