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The Iran assassination, explained

The simmering fear among Middle East watchers that President Donald Trump might attack Iran in the waning days of his presidency was inflamed on...
Deni Avdija

Israeli teen drafted by Washington Wizards

By Marc Brodsky Deni Avdija, the 19-year-old Israeli basketball phenom, was taken by the Washington Wizards with the ninth overall pick of the NBA Draft...
Tony Blinken

Where Biden’s secretary of state choice Tony Blinken stands on Jewish issues

Tony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state, is the stepson of a Holocaust survivor whose stories shaped his worldview and subsequently...
people at a Trump rally

How did Jewish Americans vote?

Polls offer imperfect takes, but the big picture is clear By Ron Kampeas and Gabe Friedman | JTA It’s a Jewish ritual: Every four years after...

New help for the 20,000 Jewish communal professionals who lost jobs during pandemic

By Michele Chabin “Blindsided.” That’s how Melissa Engelberg felt after being laid off in April due to COVID-19 cutbacks. “I was shocked, I was sad and I...

FBI: Anti-Semitic hate crimes rose by 14% in 2019

The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States increased significantly in 2019, according to the FBI, in a year that saw three...

In Philadelphia, Biden supporters detail roles in election

After Election Day, Jewish Philadelphians who worked on behalf of Joe Biden’s campaign marched and danced, but most of all they waited. And waited. On...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Controversy and record participation reflect renewed US Jewish interest in Zionist Congress

By Larry Luxner A virus forced the World Zionist Congress to go virtual for the first time since its founding in 1897. But that didn’t stop...
Jonathan Sacks

Jonathan Sacks, former UK chief rabbi and Jewish ‘intellectual giant,’ dies at 72

By Ben Harris, Cnaan Liphshiz and Gabe Friedman Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media...
Biden and Harris

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

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...