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A graduate displays a Palestinian flag during the 373rd Commencement at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 23, 2024. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Harvard ends its year contentiously

More than 1,000 people walked out of Harvard University’s commencement ceremony on May 23 in protest of the school’s decision not to award diplomas to 13...

Richard Sherman (Greg Hernandez/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)

Richard Sherman, Jewish-American tunesmith behind Disney classics, dies

Songwriter Richard M. Sherman, who along with his late brother Robert crafted the  melodies for Disney cinematic gems such as “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang...

Jerry Seinfeld appears at Duke University in Durham, NC, as he received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address, May 12, 2024. (Screenshot from livestream via JTA)

Jerry Seinfeld faces down boos, wins the crowd at Duke

As Duke University’s president introduced the commencement speaker, two cries rang out: first, loud boos — but then, a joyous chant of “Jerry! Jerry!”

Israel supporters held a rally at UCLA Sunday, April 28, 2024, just yards from a pro-Palestinian encampment. (Michael Marom)

At UCLA, pro-Israel counterdemonstration turns violent

For the past couple of days, Eli Tsives has watched a video of himself spread online. It shows him trying to enter his campus, the University of California, Los Angeles,...

Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania have announced steps to fight anti-Semitism after weeks of turmoil on their campuses and others.(Wikimedia, David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images, Columbia University. Design by Jackie Hajdenberg)

Oct. 7 has affected students’ college selection

An overwhelming majority of Jewish parents of high school juniors and seniors say the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and its aftermath have affected which college their child...

The late Sen. Joe Lieberman in his moment of glory after he was nominated for vice-president on the Democratic ticket in 2000. He and Al Gore lost in a razor-close election to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that was ultimately resolved by the US Supreme Court. (IJN file photo)

Lieberman retrospective: Wisdom in & out of politics

One of the perks of a career in journalism is meeting people of prominence. And, I like to tell people, one of the downsides of a career in journalism is […]

Joe Lieberman at a campaign rally in New Hampshire in October, 2000. (Darren McCollester/Newsmakers/Getty)

Joe Lieberman, centrist senator, first Jew on a major presidential ticket, dies

Joseph Lieberman, a longtime senator from Connecticut who as Al Gore’s running mate in 2000 became the first Jewish member of a major presidential ticket, died...

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN, at the UN Security Council. (JNS)

UN resolution imperiled hostage negotiations, Jewish leaders say

“Hamas’ stance clearly demonstrates its utter disinterest in a negotiated deal and attests to the damage done by the UN Security Council’s resolution,” Israeli...

Sen. Chuck Schumer and PM Netanyahu in better times, meeting in Jerusalem Feb 23, 2021. (Amos Ben-Gershom/Israel GPO)

Schumer castigates Israel

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “lost his way,” urged new elections in Israel, called for a two-state solution and...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured in February. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

Biden & Bibi: Appeals in vain?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downplayed differences between him and President Joe Biden on Monday, saying they “agree” on the goals of the war, while...