Cory Booker, who cited Torah on the campaign trail, ends his presidential bid

WASHINGTON (JTA) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who at times would cite Torah on the campaign trail, is out of the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

“It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t...
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In NY Times interview, Bernie Sanders says he is proud to be Jewish but not ‘actively involved in organized religion’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an interview with The New York Times ahead of the paper’s endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he is “proud to be Jewish” but is “not actively involved in organized religion.”

“I am Jewish,” Sanders told the Times’ editorial board when asked...
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Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, isn’t sure that Israelis and Palestinians are ready for peace


TEANECK, N.J. (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, made his first public speech since leaving the White House on Sunday night.

Greenblatt, 52, who worked as a lawyer for Trump for two decades prior to joining the administration, spoke at Congregation Keter...
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Pompeo announces intensified sanctions on Iran

(JTA) — The United States levied intensified sanctions on Iran, extending existing sanctions on its financial and energy sectors to its trade in metals.

The sanctions announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday are “in response to Iran’s attacks against U.S. forces and interests, and to deprive the...
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Israeli intelligence helped US assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, report says

(JTA) — Israeli intelligence helped the United States in its mission to assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

“Intelligence from Israel helped confirm the details,” NBC News reported on Friday.

In “Airport informants, overhead drones: How the U.S. killed Soleimani,” NBC News traces the operation to kill  Soleimani, the head...
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4 Jews injured in brawl with locals in Uman, Ukraine

(JTA) — Four Jews were lightly injured in the Ukrainian city of Uman in a violent altercation with a group of non-Jewish locals.

The incident happened Friday night, reported Sunday.

Violence broke out between the four Jews and as many as 30 men, some of them wielding clubs, the...
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A resolution over Iran splits a tight group of moderate Jewish lawmakers


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Max Rose, Elissa Slotkin and Elaine Luria are the Jewish third of the “Gang of Nine,” moderate Democrats in the House with national security backgrounds from swing districts. It’s a tight group, as described by Politico last year: The nine Democrats sought offices close...
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Elite NY prep school fires teacher who posted anti-Zionist tweets


NEW YORK (JTA) — The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, an elite New York City prep school, has fired a teacher who posted tweets opposing Zionism.

JB Brager, who taught history at Fieldston, was fired Thursday, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned. The termination comes after Brager, who...
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Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 presidential race

(JTA) — Marianne Williamson has ended her run for president.

The Jewish writer and self-help guru made the announcement in a message to supporters on Friday, The New York Times reported.

“I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible opportunity to share our message,” she said. “With...
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Federation announces 2 new initiatives for community building

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans announced the formation of two new “flagship” programs with the goal of improving its service to the New Orleans Jewish community as well as to broadening and deepening  its connections to the New Orleans community at large.

Jewish Federation CEO Arnie...
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