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  • This brave Jewish soldier saved an American battalion during WWI

    In celebration of its 2017 centennial, JTA is highlighting stories from its archive. (JTA) — Things weren’t looking good for the more than 500 Allied soldiers trapped by German forces in France’s Argonne Forest in November 1918. Not only were they under fire from the Germans, they also were being bombarded with shells from Americans who were…

  • How this African-American Jew uses cooking to fuse his two identities

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When Michael Twitty dressed in the outfit that slaves wore in the American South — wool stockings, waistcoat and kerchief tied around his neck — to cook meat in an open-hearth oven on a historic Virginia plantation, more than one memory of slavery flashed through his mind. One memory, of his African-American ancestors in…

  • Orthodox Jewish paramedic sues NY hospital over its no-skirts policy

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish paramedic is suing a New York hospital for discrimination for not allowing her to wear skirts. In the civil suit filed Tuesday, Hadas Goldfarb says she was offered a job as a paramedic at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2015, but was terminated amid orientation after refusing to comply with the…

  • Watch a 93-year-old Jewish woman and a Muslim man mourn together in Manchester

    (JTA) — A touching moment offered a glimmer of hope in Manchester, where a bomber killed at least 22 people on Monday in a terror attack at a concert. On Wednesday, Renee Black, a 93-year-old Jewish woman, traveled to the British city with Sadiq Patel, a Muslim man, from the nearby town of Blackburn to mourn the victims. The pair…

  • The 7 most awkward moments from Trump’s Israel trip

    (JTA) — Donald Trump’s trip to Israel passed by in a flash — after all, the president only stopped in the Jewish state for two days. Nevertheless, Trump managed to do plenty of things during his visit. He checked out the Western Wall, Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum, and he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli…

  • Stephen Miller is reportedly writing Trump’s speech on Islam. Here’s why that’s turning some heads.

    (JTA) — Stephen Miller, who serves as Trump’s senior adviser for policy, is reportedly the primary author of a speech on Islam that the president will deliver in Saudia Arabia. Trump will be giving the speech, which will address radical Islam, in front of representatives of 50 Muslim countries as part of his first overseas trip. He…

  • Prominent Connecticut rabbi ordered to pay $20M to former student alleging sexual abuse

    (JTA) — The founding rabbi of a Connecticut yeshiva must pay $20 million to a man who claims the rabbi raped and sexually molested him hundreds of times when he was a minor. On Thursday, a federal jury ordered Rabbi Daniel Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven to pay Eliyahu Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages…

  • Jared Kushner reportedly urged Trump to challenge appointment of special counsel to head Russia probe

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner encouraged President Donald Trump to contest the Justice Department’s appointment of a new overseer of its investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, according to a report. On Wednesday afternoon, after being informed that acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel, Trump…

  • Trump to interview Joe Lieberman for FBI director

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump will interview former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman for the position of FBI director, which opened with the firing of  James Comey. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump would meet with Lieberman on Wednesday afternoon. Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, becoming the first Jewish…

  • Families of Israeli terror victims ask to meet with Trump during Israel visit

    (JTA) — Over 100 family members of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks asked to meet with President Donald Trump during his scheduled visit to the Jewish state next week. In their letter dated Monday, the 103 signatories also expressed concern about the president’s plan to facilitate talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, citing payment by the P.A. to convicted…