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Ben Sales, JTA
Ben Sales, JTA

Marty Rosenbluth

The only immigration lawyer in town

DURHAM, NC — Most of the year, Marty Rosenbluth lives alone in a small house in Lumpkin, a Georgia town with 2,000 residents and one restaurant. It’s 500 miles away...

The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Who are the Sacklers, the family at the heart of the opioid crisis?

NEW YORK — In the 1930s, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler both traveled to Scotland for medical school because, they said, American universities wouldn’t admit them as...

Students argue with police in Caracas, Venezuela on May 2, 2019. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty)

How Venezuelan Jews are hanging on amid the crisis

CARACAS — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has further depleted Venezuela’s Jewish community. From a height of 25,000 members in the 1990s, it’s down...

Advocates for traditional burial say it assists ecology

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — When Rabbi Jay Lyons prepares a dead body for burial, it feels like he’s in synagogue on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Lyons, along with...

A sign warns people of measles in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 10, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Measles and Passover hotels: a challenge

NEW YORK — In January, before a measles outbreak spread in a few Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York, Channie Klor booked a Passover stay at a hotel in...

West Bank map (Wikimedia)

Netanyahu: ‘We’ll annex settlements’ — what it means

JERUSALEM — Just days before Israel was to hold national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the West Bank as Israeli territory....

Birthright participants at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (Melanie Fidler/Flash90

It’s not ‘Jewish continuity’ anymore

NEW YORK — The first time Ross Beroff met Michael Steinhardt, the megadonor offered him and a young woman $100 to go into a corner and talk alone for 15 minutes. If...

A UN observer at a lookout point near the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights, June 25, 2017. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

The Golan Heights: A primer

JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump tweeted that after  52 years it is time for the US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which he said is of...

Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Israeli parliament on November 19, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Bibi straddles extreme positions

JERUSALEM — It wasn’t so long ago that most major Israeli politicians supported establishing a Palestinian state. Now it’s not clear that any of them do, including...

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu indicted on three counts

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  was indicted in three cases last week pending a court hearing. It’s the first time in Israel’s history that...