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Former president Donald J. Trump speaks at the CPAC conference at Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, March 4, 2023. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Jewish moments to expect (and not expect) at the Republican convention

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 11, 2024

MILWAUKEE — The Republican convention taking place here next week will be the closest ever to Donald Trump’s vision for America. Expect some typically validating — and jarring — moments for the Jewish community. The vestiges of the pre-Trump...

Clockwise from left: Nick Itkin, Artem Dolgopyat, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, Amit Elor, Sagi Muki, Jemima Montag, Claire Weinstein, Daniel Peretz. (Images via Getty; Design by Grace Yagel)

Claire Weinstein, Jessica Fox and 12 other Jewish athletes to watch in the 2024 Paris Olympics

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished July 11, 2024

(JTA) — There are veterans like an Australian gold medalist canoe paddler and Israel’s powerhouse judo team. There are newcomers, like the youngest American female wrestler ever and Israel’s soccer team. And there are athletes competing in...

What American Jews should know about Project 2025

What American Jews should know about Project 2025

By Louis Keene, The ForwardPublished July 11, 2024

Project 2025, a conservative policy agenda years in the making, has vaulted into American political consciousness in recent days. President Joe Biden wants you to think the mysterious project is the heart of his Republican rival’s platform, despite...

Yitskhok Rudashevski

Discover the lost diary of a Holocaust teenager from your home in St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 11, 2024

You may not know his name, or his diary, but just like Anne Frank's written words, Yitskhok Rudashevski’s writings stand as a powerful testament to the voices of teenagers lost in the Holocaust. Rudashevski was not just a teenager; he was a gifted...

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a campaign rally in the Bronx, June 22, 2024. (Luke Tress)

Far-left group pulls endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez after she hosts panel on antisemitism

Luke Tress, JTAPublished July 11, 2024

The Democratic Socialists of America dropped its endorsement of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she hosted a panel discussion on antisemitism. The DSA said in a Tuesday statement that it was rescinding its conditional endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez’s...

Mordechai Rosenstein, seen in 2014 at a sale of his works, combined bright colors and stylized Hebrew letters for pieces that hang in countless homes, offices and synagogues. (Courtesy Rosenstein Arts, via Facebook)

Mordechai Rosenstein, calligrapher whose art illuminates Jewish homes and synagogues, dies at 90

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished July 11, 2024

Mordechai Rosenstein, a painter and calligrapher whose brightly colored illuminations of Hebrew texts adorn countless Jewish homes, offices and synagogues, died on July 9 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. He was 90. His signature pieces featured Hebrew letters...

Candace Owens speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Far-right commentator doubts Mengele experiments, calls them ‘propaganda’

JNS StaffPublished July 10, 2024

Far-right political commentator and talk-show host Candace Owens, who was let go from The Daily Wire in March over anti-Jewish rhetoric, dipped her toe into antisemitic waters once again. She called the torturous “experiments” on Jewish and other...

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Nov. 26, 2010. The statue was defaced with graffiti reading Gaza on July 9, 2024. (Gus Maussen via Creative Commons)

Anne Frank statue in Amsterdam tagged with ‘Gaza’ graffiti

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished July 10, 2024

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam was defaced Tuesday, with the word “Gaza” painted in red on the base. The statue sits in a public park near the famous annex where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis, and where they were later discovered.  Mayor...

Democratic platform committee hears witnesses clash over aid to Israel

Democratic platform committee hears witnesses clash over aid to Israel

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — The committee drafting the Democratic platform heard clashing visions of what the party’s Israel policy should be, with two witnesses urging continued military aid and one urging cuts. Tuesday’s online meeting, convened by a subcommittee...

The GOP platform: Supporting Israel, Fighting ‘anti-Christian bias’ and deporting ‘pro-Hamas radicals’

The GOP platform: Supporting Israel, Fighting ‘anti-Christian bias’ and deporting ‘pro-Hamas radicals’

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — The 2024 GOP platform pledges to fight antisemitism and to keep Israel safe. It promises to fight anti-Christian bias as well as “gender insanity.” And it vows, in all-caps, to “DEPORT PRO-HAMAS RADICALS AND MAKE OUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES...

Ora, 84, and Yaakov, 97, Manloon, married Bnei Menashe immigrants from India, hold a “ketubah” marriage contract as they get married according to Jewish law in Kiryat Arba on May 2, 2008. Photo by Michal Fattal/Flash90.

800-year-old Hebrew-inscribed tombstone discovered in India

JNS StaffPublished July 8, 2024

A Hebrew-inscribed tombstone dating to the 13th century has been discovered in southern India. The tombstone was found on a coconut farm in the city of Ramanathapuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, The Week reported on Friday. Thoufeek Zakriya, a Jewish...

Mothers  of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza protest for their release outside the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, July 8, 2024. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Netanyahu issues list of demands for ceasefire deal as pressure mounts

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 8, 2024

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out conditions for a ceasefire deal with Hamas as pressure ramped up at home and abroad for an outcome that would bring home the more than 100 Israeli hostages held by the terror group in Gaza. Netanyahu’s...

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