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Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancer nodules removed from her lungs

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove malignant nodules from her lungs.

A Supreme Court statement said Ginsburg underwent the surgery Friday at Memorial Sloane Kettering Center.

“Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at...
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Anti-Semitism allegations are splitting the Women’s March

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — When the Women’s March galvanized millions of women in 2017 as a response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, Jewish participants were loud and proud. Synagogues and Jewish activist organizations sent large contingents to the main march in Washington and satellites...
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Some of the inspiring Jews we lost in 2018

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — The end of every year brings the grim task of rounding up the prominent Jews who passed away over the previous 12 months. But in doing so, we are able to pay tribute to their incredible lives and accomplishments and revel once again in the talents...
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7 of the most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2018

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — This year hasn’t been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the United States and abroad, there have been many moments of sorrow.

But there were bright spots too. As 2018 comes...
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In a first, Reform rabbinical school won’t be led by a rabbi

NEW YORK (JTA) —The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has appointed Andrew Rehfeld, a political science professor who has led the Jewish Federation of St. Louis since 2012, to serve as its 13th president.

On Tuesday, the Reform movement’s flagship seminary said Rehfeld would lead its four campuses in New...
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Alice Walker endorses anti-Semitic tract in a New York Times feature

By SAM SOKOL

(JTA) — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker has come under intense criticism after endorsing a book by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke.

In an interview with The New York Times Book Review, Walker — who is best known for her book “The Color Purple,” detailing the hardships of African-American...
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Trump signs law conferring Congressional Gold Medal on Anwar Sadat

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump signed legislation that will honor Anwar Sadat posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal for leading Egypt to peace with Israel. The medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, would be conferred next year, the 40th anniversary of the Camp David accords. This year...
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Rabbi Daniel Allen, philanthropy executive and Zionist activist, dies at 69

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Rabbi Daniel Allen, a noted expert on Jewish philanthropy who led the United Israel Appeal and the Reform movement’s Zionist association, has died at the age of 69.

Allen, who lived in West Orange, N.J., died on Sunday night surrounded by his family. He had...
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Trump is looking at Jared Kushner as chief of staff, report says

(JTA) — Jared Kushner is being considered for White House chief of staff, according to a CBS News report.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, would replace John Kelly, who is set to leave the post at the beginning of next year. A real estate developer who had...
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Illinois warns Airbnb of blacklist placement over its settlement boycott

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — The Illinois state body that sets investment policy gave Airbnb 90 days to explain why it will not list properties in West Bank settlements.

At the request of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the outgoing Republican governor, the Illinois Investment Policy Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to...
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