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Who’s on first? Liberal Billy Crystal and conservative Bill Kristol compete to endorse Biden

(JTA) — Take your pick: Crystal method, or Kristol, Bill’s persuasion.

Billy Crystal, the actor and comedian, and Bill Kristol, the onetime top adviser to Republican officials who has become a prominent “Never Trumper” joined in an ad released this week to explain why they were voting for Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee hoping to oust Donald Trump on Nov. 3.

“We never agree on anything!” says Crystal who pretends...

One of the US’ largest cemetery companies quotes Nazi Heinrich Himmler in its calendar

(JTA) — One of the country’s largest cemetery operators included a quote from Heinrich Himmler in a calendar it distributed as a marketing tool.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the November page in the StoneMor Inc. 2020 calendar depicts an older couple walking arm in arm alongside the quote, “My honor is my loyalty,” which is credited to Himmler, one of the architects of the Holocaust. The quote has become...

This 102-year-old Jewish grandma is going viral for mailing her absentee ballot in a hazmat suit

By MADDY ALBERT

(JTA) — We are now less than a month away from what’s likely the most significant American election of our lifetimes, and many, many people are mobilizing to get out the vote. Among them: a remarkable 102-year-old Jewish woman named Beatrice Lumpkin.

A photograph of Lumpkin mailing in her absentee ballot — while wearing a homemade hazmat suit — recently went viral on social media.

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Officials fear violence on Election Day. Some worry it could target the Jews.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Ryan Greer used to spend his days trying to prevent people from becoming radicalized and joining ISIS.

Now he and several former colleagues who used to work on combating foreign terrorism are paying attention to a threat closer to home: White supremacist violence in the United States. As Election Day nears, Greer sees that threat as growing ever more urgent.

Right-wing extremist groups see the...

New help for the 20,000 Jewish communal professionals who lost jobs during pandemic

By MICHELE CHABIN

“Blindsided.” 

That’s how Melissa Engelberg felt after being laid off in April due to COVID-19 cutbacks.  

“I was shocked, I was sad and I was worried,” said Engelberg, who lost her job as director of grants and programs at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “I understood the reason — the times are just so unprecedented — but this was my dream job and I...

Jewish poet Louise Gluck wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — Louise Gluck, the American granddaughter of Hungarian Jews, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.

Gluck, 77, was awarded “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal,” the Nobel committee wrote in its announcement.

Her collections of poetry — which explore broad and painful topics, such as family life, trauma and aging — include the books “The Wild Iris,” “Meadowlands,” “The...

YouTube removes Nation of Islam channel from its site

YouTube has removed the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) channel over its site, according to information from the anti-Semitic watchguard group, the Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Global Policy (ISGAP).

According to the release from ISGAP, which applauded the action, “YouTube cited its policies against hate speech in explaining this landmark decision. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Defamation League, the Nation of Islam and...

New York governor moves to close yeshivas – and possibly synagogues

(JTA) – In the latest tug of war over how to handle rising COVID-19 cases in New York City, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered schools in nine ZIP codes to close Tuesday. 

That deadline is a day earlier than Mayor Bill de Blasio had set — and equally irrelevant for the hundreds of Jewish schools in the areas, most of which are closed right now because of the Sukkot...

Trump condemns Proud Boys and white supremacists in Fox News interview with Sean Hannity

(JTA) — President Donald Trump, under fire for not unequivocally condemning white supremacists, notably the Proud Boys, did so in a friendly venue, chatting with Sean Hannity, the Fox News Channel host.

“I’ve said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK,” Trump said Thursday night, referring to the Ku Klux Klan. “I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys,” referring to the extreme...

President Trump is moved via helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center

(WASHINGTON) – President Donald Trump was moved via a helicopter shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday afternoon from The White House to facilities at Walter Reed Medical Center as his medical staff elected to exercise caution in his treatment for COVID-19.

First Lady Melania Trump did not make the short trip to the medical facility even though she had also tested positive last night. It was announced earlier in the day...