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  • Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis dies at 91

    (JTA) — Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, known for his work with singer-actor Dean Martin and his four decades of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died. Lewis, best known for his starring role in “The Nutty Professor,” died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas, The Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Katsilometes…

  • Michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill children and Jews

    (JTA) — A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation. A judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday gave David Lenio, 29, the probation sentence after giving him credit for the four months he served in jail after his…

  • Teens who twisted menorah into a swastika sentenced to meet with Holocaust survivor

    (JTA) — Three teens pleaded guilty to criminal damaging charges for twisting a large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona family’s home into a swastika. The teens, who were arrested in March and charged as juveniles in the December incident in a residential neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona, offered the guilty pleas Thursday in…

  • Palestinian teen who attempted to stab police in West Bank said on Facebook he wanted to die a ‘martyr’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen who attempted to stab Israeli Border Police officers at a West Bank junction posted on Facebook a will in which he said he intended to carry out an attack and die a “martyr.” The Facebook post was reported by the Palestinian Maan news agency hours after Saturday’s attack at…

  • Banners with anti-Semitic messages hung on Oregon highway overpasses

    (JTA) — Signs with anti-Semitic messages were hung on highway overpasses in Oregon. The banners were hung on two northbound highways, which were heavily travelled by California tourists heading to the state to get a better view of Monday’s expected solar eclipse, according to local reports. The banners read, “UNJEW HUMANITY,” “Eclipse Whitey,” and “Jewish…

  • American Friends of Magen David Adom joins 8 other groups in cancelling galas at Trump resort

    (JTA) — Nine charities have cancelled planned gala events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, including the American Friends of Magen David Adom. AFMDA, the U.S. fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization, announced the cancellation of its benefit gala in a statement provided to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold…

  • Adelson, in email, expresses support for ZOA efforts to depose McMaster

    (JTA) – Sheldon Adelson in an email to Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein expresses support for efforts by the ZOA to get National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster removed from his position. But Adelson added that he is not “looking to get deeply involved in this debate.” “I don’t know enough about the McMaster case nor…

  • Mnuchin defends Trump to Yale classmates who called on him to resign

    (JTA) — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended President Donald Trump in a statement in response to a letter from hundreds of his former Yale classmates who called on him to resign over Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally. More than 350 members of the Yale class of 1985 in a letter dated Aug. 18 said…

  • Jewish senator calls on Jewish Trump Cabinet members to resign

    (JTA) — A Democratic Jewish senator has called on all of the Jewish members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to resign over his response to the Charlottesville demonstration. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in an interview with MSNBC on Friday evening said in response to a question about whether he thought Jewish Cabinet members should resign…

  • Ivanka Trump praises Boston counter demonstrators in tweet

    (JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, in a tweet praised the thousands of counter demonstrators who marched in Boston in response to a conservative free speech rally. An estimated 15,000 counter demonstrators on Saturday in Boston surrounded a small group of conservatives who marched for free speech a week after a…