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City Council candidate David Aronov wants to be the first Bukharian-American to hold office in New York. Background: A Bukharian supermarket in the Rego Park section of Queens. (davidforqueens.com; Lauren Hakimi. Jewish Week montage by Janice Hwang)

24-year-old aims to be NYC’s first Bukharian City Council member

Lauren Hakimi April 16, 2021

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In the 30 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism inspired Central Asian Jews to move to Queens, the Bukharian community of Forest Hills and Rego Park has never been...

Tucker Carlson takes aim at the Anti-Defamation League in a monologue on Fox News, April 12, 2021. (Screenshot)

Why did Tucker Carlson talk about Israeli immigration policy?

Ben Sales April 16, 2021

(JTA) — In Tucker Carlson’s response to accusations that he endorsed one white supremacist talking point, the Fox News anchor appeared to echo another — this time about Israel. Last week, the popular right-wing talk show host said there was...

Rabbi Moshe Dov Ber Beck at a meeting in 2008 with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Leader of Neturei Karta, extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox group, dies at 87

Shira Hanau April 16, 2021

(JTA) — A leader of the extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox Neturei Karta sect who once met with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has died. Rabbi Moshe Dov Ber Beck was 87. Beck, a central leader of the Neturei Karta for decades, died...

An Israeli woman has her temperature taken before entering the Mahane Yehuda market in Israel, part of a national effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, June 16, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Starting Sunday, Israelis won’t be required to wear masks outdoors

Ben Sales April 16, 2021

(JTA) — Israel has reached a milestone in its return to normalcy: Starting Sunday, Israelis will no longer be required to wear masks outside. The announcement Thursday from the Health Ministry comes as Israel’s COVID case numbers have plummeted...

Beata Szydło, then the prime minister of Poland, speaks to reporters in Warsaw, July 31, 2016. (Kancelaria Premiera)

2 more historians quit Auschwitz museum board over right-wing politician’s appointment

Cnaan Liphshiz April 16, 2021

(JTA) — Two more members quit the board of Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in protest after the government appointed a right-wing politician to serve on it. Following the resignation of Jewish philosopher Stanislaw Krajewski on Wednesday,...

A Yeshiva University student wears a face mask on the grounds of the university in New York City, March 4, 2020.

Yeshiva University plans to eliminate in-person Hebrew courses indefinitely

Shira Hanau April 15, 2021

(JTA) — Yeshiva University is planning to eliminate its in-person Hebrew courses indefinitely, making what was at first a pandemic-induced measure a permanent one. The change was first reported by the YU Commentator, one of the university’s...

Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion tried to persuade Albert Einstein to serve as Israel’s second president.

This week in Israeli history: April 15-21

Center for Israel Education April 15, 2021

April 15, 1945 — Bergen-Belsen Is Liberated The British 11th Armored Division liberates the Nazis’ Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne Frank is among an estimated 50,000 Jews and others who die in the final two years of World War II. About...

Denver City Hall, Denver, Co. (Israeli-American Council)

These landmarks across the US lit up blue and white for Israel’s Independence Day

Ron Kampeas April 15, 2021

(JTA) — Landmarks in Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other major U.S. cities lit up in the blue and white colors of Israel to mark that nation’s Independence Day on Wednesday night. Chapters of the Israeli-American Council, an advocacy and...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a news conference in Brussels, April 14, 2021.

Antony Blinken expects other countries to sign onto Abraham Accords this year

Ron Kampeas April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he anticipates more normalization agreements for Israel in the next year. Blinken spoke Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C., at the Israeli Embassy’s virtual celebration of that nation’s...

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,...

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,”...

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...

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