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David Shneer, beloved professor of Jewish studies, dies at 48

Ben Harris November 10, 2020

(JTA) — In a packed conference room at a downtown Boston hotel in 2015, David Shneer, a Jewish studies professor at the University of Colorado, stood before his colleagues in the American Jewish Studies Association and began belting out Yiddish cabaret songs. Dressed in black with a red tie...

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Palestinian Authority parliment member Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator with Arafat talks with the press before a meeting at the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah, West Bank on September 6, 2003. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images) 

Saeb Erekat, long time Palestinian peace negotiator, dies of the coronavirus

Ron Kampeas November 10, 2020

(JTA) — Saeb Erekat, the perpetually optimistic peace negotiator who forged close relationships with his Israeli counterparts and pressed until his final days for a two-state outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has died. Erekat, 65, died Tuesday at Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem, a...

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Messages undermining election integrity are circulating on Orthodox social media

Messages undermining election integrity are circulating on Orthodox social media

Shira Hanau November 9, 2020

(JTA) — The messages casting doubt on the election results started circulating among Orthodox Jewish social media accounts by Wednesday morning and continued throughout the weekend, pausing only for Shabbat. “There’s a lot of cheating happening,” lifeandfoodwithmimi, an Instagram influencer...

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks to reporters in Albany at his daily news conference about the coronavirus crisis, March 29, 2020. (Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

NY reduces restrictions on Brooklyn Jewish neighborhoods as COVID rates drop

Shira Hanau November 9, 2020

(JTA) — Parts of Brooklyn that had high COVID test positivity rates in early October, including some with large Orthodox Jewish communities, will face fewer restrictions after seeing the rates fall. The neighborhoods labeled “red zones” last month have been reduced to “orange,” the middle...

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, left, meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Washington, Sept. 23, 2020. (Shmulik Almani)  

Trump fires Defense Secretary, who was soothing Israelis over arms sales to UAE

Ron Kampeas November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump has fired his defense secretary, Mark Esper, who has played a key role in assuaging Israeli concerns about the sale of stealth combat jets to the United Arab Emirates. Trump did not give a reason for the firing, which he made public Monday on Twitter...

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AJ Edelman competing in the skeleton event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by Viesturs Lacis

Israel’s bobsled athletes aim to go where no Israeli has gone before

Adam “AJ” Edelman’s first skeleton race representing the Israel Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was a disaster.The former ice-hockey goalie and speed skater was a novice at this winter sliding sport when he agreed to compete in the North American Cup in Park City, Utah, in November 2014. He’d...

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Some of the weapons found in the possession of West Bank Palestinian minors reportedly recruited by Hamas to carry out terror attacks in Israel. Photo: Israel Security Agency 

Shin Bet thwarts Hamas attempt to recruits West Bank minors for terror attacks in Israel


(Israel Hayom via JNS) Hamas has been recruiting West Bank minors to carry out terrorist attacks against IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency revealed on Monday.According to available details, two Palestinian minors, one of them 16 years old, residents of Beit Omar...

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A flydubai A6-FDC shortly after taking off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh, Aug. 3, 2012. Photo: Faisal Akram via Wikimedia Commons.

First direct tourist flight from Israel to UAE touches down in Dubai

Jewish News Syndicate November 9, 2020

(JNS) A flydubai flight carrying Israeli tourists landed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday at the Dubai International Airport. Hussein Suleiman, the head of a delegation of Arab businessmen on the flight, said, “There is no doubt that the normalization between Israel and the UAE will bring good...

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Hotels on Tel Aviv's coastline are seen from Jaffa on March 26, 2020. Photo by Gili Yaari/Flash90. 

Israeli Tourism Ministry to grant hotels up to $89 million to cover COVID-19 losses

Jewish News Syndicate November 9, 2020

(JNS) The Israeli Tourism Ministry announced on Sunday that it is granting hotels up to NIS 300 million ($89 million) for losses sustained as a result of coronavirus-spurred lockdowns.Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen said, “I invite hoteliers, from large and small hotels, to submit their application...

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Israeli poet Natan Zach, who died on Nov. 6, 2020 at the age of 89. Photo by Moshe Shai/Flash90.

Israel Prize-winning poet Natan Zach dies at 89

BY RUTH KADOSH November 9, 2020

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Natan Zach, an Israeli writer who had a major impact on the development of modern Hebrew poetry, died on Friday at the age of 89. Zach published more than two dozen books, including several that were translated into other languages, and won a number of international prizes. Israeli...

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7 especially Jewish ‘Jeopardy!’ moments from Alex Trebek’s 36 years as host

Philissa Cramer November 8, 2020

(JTA) — Alex Trebek, the beloved baritone host of “Jeopardy!,” died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at 80.In his 36 years as host of the immensely popular game show, Trebek encountered his share of Jewish moments. We’ve rounded up a few especially notable ones from the last decade here.2011: A rabbi...

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US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris deliver remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 7, 2020. (Andrew Harnik by /POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran, Israel, anti-Semitism and more: What to watch in Joe Biden’s presidency

By Ron Kampeas November 7, 2020

WASHINGTON (JTA) — On Joe Biden’s first day as president, he plans to launch a task force to reunite children and parents separated at the country’s southern border. It’s one of several ways Biden has vowed to reverse policies put in place by President Donald Trump, and it’s important to many...

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