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For ground-breaking comedienne Joan Rivers, it was all about getting a laugh
BY Ian Zelaya
September 11, 2014

The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at CONTINUE »

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Holocaust survivor arrested at St. Louis protest
BY Heather Norris
August 28, 2014

Hedy Epstein made headlines around the world last week when she was arrested at a protest in St. Louis. The 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was one of nine people arrested in front of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office at an Aug. 18 protest against the governor’s handling of the fallout from the Michael Brown shooting. When CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
August 21, 2014

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League details what it calls a “dramatic upsurge in violence and vitriol against Jews” related to Operation Protective Edge. The ADL reported incidents linked to anti-Israel protests that involved attacks against Jews and Jewish buildings in Western Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and North and South Africa. The report CONTINUE »

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Fifty years later, civil rights volunteers reflect on activist lives
BY Dina Weinstein/JTA
August 21, 2014

At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, Miss., the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves. It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back in 1964 and have gone on to do CONTINUE »

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New poll shows Republicans as stronger Israel supporters
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 14, 2014

A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans more sympathetic than Democrats to Israel has Republican Jewish activists crowing and their Democratic counterparts questioning whether the poll gives an accurate picture of support for Israel. “For years, public opinion polls have documented the large gap in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans CONTINUE »