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Their followers on the move, Lev Tahor sect leaders are convicted of child exploitation

By ASAF SHALEV

(JTA) — Two leaders of Lev Tahor, a fundamentalist Jewish sect, were found guilty on Wednesday of kidnapping and child sexual exploitation crimes by a federal jury in White Plains, New York. 

Nachman Helbrans and Mayer Rosner face a sentence of up to life in prison after a four-week trial over the abduction of two underage siblings in 2018 in New York and their transportation to Mexico....

Starbucks ex-CEO Howard Schultz uses a Holocaust analogy to discourage a union vote

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) — Howard Schultz, the Jewish former CEO and chairman of Starbucks, invoked the Holocaust as he discussed a pending unionization vote during a meeting with Buffalo-area store employees of the coffee giant last weekend, The New York Times reported.

According to eyewitness accounts and a transcript of the meeting, Schultz “noted that only a small portion of prisoners in German concentration camps received blankets but often...

UK soccer fans arrested for allegedly harassing Orthodox Jew on a plane

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) – Police in Britain arrested two men for allegedly chanting offensive soccer-themed limericks at an Orthodox Jewish passenger on a flight Nov. 4.

The incident was filmed aboard a Ryanair flight from the United Kingdom to Belgium last week. Many of the passengers were headed to a soccer match between the West Ham team and Genk, a Belgian team.

As the Orthodox passenger walked past them on...

Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ Jewish manager, to be honored with a statue in Liverpool

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — The Beatles’ Jewish manager who was credited with ushering the band to global fame and success will be memorialized with a statue in Liverpool, according to the BBC.

Brian Epstein, born on Yom Kippur to a family of Russian and Lithuanian Jewish descent, first discovered The Beatles in 1961 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. He became the band’s manager in 1962, overseeing the group’s...

Kamala Harris condemns singling out of Israel spurred by ‘anti-Jewish hatred’

(JTA) — Vice President Kamala Harris is set to denounce the singling out of Israel “because of anti-Jewish hatred” in a speech at the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Never Is Now conference, which begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

“Three years ago, we suffered the most deadly attack on the American Jewish community in the history of our nation at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Harris...

As ‘Jewish Taliban’ sect is tossed out of Iraq, its leaders stand trial in New York

By ASAF SHALEV

(JTA) — To get from Guatemala City to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq, travelers can’t exactly catch a direct flight.

But that’s the route taken in recent weeks by some 70 members of a small Orthodox sect that has been trotting the globe for more than 40 years in search of a safe haven to practice a fundamentalist version of Judaism —...

Their same-sex rabbinical wedding was a historic first for the Conservative movement

By ALIX WALL

(JTA) — You could call it bashert: 15 years after a landmark decision in Judaism’s Conservative movement that paved the way for gay and lesbian students to enter its rabbinical schools and for rabbis to perform same-sex weddings, it would seem like destiny that two Conservative rabbis would wed.

Of course, it happened at Camp Ramah.

Rabbi Ariella Rosen and Rabbi Becca Walker tied the knot at...

Purchased by former Algemeiner editor, New York Sun to relaunch with Seth Lipsky as editor

By SHIRA CONN

(JTA) — The New York Sun, a New York City broadsheet published from 2002 to 2008, will relaunch its web site after a sale to a former editor of The Algemeiner Journal, a Jewish publication with a conservative bent, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Seth Lipsky, who ran the New York Sun in its previous run and has continued to publish his and others’ opinion pieces...

Israel approves national budget, averting new government’s collapse and repeat election

By ASAF SHALEV

(JTA) — In what was seen as a crucial test in Israel’s longstanding governing crisis, the country’s lawmakers managed to approve a national budget for the first time in more than three years on Thursday.

A failure to do so by a Nov. 14 deadline would have meant the collapse of Israel’s new government and a fifth national election since 2019. 

The approval of the fiscal framework...

Twitter’s new curator for Middle East news apologizes for anti-Israel tweets

By GABE STUTMAN

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A new Twitter hire responsible for curating news coverage of the Middle East and North Africa has apologized for tweets harshly critical of Israel made in 2010 and 2011 after they generated controversy on social media Monday.

Fadah Jassem, a former journalist who lives in London, also apologized for not including Israel’s flag alongside those of 17...