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Conservative firebrand Steve Bannon out at Breitbart

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Steve Bannon, the former top strategic adviser to President Donald Trump, is leaving his powerful perch at Breitbart News.

Breitbart News in a statement said Bannon is a “valued part of our legacy,” but various media, including The New York Times, said he...
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Sarah Silverman’s birthday wishes to her nephew in the IDF bring out the haters

(JTA) — Comedian Sarah Silverman posted birthday wishes on Instagram to her 19-year-old nephew showing a photo of him as a baby and a photo of him as an Israeli soldier, leading to hateful messages in response.

“This baby is now a 19 year old soldier. OY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, @adar_abramowitz_silverman I LOVE...
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Why Jews care that Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’ is actually Christian

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — We have met Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer, and he is Christian. But that doesn’t (necessarily) mean he isn’t Jewish.

Martin Wishnatsky, a lawyer first hired by the former Alabama Senate candidate in 2012, was the so-called Jewish lawyer referenced by Moore’s wife at...
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Jewish institutions batten down as monster storm hits East Coast

BOSTON (JTA) — With blizzard-like conditions and storm surges battering the Massachusetts coast, a major senior living community with ties to the Jewish community is humming along at full speed.

“Our staff members – from direct care to culinary teams – are sleeping over as necessary and taking additional...
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Nikki Haley hosts reception for 64 countries that did not support UN Jerusalem resolution

(JTA) — Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hosted a reception for the 64 countries that voted against or abstained from voting on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The “Friends of the U.S.” reception was held Wednesday night in New...
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Will Iran protests kill the nuclear deal?

By RON KAMPEAS 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy.

The depth and breadth of popular Iranian anger have taken the West by surprise, nowhere more so than in Washington, where the focus on...
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Camp establishes scholarship in memory of family killed in Costa Rica plane crash

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Jewish camp has created a scholarship fund in memory of a family who died in a plane crash in Costa Rica.

Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative summer camp in Clayton, Georgia, established a fund in memory of the Weiss family on Tuesday.

The Weisses, of Belleair,...
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Neshama Carlebach responds to allegations of sexual misconduct against her father

(JTA) — Neshama Carlebach, daughter of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, in her first public comments since the start of the #MeToo movement said she is angry with her father over allegations of sexual misconduct but that he was more than just his faults.

Carlebach in a blog post re-published...
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Jewish families killed in Costa Rica crash remembered for passionate social justice work

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes.

The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, in suburban New York, and the Weiss family of Belleair, Florida, were killed Sunday when the small plane...
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10 inspiring Jews who died in 2017

(JTA) — It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. From a pioneering LGBTQ activist to a pair of legendary comedians to a 104-year-old haredi Orthodox rabbi, here are some of...
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