Month: September 2017

Cornell and Israel’s Technion institute open high-tech campus in NY

The Cornell Tech campus is located on Roosevelt Island in New York. (Iwan Baan)

By Josefin Dolsten

NEW YORK (JTA) — A high-tech teaching and research center born of a collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology inaugurated its newly built campus on Roosevelt Island.

Over 500 people were present for the inauguration Wednesday morning of Cornell Tech and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cornell University President Martha Pollack and Technion Institute President Peretz Lavie.

“Today we take a bold step in the tech…

Is Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen Jewish?

Tarik Cohen playing in the Chicago Bears’ season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, Sept. 10, 2017. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — Since Jewish star player Julian Edelman is out for the entire 2017-18 NFL season after tearing his ACL, Jewish football fans may be looking for a new player to root for.

On Sunday, during the league’s first full slate of games, a possible candidate emerged: Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen.

Cohen, a rookie who was drafted…

Neo-Nazis plan to march near Swedish synagogue on Yom Kippur

Nordic Resistance Movement sympathizers participating in an anti-immigrant demonstration in central Stockholm, Nov. 12, 2016. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

by Josefin Dolsten

(JTA) — Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg are bracing for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the city’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur.

Community leaders said they will appeal a police decision last week that would allow the Nordic Resistance Movement to march during the Gothenburg Book Fair, when some 100,000 people will gather in the city for the largest literary festival in Scandinavia.

The police had denied the far-right group’s initial request to march on…

The left has an Israel problem. Does that mean colleges have an anti-Semitism problem?

The Tufts University campus in Medford, Mass., is pictured on Aug. 31, 2017. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

 (JTA) — Last week JTA reported a story about an alternative students’ guide published by student activists at Tufts University that labels Israel a white supremacist state. The so-called “disorientation guide” also reduced the university’s Hillel to a “Zionist” organization that offers nothing of value to the private campus’s diversity or culture.

The authors of the guide might deny that, of course. But what else do you make of a guide to campus…

Meet Mike Tolkin, the Jewish millennial running for NYC mayor

NEW YORK (JTA) — Mike Tolkin apologizes for checking his phone as he sits down at a café in this city’s Flatiron district.

The 32-year-old Democratic New York mayoral hopeful was waiting to hear Tuesday whether he would be allowed to participate in the final primary debate the following day, which would boost his exposure amid an otherwise quiet campaign.

Tolkin, a technology entrepreneur and the youngest candidate on the party’s ballot to challenge incumbent Bill de Blasio, had not met the threshold necessary to qualify for matching funds from the city’s Campaign Finance Board, a requirement to participate in…