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  • DNC video highlights Clinton’s Israel record, role in Iran deal

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 hours ago

    On Tuesday, as delegates and party leaders gathered to formally nominate Hillary Clinton for president in Philadelphia, the Democratic National Convention Committee released a five minute video highlighting Clinton’s accomplishment and leadership skills as secretary of state.

    The...

  • Black Lives Matter

    By Ilana Angel

    4 hours ago

    I started and stopped this article over and over again because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say, or maybe I felt what I wrote didn’t sound right, or perhaps I thought I didn’t really have the right to have an opinion since I’m not black.  At the end of the day I am blessed to...

  • Jewish death row prisoner in Kentucky sues for exclusion from kosher meal program

    6 hours ago

    A Reform Jewish death row prisoner in Kentucky is suing the penitentiary where he is incarcerated for kicking him out of the state’s kosher food program.

    In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, William Harry Meece claimed he was being unfairly penalized for eating...

  • Democrats scramble for a unique message that appeals to Jewish millennials

    6 hours ago

    Amanda Renteria, the national political director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was running through the campaign’s messages for minorities and women: immigration for Hispanics, land use for Native Americans, various policies for defending children and women.

    She...

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  • While fishing for Pokemon, Israeli teen collapses in Mediterranean

    7 hours ago

    An Israeli teen lost consciousness in the Mediterranean Sea while tracking a Pokemon Go character.

    Assaf Ben Guzi, 17, of Ashdod, told Israel Channel 2 that he caught the Wartortle Pokemon before losing consciousness in the sea on Monday night.

    “I managed to...

  • Highly touted baseball prospect Alex Bregman to make MLB debut for Astros

    7 hours ago

    Alex Bregman, a Jewish player and one of Major League Baseball’s top prospects, has been called up by the Houston Astros.

    Bregman, 22, will make his debut on Monday night against the New York Yankees after being promoted the night before from Houston’s Triple A Fresno minor...

  • DNC video on Hillary Clinton as secretary of state highlights Gaza cease-fire, Iran sanctions

    7 hours ago

    A video that will be screened at the Democratic National Convention on Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state highlights her roles in achieving a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and in passing sanctions on Iran.

    The five-minute video released Tuesday is titled “67,”...

  • Democrats seek unity on Israel, but cracks begin to show

    7 hours ago

    The Democratic Party has spent the first couple days of its convention projecting unity on issues from fighting racism to fair trade.

    But fissures are showing here on one issue that Democrats have long been united on: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Their party, which has...

  • This Jewish drummer, 24, is busking up the California coast to stomp out Crohn’s disease

    7 hours ago

    Gideon Grossman taps out rapid hip-hop beats on his compact setup of bucket drums. He beams at the camera. His drumming is so effortless, it’s hard to believe he suffers from a sometimes-crippling gastrointestinal disease.

    In addition to flawless rhythm, Grossman has Crohn’s...

  • Memphis Jewish congressman: DNC staffers behind Sanders emails should be fired

    8 hours ago

    A Jewish congressman from Tennessee said the Democratic National Committee staffers whose leaked emails questioned Bernie Sanders’ religiosity should be fired.

    “For a party to question his religion, or lack thereof, as a way to defeat that person, those people should resign and...

  • Parents of Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza war heckle Netanyahu at memorial ceremony

    8 hours ago

    The parents of soldiers killed during Israel’s 2014 war with Hamas in Gaza heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a memorial ceremony.

    “We don’t believe you,” shouted Yoram Tal, whose son Omri, a captain, was killed during Operation Protective Edge. “My son died for...

  • For Jews of Nice, terrorist attack came as no surprise

    8 hours ago

    To the millions of tourists who visit Nice annually, the city in southeast France is an ultimate holiday destination that offers inviting beaches and luxury casinos, stunning architecture and world-class museums.

    Sandwiched between the Maritime Alps and the Mediterranean Sea,...

  • ‘Indignation’ brings Philip Roth’s novel about anti-Semitism to the big screen

    10 hours ago

    James Schamus remembers the block he faced while writing the screenplay for Ang Lee’s 1994 film “Eat Drink Man Woman.” Creating the right voices for the film’s Taiwanese characters was not going well “and Ang Lee was getting very nervous.”

    In a desperate effort to turn the script...

  • Yeshiva U’s search for a new president: Is a Ted Cruz aide the answer?

    11 hours ago

    As Yeshiva University continues its search for a new president with an emphasis on financial sustainability, JTA has learned the name of at least one candidate: the deputy chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign this year.

    Nick Muzin, who earned a medical degree...

  • One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

    11 hours ago

    A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program. The deal was also supposed to create effective inspection...

  • Olympic viewing guide: How you can see all the action without cable

    12 hours ago

    It won’t be long now, and the world will be thrust into several weeks of Summer Olympic action. With the 2012 Olympics being one of the most watched events in history, not to mention the most streamed, you can bet that this year will be bigger than ever.

    In the last couple of...

  • Knesset passes law blocking mikvah access for non-Orthodox conversions

    12 hours ago

    The Knesset passed a controversial bill that allows local Orthodox rabbinates to bar non-Orthodox Jewish conversion ceremonies in publicly funded mikvahs.

    The bill, which was introduced by the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and opposed by many North American Jewish...

  • The most overlooked resource in fighting violent extremism? Moms.

    12 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on Zocalo Public Square.

    When 19-year-old Akhor Saidakhmetov started hanging out with two older men and talking about waging jihad in Syria, his mother took away his passport. Later, when he begged to get it back—admitting that he wanted to join...

  • Bernie Sanders wants his delegates to back Clinton. They’re not listening.

    12 hours ago

    Bernie Sanders’ delegates are going to raise hell on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, his own wishes be damned.

    “Change that’s worth a damn always comes from the bottom up, not from the top,” said Norman Solomon, coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network, an...

  • Palestinian Authority to sue UK over Balfour Declaration

    12 hours ago

    With the 100th anniversary of a key Zionist declaration approaching, the Palestinian Authority said it plans to sue Britain for issuing the edict.

    The P.A.’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki, told Arab League leaders in Mauritania on Monday that the Palestinian Authority will sue...

  • Actor James Caan castigates know-it-all actors; Says Obama not supportive of Israel

    12 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Since acting in the classic film Irma LaDouce in 1963, James Caan has appeared in eighty other movies, including his iconic role as don-in-waiting Michael Corleone’s older brother Sonny in The Godfather. But until now Caan, a...

  • Palestinian Authority president making laws by decree

    13 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    A new social security law in the West Bank has sparked protests against both the content of the law and the way it was legislated. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the law with a presidential decree, as the...

  • Deadly attack on French church is attack against all religions, European Jewish Congress says

    13 hours ago

    An attack on a Catholic church in northern France that saw an 84-year-old priest killed is an attack against all religions, the head of the European Jewish Congress said.

    Two assailants who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State also critically wounded at least one other...

  • Bernie Sanders urges unity behind Hillary Clinton, thanks supporters

    13 hours ago

    Sen. Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton on a night at the Democratic National Convention centered on restoring unity in the party.

    Sanders spoke Monday on the opening night of the convention in Philadelphia following two days of discord in the party....

  • How Sarah Silverman delivered the Democratic convention’s defining one-liner

    14 hours ago

    Corey Booker delivered an uplifting message. The first lady invoked the future of America’s children. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s once-bitter rival, endorsed her with vigor.

    But it was a raunchy comedian, Sarah Silverman, who summed up the night’s implicit message in...

  • Philadelphia Diary: In a woman’s world, Sarah and Michelle saved Hillary

    By Shmuel Rosner

    18 hours ago

    The road from Cleveland to Philadelphia is long, and in my case it involved a train station, a wait, and a conversation. He has a guitar, a large bag, and a worried expression. Are you going to Philly? I am. To the convention? I am. Is that the place, is that the right ticket? It...

  • 5 things to expect from Bernie Sanders’ speech at the Democratic convention

    1 day ago

    It’s been perhaps the second-most surprising presidential campaign this year.

    When Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old Jewish democratic socialist from Vermont, began his campaign last year, no one expected him to take a strong insurgency all the way through the primary season....

  • A year in: Iran is still bad, the Iran deal is still good

    1 day ago

    This time last year the US and the Jewish community were locked in ferocious debate over the nuclear deal between Iran and the major world powers. Pundits cautioned that the deal would be violated, that sanction relief would enrich Hezbollah and Hamas, that we would be facing a...

  • Bernie Sanders booed for urging delegates to support Hillary Clinton

    1 day ago

    Delegates for Bernie Sanders booed the one-time presidential candidate for telling them to support the presumptive Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

    In a speech to supporters Monday ahead of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders thanked them for helping...

  • WikiLeaks removes anti-Semitic tweets

    1 day ago

    WikiLeaks removed tweets that described some of its Jewish critics as “establishment climbers.”

    The account, believed to be run by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, was responding to tweets linking its massive release of Democratic Party leaks with Russia. Russian President...

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