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Daniel Kahneman, Holocaust survivor, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama awarded Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton psychologist known for his application of psychology to economic analysis, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House release Thursday naming Kahneman and other recipients notes that the Princeton University scholar, who shared the Nobel Price for Economics in 2002, escaped Nazi Europe and served in the Israeli army.

Among the 16 people receiving the award this year are Gloria...

Americans urged to leave Yemen; U.S. removes gov’t. staff

(JTA) — The United States flew all non-emergency government staff out of Yemen and called on U.S. citizens to leave the country due to a terrorist threat.

Britain also evacuated its diplomatic staff on Tuesday from the Yemeni capital, Sana. Britain, France, Germany and Norway have closed their embassies in Yemen through the end of Ramadan, the holy month in Islam, later this week.

The actions came several hours after...

The war over intermarriage has been lost. Now what?


NEW YORK (JTA) — When the nation’s largest Jewish federation convened its first-ever conference recently on engaging interfaith families, perhaps the most notable thing about it was the utter lack of controversy that greeted the event.

There was a time when the stereotypical Jewish approach to intermarriage was to shun the offender and sit shiva.

A generation ago, the publication of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey...

As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the peace process. During the Annapolis talks in 2007-08, Dayan would watch Israeli officials as they met with the media in the...

L.A. firm Econ One removes Birkenau photo from website

(JTA) — The Los Angeles-based firm Econ One removed a photo from the Birkenau death camp from its website. The litigation and business consulting firm had published on its website an image of barbed wire and a guard tower from Birkenau.

“Econ One was not aware that the image used in our ad to depict the movie, ‘The Great Escape,’ was an image of Birkenau,” Lisa Skylar, the chief operating officer...

JTA offers three new positions

Ami Eden, the CEO and Editor in Chief of JTA, the Jewish news agency, announced three fulltime positions are open to add to his staff. “We’re hiring for three positions on the editorial side: Online EditorFeature Writer (and) Jewish Affairs Correspondent. Each of these is going to play an important role in JTA’s future. So please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements here, with the job title in the...

U.S. shuts embassies in Israel, elsewhere today

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel is among a number of Middle Eastern and Muslim nations where the United States plans to shut its embassies on today in the face of a terrorist threat.

“The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4,” said a notice that was sent to U.S. citizens in Israel. “The Department has been apprised...

Samantha Power confirmed as U.N. envoy

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate confirmed Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations. The vote to confirm Power was 87-10, CNN reported.

In her confirmation hearings last month, Power vowed to continue defending Israel at the United Nations and expressed regrets at comments in the early 2000s when she accused Israel of major human rights abuses and suggested that foreign intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be necessary.


Hebrew Union College names Rabbi Aaron Panken as president

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Aaron Panken was elected president of The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s rabbinical school.

HUC announced the decision of its board of governors on Wednesday.

Panken, 49, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., has taught rabbinic and Second Temple literature at HUC-JIR in New York since 1995. He has served as vice president for strategic initiatives, dean of the New York campus and dean...

Herbert Kaplow, veteran NBC, ABC reporter dies at 86

HERBERT KAPLOW, a veteran reporter for both the ABC and NBC networks died Saturday, July 27, at the Virginia Hospital Center following a stroke. He was 86. Kaplow, a craggy voiced broadcast journalist began his career while covering the Nuremberg Trials. Through the years he was on TV and radio, Kaplow covered the Korean War, the Civil Rights struggle, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, every political convention from...