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Swedish-Israeli NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Gets Ready for Her First Trip Into Space

Jessica Meir is seen in her official NASA portrait. (NASA/Robert Markowitz)

(JTA) — Jessica Meir has been preparing to go into space since the age of 5. She attended her first space camp after finishing middle school and a training program at the Kennedy Space Center following her sophomore year at Brown University.

It took Meir three tries to be chosen for NASA’s highly selective astronaut training program, which she started in 2013 and from which she graduated two years later. Last month, NASA announced that Meir will be participating in her…

Rashida Tlaib Sets Dates for Congressional Visit to West Bank

Rep. Rashida Tlaib at the funeral service for former Rep. John Dingell at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2019. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., set the dates for her congressional visit to the West Bank.

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, proposed the trip last year after she was elected to Congress for the first time as a counterbalance to Israel trips organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, an affiliate of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

On Wednesday,…

Jewish Voters Overwhelmingly Prefer Joe Biden for Democratic Nominee, Poll Finds

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden addresses a crowd at the Hyatt Park community center on May 4, 2019 (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jewish voters overwhelmingly favor former Vice President Joe Biden over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, a new poll finds.

In the survey conducted by Morning Consult, 47.1 percent of Jewish registered voters planning to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus cite Biden as their first choice, while 11.1 percent favor Sanders, who is Jewish.

The next three choices: Sen.…

Iran Says it Will Partially Withdraw from Nuclear Deal and Threatens to Increase Uranium Production

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 18, 2017. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Iran said it will partially withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal that the United States unilaterally pulled out of one year ago.

President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech Wednesday– the anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran trading sanctions relief for a rollback in Iran’s nuclear program — that the Islamic Republic will keep its excess enriched uranium and heavy water rather than limit…

Hundreds of Jewish Students in Pennsylvania Ask State Legislators for Increase in Security Funding

Jewish day school students meet with Pennsylvania state Rep. Dan Frankel to discuss state security funding for non-public schools. (Courtesy of Teach PA)

(JTA) — Hundreds of students from Jewish day schools and yeshivas in Pennsylvania visited lawmakers in the state capitol to lobby for increased security funding for nonpublic schools and community institutions.

Wednesday’s delegation in Harrisburg from 11 schools throughout the state — including from the capital city, Philadelphia, Lower Merion, Pittsburgh and Allentown — was organized by the Orthodox Union’s Teach PA.

The delegation was…