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  • Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcome second daughter

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have announced the birth of their second daughter, named August. The Facebook founder and his wife made the announcement through a post on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page Monday in which they sounded optimistic about the world’s future. “When your sister was born, we wrote a letter about…

  • Jack Antonoff and Nev Schulman wear Jewish stars at the MTV Video Music Awards

    (JTA) — How often do you see pop culture fixtures wearing very visible Stars of David on a big stage? Two stars wore them, albeit for possibly different reasons, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. Jack Antonoff, pop music’s new “it” producer and songwriter — who is also Lena Dunham’s boyfriend, head…

  • A monkey and a chicken have become best friends at an Israeli zoo

    (JTA) — Friendly and peaceful coexistence is a recurring theme in Israel — even at the zoo. Over the past week, an Indonesian black macaque named Niv has become a close friend of a chicken at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Agence France-Presse reported. Niv has had trouble finding a mate, a…

  • White House: Stephen Bannon is out as chief strategist

    This is a developing story. (JTA) — Stephen Bannon is leaving his position as White House chief strategist. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Friday was Bannon’s last day in the role. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Sanders…

  • Bumble dating app joins forces with ADL to ‘ban all forms of hate’

    (JTA) — The popular dating app Bumble will work with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Technology and Society for “guidance on identifying all hate symbols.” The app, which as of February had over 12 million users, announced the partnership Thursday on its website. In a statement, the company called on users to report others who…

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says company will donate $1 million to ADL

    (JTA) — Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged that his company will donate $1 million each to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center in the wake of the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Apple also will match employee donations to the two groups and others two for one through September, according to…

  • Johnny Cash’s family slams neo-Nazi who wore fan shirt: ‘We were sickened’

    (JTA) — Johnny Cash’s children took to social media to denounce a neo-Nazi who wore a T-shirt with the singer’s name on it during the Charlottesville far-right rally last weekend. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter Cash pointed out that their late father had received humanitarian awards from, among…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition calls on Trump to provide ‘moral clarity’ in rejecting anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition called on President Donald Trump to provide “greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.” “The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are dangerous anti-Semites,” the group’s national chairman, Norm Coleman, and executive director, Matt Brooks, wrote in a statement posted first on Twitter Wednesday. “As representatives of an…

  • Both Bush presidents condemn anti-Semitism in Charlottesville statement

    (JTA) — Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a joint statement rejecting “racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms.” “As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded by the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed…

  • Police impersonator arrested trying to enter Long Island synagogue

    (JTA) — A 28-year-old New York City man was arrested for pretending to be a police officer in order to enter an Orthodox synagogue in a Long Island suburb. Police arrested Mikhail Mikhaylov of Far Rockaway, Queens, after he entered Young Israel of Woodmere, a synagogue in the heavily Orthodox Five Towns area, at the…