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Conservative movement apologizes for list of innovative rabbis that featured only men

(JTA) — The Conservative movement’s congregational umbrella group apologized for publishing an article about innovative rabbis that only included men.

The article by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in the February issue of its Journeys publication featured five rabbis who “meet people where they are.” Among other things, the...
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Is 2020 really the year for America’s first Jewish president? As Sanders and Bloomberg surge, here are their paths to victory.

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg have much in common besides running for the Democratic nomination for president: They’re in their upper 70s, had hardscrabble upbringings and have had contentious relations with the party whose endorsement they now seek.

And both are seeking the chance...
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UC Berkeley student government votes down resolution condemning pro-Palestinian display

(JTA) — A student government committee at the University of California, Berkeley, voted down a resolution condemning a display by a pro-Palestinian student group.

The Associated Students of the University of California Senate’s University and External Affairs Committee met on Monday night to discuss the resolution presented by a Jewish...
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Cornel West uses Hebrew word ‘chesed’ at Bernie Sanders rally

(JTA) — Activist and Harvard professor Cornel West used the “chesed,” Hebrew for kindness, during a Bernie Sanders campaign event in New Hampshire.

“We got a deep Jewish brother named Bernie Sanders who is bringing us together,” West told the crowd Monday, a day before the state’s primary, which was...
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Taika Waititi’s big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit Awards.

But this year’s Oscars...
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The National Archives got Ford to sponsor an Auschwitz exhibit. Henry Ford’s role in the Nazi machine was not mentioned.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The three-week exhibition at the National Archives showcased documents, video and a marquee sponsor, announced in large font on the banner at the National Archives: “This exhibit is paid for in part by the National Archives Foundation through the general support of the Ford...
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Israel and Palestinian backers scuffle at U of California student government meeting

(JTA) — A vote on a resolution condemning a display by a pro-Palestinian student group at the University of California, Berkeley, by a student government committee was postponed after scuffles broke out between group members and pro-Israel students.

The Associated Students of the University of California Senate’s University and External...
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How deep is Donald Trump’s support among Orthodox Jews? A new poll says it’s complicated.

By LAURA E. ADKINS and BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Last year, one of the largest Orthodox synagogue associations in the United States held a gala dinner replete with bright red baseball caps emblazoned with the words “Build Israel Great Again” in white block letters.

Among the keynote speakers...
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What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about Trump’s Middle East peace plan

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Democrats running for president have hewed to the party line in criticizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan rolled out by President Donald Trump: Unilateral annexation of settlements is the wrong way to go.

The tone was first set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and...
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Rep. Jerry Nadler to miss part of impeachment hearing as wife treated for pancreatic cancer

(JTA) — Rep. Jerry Nadler, one of seven House members serving as a manager in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, said he would miss part of the trial in the wake of his wife’s diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

“On Monday, I will be in New York with...
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