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  • White supremacist Richard Spencer booted, ‘alt-right’ called anti-Semitic at conservative conference

    (JTA) — Not long after an organizer of the Conservative Political Action Conference called the “alt-right” anti-Semitic and racist in a speech, the movement’s leader, Richard Spencer, was kicked out of the event. “There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way into our ranks,” Dan Schneider, executive director of the American…

  • Oscars 2017: 7 unexpected Jewish facts

    (JTA) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is happy to forget 2016, when it was widely eviscerated for nominating only white artists in the major award categories for the second straight year. But things are looking up for this year’s Academy Awards, which are set to air Sunday night, as they feature…

  • Muslim campaign raises over $100,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — A crowdfunding campaign launched by two Muslim Americans has raised over $100,000 in less than two days for a vandalized Jewish cemetery outside of St. Louis. The LaunchGood.com campaign, titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” has brought in $115,000 as of Thursday morning for repairs to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in…

  • Looking for a Jewish college roommate? BBYO has an app for that.

    (JTA) — Finding a Jewish roommate at college can be a challenge, given that Jews make up only about 2 percent of the American population. A new free app hopes to make the matching process easier. Joomie (yep), launched over the weekend at the BBYO International Convention in Dallas, asks incoming first-year students questions about…

  • Marlee Matlin on her favorite acting role and why Trump’s comments may help the disabilities community

    (JTA) — Thirty years ago next month, Marlee Matlin became the only deaf actress or actor to ever win an Academy Award. In 1986, at age 21, she starred in the drama “Children of a Lesser God” as a janitor at a school for the deaf. She took home the Oscar for best actress the…

  • Andy Cohen invokes Jewish roots in condemning attack on St. Louis Jewish cemetery

    Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo’s late-night talk show “Watch What Happens Live” and the mastermind behind the channel’s uber-popular “Real Housewives” franchise, addressed the recent vandalism of a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery on his show Monday night. In doing so, he mentioned that some of his great-grandparents and other relatives are buried there. Over…

  • ‘Holocaust tourism’ laid bare in eye-opening documentary

    NEW YORK (JTA) — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if there are in place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any tourist attraction — taking selfies, goofing around, snacking and drinking as they amble along? Just what…

  • Jared Kushner’s family won’t buy Marlins if current owner becomes ambassador to France

    (JTA) — The Kushner family has dialed down its interest in buying the Miami Marlins now that reports have surfaced claiming the baseball franchises current owner will likely be named the U.S. ambassador to France. Since Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is a senior adviser to the president, the Kushners reportedly are wary that the…

  • Burger King in Israel is offering an adults-only ‘happy meal’ for Valentine’s Day

    (JTA) — Just in case a Whopper doesn’t turn you on, a Burger King franchise in Israel is offering something extra to spark romance this Valentine’s Day. After 6 p.m. and only on Tuesday night, Israelis over the age of 18 could purchase a special “Adults’ Meal” (as opposed to a traditional Kids’ Meal) from the…

  • An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism

    (JTA) — The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways. “Girls” debuted in 2012 — when the Jewish creator and star Lena Dunham was just 24 — and became the…