Month: June 2018

David Blatt to Coach Greek Basketball Team

(JTA) — American-Israeli basketball coach David Blatt has signed a two-year deal to coach a Greek team amid rumors that he would return to the NBA.

Blatt, 59, signed Wednesday with Olympiacos Piraeus for a reported $1.8 million. He coached Darussafaka Istanbul for the past two years.

In April, Blatt reportedly was interviewed for the head coaching job with the NBA’s New York Knicks, but did not get the post.

He was fired in 2016 by the Cleveland Cavaliers after leading the club, powered by the return of superstar LeBron James to his…

Prince William Places Note In and Prays at Western Wall During Jerusalem Visit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

The prince wore a blue kippah to the site on Thursday morning, the last day of his three-day visit to Israel.

“May the God of peace bless this region and all the world with peace,” he wrote in the Western Wall guestbook at the end of his visit, which was livestreamed on the Western Wall’s official Facebook page. He was accompanied by British…

They Tried to Take Judaism Out of Synagogue Spaces. Now They’re Coming Back to Them.

Rabbi Dan Ain is taking a synagogue pulpit in San Francisco after a decade of creating Jewish programming outside of a synagogue space in New York City. (Courtesy of Ain)

NEW YORK (JTA) — For 10 years, Rabbi Dan Ain has tried to take Judaism out of the synagogue.

He’s convened Friday night prayers in auditoriums with musicians like Matisyahu and Lisa Loeb. He’s held Rosh Hashanah services in a bowling alley/concert venue.…

Ivanka Trump Gave $50,000 to Help Migrant Kids, Texas Church Says

(JTA) — A church said that Ivanka Trump donated $50,000 to its campaign to help migrant children separated from their families along the border.

Last week, Ivanka Trump reached out to the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, after hearing about its efforts to help kids separated at the border through a tweet by its pastor, Jack Graham, the church said in a statement.

Graham praised the president’s Jewish daughter and adviser in the statement.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Ivanka Trump a number of times over the last year, and I’ve…

Michael Bloomberg Reportedly Considering Run for President in 2020

(JTA) — Billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg is considering running for president in 2020, CBS News reported, citing a source close to the former New York City mayor.

Bloomberg regrets that he did not stay in the 2016 race because he believes he could have won or prevented Donald Trump from winning, CBS reported Wednesday. The three-term mayor, now 76, also considered runs for the presidency in 2008 and 2012.

A political independent, Bloomberg endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections, calling Trump a “risky, reckless and radical choice.” He has criticized the president…