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A deleted Facebook post likely depicting Noa Argamani, one of the Israeli hostages held by Palestinian militants since the October 7 attacks, is at the center of a Meta oversight board case announced December 7, 2023.

Meta oversight board will rule — at unusual speed — on two deleted posts related to Israel-Hamas war

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished December 7, 2023

(JTA) – The independent panel that rules on disputes at the world’s largest social media company is taking up two challenged posts about the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, in cases with potential ramifications for how users will be able to talk about the...

Jewish celebrities like Billy Crystal, left, and Barbra Streisand, right, have taken to social media to remember Norman Lear, center.

Tributes pour in from Jewish celebs as Hollywood remembers Norman Lear

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished December 6, 2023

(JTA) — Soon after news broke Wednesday morning of Jewish TV pioneer Norman Lear’s death at 101 years old, actors and comedians quickly took to social media to remember the titan of comedy. Tributes poured in from a who’s-who of Jewish celebrities...

From left to right: Luke, Quinn and Jack Hughes pose for a photo before their NHL game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Dec. 5, 2023.

Jack, Luke and Quinn Hughes make Jewish NHL history (again)

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished December 6, 2023

(JTA) — The “H” in NHL may as well stand for Hughes. Jewish brothers Jack, Luke and Quinn Hughes made hockey history on Tuesday night when they became the first trio of Jewish brothers to play in the same NHL game. Jack and Luke’s New Jersey...

Norman Lear attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring Marla Gibbs on July 20, 2021 in Hollywood, California.

Norman Lear, creator of pioneering TV comedies including ‘All in the Family,’ dies at 101

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished December 6, 2023

(JTA) — Norman Lear, the Jewish TV pioneer behind iconic comedies of the 1970s and 1980s that helped bring social commentary and Black characters into the mainstream, has died at 101. Lear’s death was announced by a spokesperson for his family,...

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Two Holocaust survivors, reunited after 80 years apart

Published December 5, 2023

(New York Jewish Week) — In March 2022, Jack Waksal thought he recognized Sam Ron, the keynote speaker at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual South Florida dinner in Boca Raton. But he couldn’t quite place him — after all, at 97, Waksal...

Biden administration restricts entry to extremists over settler violence concerns in Israel

Biden administration restricts entry to extremists over settler violence concerns in Israel

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished December 5, 2023

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration announced that it would ban people who have “been involved in undermining peace, security, or stability in the West Bank” from entering the United States —  a signal of its frustration with Israel’s...

Goldie Falafel, owned by Michael Solomonov, was the target of a pro-Palestinian protest in Philadelphia, Dec. 3, 2023. (Google Maps)

Pro-Palestinian protesters target falafel shop owned by Jewish celebrity chef

BY BEN SALES , JTAPublished December 4, 2023

(JTA) — Elected officials and Jewish groups are decrying a rally by pro-Palestinian activists in Philadelphia that targeted a restaurant founded by the Israeli-American celebrity chef Michael Solomonov. “Goldie, Goldie, you can’t hide, we charge...

Palestinians and their supporters protest outside the Embassy of Israel in London two days after Hamas killed s1.200 people in an attack on southern Israel, Oct. 9, 2023.

Understanding what ‘Decolonization is not a metaphor’ really means

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished December 3, 2023

(JTA) — Attend or watch footage of a campus pro-Palestinian demonstration these days and you are likely to see someone carrying a sign reading “Decolonization is not a metaphor.”  Almost immediately after the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct....

Barbra Streisand with director William Wyler, left, and Omar Sharif on the set of the film Funny Girl, 1968.

The most Jewish moments from Barbra Streisand’s memoir

Stephen Silver, JTAPublished December 1, 2023

(JTA) — Throughout Hollywood history, many stars of Jewish ancestry have soft-pedaled that heritage, changing their names or speaking rarely, if at all, about their Jewishness. No one can accuse Barbra Streisand of either. The singer and actress...

Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Oct. 10. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

IDF resumes combat in Gaza after Hamas violates ceasefire

Charles Bybelezer , (JNS)Published December 1, 2023

The Israel Defense Forces resumed combat operations in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning after Hamas broke a week-long ceasefire by firing rockets at the Jewish state. The military said it was conducting a wave of airstrikes across the coastal enclave. “Hamas...

A pro-Palestinian protests against the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting, in New York City, November 29, 2023.

Pro-Palestinian protesters break out swastikas for rally at Christmas tree lighting

Luke Tress, JTAPublished November 30, 2023

(New York Jewish Week) — At least two protesters brandished signs with swastikas at an anti-Israel protest targeting the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night. One demonstrator held a sign with the Nazi...

Israeli security at the scene of a terror shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem, Nov 30, 2023.

Hamas claims responsibilty for fatal Jerusalem shooting attack

Eliyahu Freedman, JTAPublished November 30, 2023

(JTA) — Hamas has claimed responsibility for a shooting attack in the Ramot neighborhood of east Jerusalem that killed three and wounded six on Thursday morning, in what the Palestinian terror group said was retaliation for Israel’s war against...

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