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Teen makes history as highest Israeli NBA draft pick

By Marc Brodsky WASHINGTON — Deni Avdija, the 19-year-old Israeli basketball phenom, was taken by the Washington Wizards with the ninth overall pick of the NBA Draft...

Lifetime Achievement Award for novelist Walter Mosley

NEW YORK — Black Jewish novelist Walter Mosley received one of the National Book Foundation’s highest honors on Nov. 18: the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to...

Georgia Senate race: Warnock’s stance on Israel

By Gabe Friedman and Ron Kampeas ATLANTA — Almost as soon as it became clear that control of the US Senate would be decided by two runoff elections in Georgia,...

Brazilian Jew arrested for pyramid scheme

By Marcus R. Gilbrand RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian Jewish businessman accused of bilking investors out of tens of millions of dollars, earning comparisons to Bernie...

‘Tehran’ explores complex identity of Iranian-Jews

By Lior Zaltzman NEW YORK — It all started in 2014, with an email that arrived in Dana Eden’s inbox with the subject line: “Tehran.” “I said to myself, ‘Oh...

Alex Trebek’s Jewish moments

By Philissa Cramer NEW YORK — Alex Trebek, the beloved baritone host of “Jeopardy!,” died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, Nov. 8, at 80. In his 36 years as host of...

What happened when a teacher made his students debate the Holocaust

NEW YORK — On Jan. 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking officials from the Nazi party and the German government got together in a villa at Wannsee, a leafy suburb of Berlin. They...

Sudan-Israel announce normalization

WASHINGTON — Sudan will become the third Arab country in the past two months to normalize ties with Israel, continuing the trend of Arab states’ willingness to...

He wants to be the mayor of Rome

By Simone Somekh ROME — Tobia Zevi is candid: He wants to become the next mayor of Rome. “I’ve dreamed of becoming mayor of my city my entire life,” he told JTA...

3,000 Faces of COVID

NEW YORK — When Alex Goldstein first set out to memorialize Americans who died of COVID-19, he was overwhelmed by the vastness of the task ahead. That was in March,...