Tag: The New York Times

Sam Bloch, a leader of the Holocaust survivor community, dies at 94

(JTA) — Sam Bloch, a Holocaust survivor who committed much of his life to ensuring that the murder of millions of Jews would not be denied and the lives they led would not be forgotten, has died.

Bloch, who was an executive of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for 50 years, died Sunday. He was 94.

He was one of the principal organizers of historic survivor gatherings in Jerusalem, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. The New York Times published a lengthy article about Bloch and his family in 1981 as they prepared to attend the World…

Democrats raise objections to a Trump nominee. His fight against BDS isn’t one of them.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Kenneth Marcus has worked for years inside and outside government to advocate for civil liberties. He has also been involved for years in Jewish community advocacy.

Now Marcus, the founder and president of the Louis S. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, is up for a prestigious job at the Department of Education — assistant secretary for civil rights. On Thursday, the Senate Health and Education Committee approved Marcus along party lines, and now his nomination goes to the full Senate.

In recent weeks, my inbox has been cluttered with statements pushing a…

Harvey Weinstein slapped in the face at Scottsdale, Arizona restaurant

(JTA) — Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was slapped in the face by a stranger at a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona, in an incident captured on video.

TMZ first reported the incident on Wednesday.

The video shows Weinstein in a gray T-shirt wearing a black ski cap being ushered out of the Elements restaurant at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort while a man named Steve, who told TMZ that he had “quite a bit to drink,” is seen slapping him in the face twice and calling him a “piece of s***.”

Steve, who said he loves Weinstein’s movies, reportedly had asked…

Jared Kushner’s family business reportedly still making financial deals with Israeli companies

(JTA) — The family real estate business of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly has continued to make large financial deals with Israeli companies and businesspeople.

Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of President Donald Trump, resigned as chief executive officer of Kushner Companies in January 2017 before taking up his White House post, but still has a stake in the family business.

In May, shortly before Trump’s visit to Israel, the first diplomatic trip of his presidency, Kushner Companies received a $3 million investment from the Israeli insurer Menora Mivtachim, one of the country’s largest financial institutions, The New…

Report: Egypt asked talk show hosts to downplay Trump’s Jerusalem decision

(JTA) — An Egyptian intelligence officer asked influential talk show hosts in the country to downplay the significance of President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi said in the phone calls that Egypt would denounce the decision in public to keep it in line with the other Arab countries, but that problems with Israel were not in Egypt’s national interest, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing four audio recordings of Kholi’s conversations with influential media personalities in Egypt.

Kholi reportedly told the hosts that instead of condemning Trump’s decision, they should persuade…