Month: October 2018

#WeAreAllJews: The Jewish Media Stand with Pittsburgh

Members and supporters of the Jewish community hug at a candlelight vigil in front of the White House for the victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Andrew Cabbalero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Earlier this year, our colleagues at the three leading Jewish newspapers in the United Kingdom published the same front-page headline and joint editorial voicing concern over rising anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party.

Today we have found a mournful occasion…

Netanyahu Pledges to Attend Inauguration of Brazil’s New Right-wing President

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel’s prime minister said he will attend the New Year’s Day inauguration ceremony for Brazil’s newly elected president.

Benjamin Netanyahu told Jair Bolsonaro in a congratulatory telephone conversation on Monday about his intention to greet him in Brasilia, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported. The Israeli media on Wednesday confirmed the prime minister’s intention to travel to Brazil, citing an official in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Brazilian right-wing lawmaker is a passionate admirer of Israel and has vowed to transfer the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem from…

Haifa Elects Its First Woman Mayor, Jerusalem Race Goes to Runoff

(JTA) — A woman was elected mayor of Haifa for the first time, while the mayor’s race in Jerusalem will go to a runoff following municipal elections held across Israel on Tuesday.

In Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai will serve a fifth term as mayor after defeating his deputy.

In Jerusalem, voters will return to the polls in two weeks to choose between Municipal Council member Moshe Lion and former deputy mayor Ofer Berkovitch, who each received about 30 percent of the vote, failing to reach the 40 percent threshold to avoid a runoff.

Zeev Elkin, the Jerusalem affairs minister and…

Campaign Urges Synagogue Attendance on Shabbat in Response to Pittsburgh Shooting

A Jewish emergency crew and police officers at the site of the mass shooting at the Tree Of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 28, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

(JTA) — The American Jewish Committee is urging Jews — and non-Jews — to come to synagogue this Shabbat in response to the shooting during services Saturday at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 worshippers.

The organization is calling on elected officials, civic leaders…

Lena Dunham Writing Script on Syrian Refugee Story for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams

Lena Dunham at a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, May 1, 2017. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Huffington Post)

(JTA) — It has been a rough year for “Girls” creator Lena Dunham.

Since her acclaimed HBO show concluded in 2017, she has broken up with longtime boyfriend Jack Antonoff(who has become one of the most in-demand pop music producers in the industry) and parted ways with her creative partner and…