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Ben Sales, JTA

Touro Synagogue, nestled in historic Newport, Rhode Island. (John Nordell/ Christian Science Monitor/Getty)

Who is the fairest owner of them all?

NEW YORK — The story of America’s oldest synagogue, as told by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter, is the story of American Jewish history. Touro Synagogue...

Yaakov Seltzer's West Side Judaica.

Judaica stores in Manhattan joining the dinosaurs

NEW YORK — Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughter’s wedding. When...

The central synagogue of the Abayudaya Jewish community in rural Uganda.

East Africa famine: Jews die of starvation

NEW YORK — Uganda’s 2,000 Jews have long maintained a modest existence. They live in the east of the country in a hilly, rural area that lacks paved roads,...

Michael Steinhardt enjoys interacting with his tortoises.

Pro-Israel billionaire decompresses in private zoo

MOUNT KISCO, NY— When Michael Steinhardt strolls around his 55-acre backyard for 90 minutes every morning, one of his favorite animals to see is the scimitar-horned...

Rabbi David Lau, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, speaking in Berlin, Germany in 2013. (Sean Gallup/Getty)

New controversy from Israel: ‘Blacklist’

NEW YORK — Some 160 rabbis, including several American Orthodox leaders, appear on a list of rabbis whom Israel’s Chief Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the...

Jewish women pray at the women's section of the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem on May 16. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty)

Controversy over Kotel

NEW YORK — American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at...

Sarah Mulhern with her husband and newborn baby.

Can rabbinical students be parents?

NEW YORK — A few weeks after her first daughter’s due date, Catherine Clark was set to begin her fifth and final year at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s...

World Jewish Relief workers in Greece.

Jews sent $125 million to third world

NEW YORK — Eighty percent of Jews live in two countries — Israel and the US — but Jewish organizations are spending more and more of their money elsewhere. Jewish...

Solar panels in the Bedouin Arab village of Darajat in the Negev in 2009. (By Uriel Sinai/Getty)

Likud is conservative . . . and green

JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump broke his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and reportedly leaked Israeli intelligence....

Eli Pasternak, front, and his partner making their pitch on BizTank.

On BizTank, haredi entrepreneurs pitch their ideas

NEW YORK — At the beginning of a takeoff of “Shark Tank” in Brooklyn, an Israeli in a beige kippah, gray blazer, pink shirt and blue jeans stands before a panel...