Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress today. Here’s what to know and how to watch.
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by Ben Sales
30m ago
This afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., more than nine months into the Israel-Hamas war and at a time of political uncertainty in both the United States and Israel. The speech is also taking place as intense talks continue over a deal that would pause the fighting for at least six weeks in exchange for the release of some of the hostages held by Hamas. Netanyahu will deliver the address at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and it will be streamed on C-SPAN as well as major networks and news sites. Netanya ..read more
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Israel will compete in Olympic soccer today for the first time in 48 years
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by Jacob Gurvis
30m ago
On Wednesday, for the first time since 1976, Israel will return to Olympic soccer as it takes on Mali in its first match at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Israel earned its spot in the 16-team Olympic tournament at last summer’s UEFA European U-21 Championship, where the country made it to the semifinals.  The under-21 team’s success in July 2023 followed a strong showing by Israel’s under-20 team, which had a third-place Cinderella finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina the month prior.  “Soccer in Israel is improving, we have a good generation, and the people understand what we c ..read more
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After uncertainty, Benjamin Netanyahu secures meetings with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Donald Trump
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by Ron Kampeas
15h ago
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former President Donald Trump will meet on Friday at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate, a day after Netanyahu meets with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Netanyahu has been scrambling for the meetings, and the photo opportunities each would bring, with the current president as well as with Harris and Trump, who are all but certain to face each other in the November election. The meetings will come after his address to Congress on Wednesday, and as he strives to project a confident image at home amid war and ..read more
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Mark Kelly, a potential Harris VP pick, has a Jewish spouse with a striking story: Gabby Giffords
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by Ron Kampeas
15h ago
WASHINGTON — Gabrielle Giffords is known for breaking barriers. But the former congresswoman may soon be in a position to continue a tradition: Jewish spouse to a vice president. That’s because Giffords, who is out front about her Jewish identity, is married to Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, a leading contender to be Kamala Harris’ running mate. If Kelly gets the nomination and wins office, Giffords would succeed Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, as the second consecutive Jewish spouse in the vice presidential residence. Kelly’s selection would also mark the first major party ticket in history where bot ..read more
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The Borscht Belt Festival, honoring the Jewish Catskills, is bigger and broader this year
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by Julia Gergely
15h ago
The second annual Borscht Belt Fest, featuring comedy, food, music and storytelling, will take place July 26-28 in the Catskills. Organized by the Borscht Belt Museum in Ellenville, New York, this year’s festival will be “bigger and better” than last year, according to Andrew Jacobs, one of the festival’s organizers and the president of the museum’s board of trustees.  The three-day festival will celebrate the history and culture of the Borscht Belt, the colloquial name for the Catskills region of upstate New York where many mid-20th century Jewish families flocked for summer vacations at ..read more
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Here’s why Jews are excited — and nervous — about a Democratic ticket that could include another Jew
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by Andrew Silow-Carroll
18h ago
In a 1974 novel by the Jewish writer Wallace Markfield, a character quips, “The time is at hand when the wearing of prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House — unless, of course, the man is Jewish.”   The joke sounded about right until 2000, when Al Gore picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate, making the Connecticut senator the first Jew on a major party’s presidential ticket. Suddenly the country could very well imagine a Jew in the White House — and only a few hundred ballots in Florida kept it from happening.  Fast forward 24 years, and Kamala Harris ..read more
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Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Jewish governor, could be Kamala Harris’ VP pick
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by Ben Sales
18h ago
When Josh Shapiro was sworn in last year on a stack of three Hebrew Bibles, he became the third Jewish governor in Pennsylvania’s history.  Now, the Jewish day school graduate might become the second Jew ever nominated for vice president by a major party.  Shapiro, 51, a Democrat who projects a clean-cut image and has gained a local reputation as a moderate, is reportedly one of two leading contenders on Kamala Harris’ shortlist of potential running mates. The other presumed finalist is Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, whose wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, is Jewish. If Shapiro is selected ..read more
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How Gabrielle Zevin’s ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ became an unlikely lightning rod in literary fights over the Israel-Hamas war
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by Andrew Lapin
18h ago
“Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow,” Gabrielle Zevin’s novel about video game designers, has dominated the bestseller list for two years and was recently chosen as one of the New York Times’ best 100 books of the 21st century. But for months Zevin, an author of Jewish and Korean descent with nine other books under her belt, has been grabbing headlines for an unrelated reason: accusations from pro-Palestinian corners of the literary world that she is a “Zionist” and therefore, that her works are worthy of boycott. Zevin has never publicized any of her views on Israel. But she has become ..read more
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This British Jew is taking aim at youth unemployment — one entrepreneur at a time
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by Larry Luxner
21h ago
When Joshua Okot was a 15-year-old high school student in the northern Ugandan city of Lira, he had an experience that sparked a passion for entrepreneurialism and wound up changing his life. For two years, Okot was part of an innovative program designed to help teenagers acquire life and work skills through developing youth-led businesses. He and his classmates met regularly with a mentor who visited from the Ugandan capital of Kampala, advancing their businesses projects while learning communication, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, creativity and other practical skills. Okot went on t ..read more
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Netanyahu meets with hostage families in DC as pressure mounts for a deal
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by Philissa Cramer
23h ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington, D.C. with families of Israeli hostages, one of his first stops on a highly anticipated trip to the United States and a sign of how much focus is being placed on talks over a hostage release and ceasefire deal. According to a report about the Monday meeting provided by a group representing the families, the families urged Netanyahu to mention the eight Americans still held hostage in Gaza during his speech to Congress on Wednesday. They also told him that they expect him to announce a deal that would return the hostages in exchange fo ..read more
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