National News

June 4, 2013

The senior class of a New York yeshiva high school was kicked off a flight for being “non-compliant.” The 101 students and eight chaperones from the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn were asked to leave the early-morning Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Atlanta on Monday, CNN reported. Flight attendants said the students did CONTINUE »

June 3, 2013

JTA Wire Service New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died. Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, his office said. Two far-reaching laws bear the name of the Democrat, who served a combined 30 years CONTINUE »

Vote by Boy Scouts lifts 22-year ban on gays
BY Ron Snyder
May 31, 2013

The Jewish community played a significant role in working to lift the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.At their annual meeting in Grape-vine, Texas, 61 percent of 1,400 members voted May 23 in favor of lifting the ban, which had been in place since 1991. The new policy will go into effect CONTINUE »

May 28, 2013

JTA Wire Service Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated another $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation. Their latest gift brings the couple’s overall donations to the program to $180 million. “Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and educational opportunity,” said Miriam Adelson in a statement CONTINUE »

BY Hanna T. Glicksman
May 28, 2013

JT intern From the moment Michael Levine poked his head into a first-floor window of the tenement buildings that house Streit’s Matzo factory, he knew there was an incredible story just waiting to be told. Streit’s Matzo is not your average large-scale food manufacturer. The last family-owned matzo factory in America, it remains in the CONTINUE »