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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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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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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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Mikvah-peeping Rabbi Barry Freundel set to be released early from prison

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rabbi Barry Freundel, a once-prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi in Washington, D.C., who was convicted for secretly videotaping women in his synagogue’s mikvah, is scheduled to be released early from prison.

First, however, an assistant U.S. attorney is asking his victims whether they object to...
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American Friends of Meir Panim conducting campaign for Holocaust survivors in Israel

American Friends of Meir Panim, a charity with a 94% rating on Charity Navigator, has initiated a campaign to assist elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel, who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic there.

The emergency campaign is intended to provide thousands of home-delivered meals to Holocaust survivors and...
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Leading New York rabbi who recovered from coronavirus contributes to treatment experiment

(JTA) — Among the mysteries of the coronavirus is that some patients suffer and ultimately die from the disease while others experience the symptoms as akin to a mild cold.

Rabbi Daniel Nevins is in the latter category. The dean of the rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Nevins...
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In a possible sign of what’s to come, this JCC has already laid off 176 people because of the coronavirus

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — On Day 1 of the state-mandated shutdown in Pennsylvania, Amy Krulik tried to strike an upbeat tone.

To stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center outside Philadelphia had been shuttered starting March 13. Its 178 employees were sent home for at...
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In Memorium: COVID-19 victims listed

At a time when Jewish mourning practices are nearly impossible to observe, the CCJN and JTA are creating space to mourn Jews who have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 disease.

OBIE-Award winning film (“Desperately Seeking Susan”) and stage actor Mark Blum died today, March 26.

Maurice Berger,...
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Rabbi Romi Cohn, a Holocaust rescuer who delivered prayer in Congress, dies of coronavirus at 92

(JTA) — Rabbi Avrohom Hakohen Cohn survived the Holocaust and went on to fight the Nazis in his native Czechoslovakia. He is credited with saving the lives of 56 families during the genocide.

In January, Cohn, known as Romi, delivered the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives for...
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