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New York – Therapists Say Patients Have A New Name For Anxiety: Trump

Monday, March 27th, 2017 New York - The text messages started pouring in at 6:30 a.m., as Tracey Rubenstein was getting her kids ready for school. By the end of the day the Boca Raton, Florida-based social worker had spoken to most of her clients, either in person or via text. They were shocked, disappointed, sad and scared. The reason: It was the morning after Election Day, and Donald Trump had just been elected the...

Jerusalem – Millions Of Israeli Children Found At Risk Of Stunted Development, Possibly From Desalinated Water

Monday, March 27th, 2017 Jerusalem - Israel’s first-ever national survey of iodine levels in the population revealed widespread deficiencies, which could mean millions of children will not reach their intellectual potential. The survey, whose unpublished results were presented last week to endocrinologists in Ramat Gan, found that 62 percent of school-age children and 85 percent of pregnant women have iodine levels...

Berlin – This 90-year-old German Rabbi Is Now A Movie Star

Sunday, March 26th, 2017 Berlin - For many Germans, Rabbi William “Willy” Wolff is the first Jewish religious leader they have ever met. And he’s the perfect man for the job. Diminutive, with a disarming chuckle and twinkling eyes, Wolff, who turned 90 in February, effortlessly breaks down that uniquely German condition of “Berührungsangst” – literally “fear of contact” with others. Wolff, who...

New York – Is Trump Owed An Apology After The JCC Bomb Threat Arrest? Is Anybody?

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 New York - Literally within seconds of the news of the arrest in Israel of an Israeli-American teenager for the bulk of the JCC bomb threats, Twitter lit up with Jewish anxiety. “[I] fear the inevitable backlash from haters who we whipped [into] a frenzy for our own nefarious political aims” is how someone responded to the JTA story about the arrest. A colleague’s friend wrote, “And...

Washington – Jewish Bomb Threat Suspect Undermines Groups’ Narrative On Anti-Semitism

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 Washington - Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen — an Israeli, no less — was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start...

New York – Is Eric Trump’s Wife Lara Jewish?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 New York - Is Lara Trump, the pregnant wife of Eric Trump, Jewish? The answer, it turns out, is no. Though media outlets widely reported that she is Jewish, she is in fact not a Jew, a White House Press Office representative confirmed to JTA on Tuesday. The representative declined to give her name. Following a Monday announcement by the couple that they were expecting a baby boy, it...

St. Louis, MO – Florida Girl, 6, Sends 100′s Of Painted Rocks For Vandalized Headstones In Jewish Cemeteries

Monday, March 20th, 2017 St. Louis, MO - A 6-year-old Florida girl has sent hundreds of rocks that she painted to place on headstones vandalized in Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Ayel Morgenstern of Parkland took up the project after seeing a news report about the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis and that one of the toppled headstones was that of her great-great-grandmother, Rebecca...

Washington – Report: AIPAC Paid $60,000 To Group That Peddles Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 Washington - An AIPAC affiliate paid $60,000 during its campaign to thwart the Iran nuclear deal to a group that engages in anti-Muslim extremism. Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, which was launched in the summer of 2015 to rally opposition to the Iran deal, paid the money to the Center for Security Policy, according to a report Wednesday by LobeLog, a Middle East policy news and analysis...

Washington – Over 300 Recent Anti-Semitic Incidents Shown On One Interactive Map

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 Washington - The investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica has produced an interactive map that chronicles over 300 anti-Semitic crimes across the United States from the past few months. The graphic, which was published Wednesday, is a companion to an article ProPublica ran last week, “In an Angry and Fearful Nation, an Outbreak of Anti-Semitism,” which found evidence of over 330...

Tel Aviv – Team Israel Baseball Gear A Home Run With Kvelling American Jewish Fans

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 Tel Aviv - A couple weeks ago, Adam Atkins didn’t know Israel had a baseball team. But since the squad started winning games last week in the World Baseball Classic, he has become a fan. Atkins and his friends wanted team caps, but were frustrated to discover they were sold out online. “The only thing available was a youth size, and I considered if my head was small enough to fit!...

Hungary – Budapest Rabbi Raises Hackles After Interview With Far-right News Website

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 Hungary - A senior rabbi from Budapest stirred controversy in his community by granting an interview to a news website that is widely identified with the far-right Jobbik party. Zoltan Radnoti, the chairman of the rabbinical council of the Mazsihisz Jewish umbrella group in Hungary, spoke with a reporter for the Alfahir news website in a wide-ranging interview published Friday about the...

Los Angeles, CA – Adam Krief, Jewish Father Of 3 Whose Bone Marrow Search Inspired Celebrities, Dies

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 Los Angeles, CA - Adam Krief, a Jewish cancer patient whose search for a bone marrow donor captured the attention of social media and celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Mayim Bialik and Jason Biggs, has died. Krief, a father of three from Los Angeles, died Tuesday, a family friend confirmed to JTA. He was 31. Krief was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer...

Wilmington, DE – Four More Bomb Threats Emailed To JCCs

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 Wilmington, DE - Bomb threats have been emailed to four Jewish community centers following a wave of threats that targeted 16 Jewish institutions on Tuesday. JCCs in Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut and western Canada received bomb threats via email either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to local reports and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Chefs Take Hamantaschen To A Whole New Level

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 Tel Aviv - Cheesecake, amaretto or goat cheese and onion jam? Those are just some of the new hamantaschen options this year at Roladin, a popular Israeli bakery chain. On Tuesday, the Dizengoff Center branch in Tel Aviv, one of dozens around the country, was bustling in advance of the Purim holiday, which starts on Saturday evening. “The public trusts us to expose them to new flavors,”...

New York – Remarks By Chasidic Singer Mordechai Ben David On Obama Stir Discussion

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 New York - Two days after a news story bashed a popular Chasidic singer for reportedly using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama, controversy continues to rage about whether the statement in question was actually derogatory. The incident in question took place on December 29th, when singer Mordechai Werdyger, known more commonly to his fans as Mordechai Ben David, appeared in a...
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