• The Forward’s woes deal the Jewish world a blow to the kishkes


    NEW YORK (JTA) — My dad, who grew up in a time and place where his Judaism only marked him as an outsider, never really got my professional fascination with all things Jewish. That all changed when nearly 20 years ago I got a job with the Forward, the English-language offspring of the venerable Yiddish daily.

    He recalled how the Forverts would arrive at his family’s home in New York state’s rural Orange County, one of his parents’ few links to the bustling Jewish community downstate and a window into a wider world.

    “My father learned to...
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  • Jewish ensemble member of ‘Les Miz’ enjoying national tour

    By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

    Only a few weeks ago, Gabriel Sidney Brown made the decision to leave the national road company of “Les Miserables” and enjoy some well-earned time for himself. The hard-working member of the ensemble had already logged some 15 months in the cast....
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    A day after Pompeo talks up US role in the Middle East, troops start to leave Syria


    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech Thursday in Cairo, and much of it was about dissing his boss Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, for what Pompeo said was diminishing U.S. influence in the region.

    Pompeo’s message was clear: “America,” he said Thursday, “is...
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Current News

Jewish-American businessman among 21 killed in Nairobi terrorist attack


(JTA) — Jason Spindler, a Jewish American whose life was changed when he survived the 9/11 attack in New York, was killed in a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya.

The shooting attack Tuesday on a business complex,...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements


(JTA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said his state would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements.

Airbnb announced in November 2018 that...
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ArtScroll prayer books have dominated in Orthodox synagogues for decades. Is that ending?


NEW YORK (JTA) — For decades, one name dominated the bookshelves and pews of American Orthodox synagogues: ArtScroll.

The Brooklyn-based publisher of Jewish books put out the most widely used Orthodox prayer book, or siddur, as well...
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Breaking News

NEW YORK (JTA) — With the Women’s March only days away, local chapters and major progressive groups are continuing to distance themselves from the national leadership, which is scrambling to hold on to its big tent.

Though the national organization was...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: The media’s anti-Semitism problem


— Adolf Hitler was a genocidal dictator who unleashed the most destructive war in the history of humankind and perpetrated the Holocaust. He was also a lover of animals and art who, initially anyways, brought...
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