Tag: The New York Times

Israel condemns North Korea nuclear test

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  Israel condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea calling it a continuation of the country’s “pattern of defiant activity.”

North Korea carried out the underground test on Sunday, later claiming that it had set off a hydrogen bomb. The explosion was felt in South Korea and China, making it the most powerful bomb that North Korea has ever set off.

“North Korea must comply with all Security Council resolutions on this issue and refrain from testing and developing weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement…

Reform movement joins health advocacy groups in urging rejection of Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reform movement joined an array of health advocacy groups in urging the U.S. Senate to reject a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama presidency health care reform legislation.

“Every U.S. Senator should vote no on health care repeal,” said the full-page ad appearing Monday in The New York Times signed by 28 groups.

The majority of groups were major health care advocacy organizations, including the Cancer Advocacy Network, the March of Dimes, the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Union for Reform Judaism was among…

Jewish athlete barred from 1936 Berlin Olympics dies at 103

(JTA) — Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York at 103.

Her niece, Doris Bergman, confirmed that Lambert died Tuesday, The New York Times reported.

In June 1936, just a month before the Olympics, Lambert, then a German citizen known as Gretel (short for “Margarethe”) Bergmann, won a meet against some of the best German high jumpers with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inches — a height tying a German record and good enough to win the top spot on the Olympic team.

Michael Oren rejects report of Israeli nuclear ‘doomsday’ plan for Six-Day War

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli government minister Michael Oren, a former ambassador to the United States, rejected a report that Israel was prepared to detonate a nuclear bomb in the Sinai Peninsula if necessary to win the Six-Day War with its Arab neighbors.

The New York Times published a report Saturday about the existence of the “doomsday” plan, based on an interview by leading Israeli nuclear scholar Avner Cohen with retired IDF Brig.-Gen. Itzhak Yaakov, who claims to have created the plan for the Jewish state.

Yaakov, who oversaw weapons development for the Israeli military, detailed the plan to Cohen in…

Jared Kushner: What you need to know about the scandal engulfing Donald Trump’s son-in-law

(JTA) — Jared Kushner was once hailed as the key to Donald Trump’s surprise election victory.

Now Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser is at the center of the biggest controversy plaguing the administration: its ties to Russia.

Kushner is facing heat following reports of two meetings with figures close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democrats say his White House role should be diminished. Republicans, most crucially his father-in-law, are backing him up.

Confronting scandal — and overcoming it — is nothing new for the real-estate scion turned presidential aide.

Kushner is an observant Jew and, like JTA, he’ll likely…