Tag: New York

Former JTA president tapped for US Treasury post

NEW YORK (JTA) — David Eisner, the immediate past president of JTA and its parent organization, 70 Faces Media, has been tapped to serve as assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for management.

In his new post, Eisner will be overseeing operations at the department.

In addition to serving at 70 Faces Media, Eisner is the past president of the Jewish Education Project and the current president of Ohr Torah Institutions of Israel, the educational network founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. He is also involved with several pro-Israel causes, including the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

“We welcome…

Lawsuit pits Jewish fundraiser against Jewish lobbyist over Qatar and leaked emails

(JTA) — Elliot Broidy, a major Jewish Republican donor and top fundraiser, has sued the government of Qatar and a Jewish lobbyist on its behalf for hacking and leaking his and his wife’s email accounts.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in California alleges that the emails were leaked to show that Broidy is using his relationship with elected Republicans to influence policy decisions. Broidy also accuses Nicolas Muzin, whose lobbying firm Stonington Strategies has a $300,000 monthly contract with the government of Qatar, of working to discredit Broidy’s attempt to “educate the American people about Qatar,” Reuters reported.

The hacked…

NYPD letter about wanted pedophile presented in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A convicted pedophile from New York is wanted in the city for another alleged offense, according to a document issued by the New York Police Department that was presented in an Israeli court.

The document was presented Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Jerusalem District Court for a libel suit filed by the convicted pedophile, Yona Weinberg, against Rabbi Yanky Horowitz, an anti-abuse activist from Monsey, New York.

According to the police document dated March 7,  Weinberg’s move to Israel in 2014 with his wife and young children has prevented him from being arrested and charged with…

Jewish day schools across the country join walkouts demanding action on gun violence

NEW YORK (JTA) — Students at Jewish day schools offered prayers, lit candles and demanded change as part of a nationwide student walkout calling for gun reform in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Students around the country walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. Wednesday to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation and to honor the lives of the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. The national walkouts come a week before the March for Our Lives, a protest organized by Parkland students in…

A new study for cancer risk in Ashkenazi Jews aims to be a model for genetic testing

NEW YORK (JTA) — A new study will provide free testing for three mutations that substantially increase the risk for developing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer among people with Eastern European Jewish ancestry.

The BRCA Founder Outreach Study (BFOR), which was launched last week, will test 4,000 men and women in four U.S. cities — New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston — for mutations in the BRCA gene that are more common among those with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Those who test positive for one of the mutations or who have a family history of BRCA-related cancers will receive genetic…