Jews in the News

From ‘Star Trek’ to one-man show, William Shatner stays in the limelight

By ROBERT GLUCK

(JNS.org) — On April 24, audiences around the country had the chance to feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.”

For one night only, Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which...
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A cut above: America’s Top Mohels

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Who knew? It turns out that mohels not only have one of the most peculiar professions in the Jewish world, but they’re funny, eccentric and self-promotional in odd ways, too.

 

Circumcision activists pro and con can debate the efficacy of circumcision for...
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After Auschwitz trip, Cantor warns against dangers of isolationism

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Rep. Eric Cantor took the stage last week at the Virginia Military Institute to deliver a wide-ranging foreign policy address, Auschwitz was on the House majority leader’s mind — and so, observers suggest, was the state of his party.

In his speech, the...
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Devorah Halberstam’s path from bereaved mother to counterterrorism authority

By UtRIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) – When a 16-year-old Lubavitcher named Ari Halberstam was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994 by a Lebanese livery cab driver, the killing seemed to be a cut-and-dried case.

The shooter, Rashid Baz, was captured the following day and confessed...
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Beatles’ Jewish manager remembered 50 years after American debut

By ROBERT GLUCK

(JNS.org) — Amid the celebrations and hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America and their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the man Paul McCartney called “the fifth Beatle” is not often mentioned. But experts say that without him, the Beatles as we...
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At Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, Anne Heyman’s legacy lives on

By BEN SALES

AGAHOZO-SHALOM YOUTH VILLAGE, Rwanda (JTA) – Anne Heyman’s death during a horse-riding competition in Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 31 shocked and devastated many in the Jewish world.

But it was Heyman’s work in Rwanda that so many of her admirers will remember most.

A former assistant...
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Lifting the veil on the science of counting Jews

By URIEL HEILMAN

MIAMI (JTA) — Fueled by KitKats and Cherry Coke, some two dozen people sit hunched over stacks of questionnaires in a windowless conference room in Miami, a phalanx of 1980s-era push-button telephones in front of them.

It’s the first day of work on a new survey of...
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For lone socialist in Congress, pet issue finds the spotlight

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and the only self-described socialist in Congress, has long been an outspoken voice in Washington on issues of economic inequality. But with the vanishing middle class figuring prominently in the campaign for mayor of the country’s largest...
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Is food writer Mark Bittman going kosher?

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Mark Bittman is not a religious man by any stretch of the imagination, least of all his own.

A longtime food writer for The New York Times who three years ago shifted from cooking to food policy columnist, Bittman has made a living...
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Meet the Israeli bureaucrat who decides who can marry in the Jewish state

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) — To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate.

Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court.

In...
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