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So Bernie Sanders won’t be the first Jewish president. Here are 10 people who could be.

By PHILISSA CRAMER, GABE FRIEDMAN and RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — When Bernie Sanders announced on Wednesday that he was suspending his presidential campaign, he closed the door on the last sliver of possibility that America would elect its first Jewish president in 2020.

That leaves Jewish White House history to...
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Larry David says Bernie Sanders, his distant cousin and lookalike, should end his presidential campaign

(JTA) — Larry David, the Bernie Sanders doppelganger who often portrays the presidential candidate in skits on “Saturday Night Live,” says the senator from Vermont should drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president and throw his support behind Joe Biden.

“I feel he should drop out,”...
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Israel’s pre-Passover egg shortage is no yolk. But millions of imported eggs are on the way.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A ship carrying millions of eggs arrived in Israel’s Ashdod port on Sunday in an effort to alleviate the country’s coronavirus-induced egg shortage just days before the Passover holiday. The country’s estimated shortage of about 30 million eggs means that Israelis’ typical Passover diets could be hard...
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Steve Steiner, 75, was public relations director for the Orthodox Union

(JTA) –For many New York-area Jewish journalists, Steve Steiner was the name attached to press releases for the Orthodox Union for over a decade. But to his colleagues, he was the kind and friendly man who arrived at the office each day wearing his trademark New York Yankees cap and...
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Saints legendary kicker Tom Dempsey is dead from COVID-19 complications

By ALAN SMASON

Tom Dempsey, an unlikely hero with half a foot, but a full heart that made him a champion for legions of New Orleans Saints fans, died on Saturday from complications of COVID-19. He was 73.

The professional kicker, who established a 43-year-old record for the NFL’s longest...
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Israel cordons off heavily infected Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak

(JTA) — Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

At least a third of the city’s heavily haredi Orthodox population has the coronavirus, according to government estimates. On Thursday, the Israeli government decided for the first time...
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COVID-19 cases grow by 42% statewide; death toll now at 310

Louisiana registered a 42% increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases as the death toll increased to 310 deaths, among them a musical icon of jazz, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and a legendary high school football coach, Wayne Reese of McDonough 35, one of only 24 coaches to achieve 250 wins.

Nearby St....
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Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ songwriter, dies from coronavirus at 52

(JTA) — Adam Schlesinger, known as one of the lead songwriters of the pop rock band Fountains of Wayne and the musical series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday morning at 52 from coronavirus complications, Variety reported.

Schlesinger, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, had been in an unnamed hospital...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is working out in the Supreme Court gym during the pandemic

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is working out at the high court’s private gym, with precautions, during the pandemic, her trainer said.

“Everybody’s been shut down,” Bryant Johnson told Law 360, a legal news website, this week. “The only reason why I didn’t shut the justice...
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Western Wall sanitized; notes removed and buried

Workers under the direction of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, removed notes Tuesday morning, March 31, from between stones in the Western Wall. Oftentimes thousands of people from Israel and around the world will place notes of personal requests or prayers in a practice...
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