JTA’s 10 most-read stories of 2016

  • 16 Top Reads JTA
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, or JTA, is one of the wire services (like Reuters) which SA Jewish Report subscribes to. It is the largest Jewish news service globally. They are US-based and tend to cover Israeli and American Jewish news, views and politics, with a smattering of World Jewish News.
by ANT KATZ with GABE FRIEDMAN | Jan 03, 2017

“Jewish 2016 was a particularly captivating chapter in the Jewish story,” wrote Gabe Friedman in his introduction to Top-Ten JTA stories of the year. The year was marked by the unexpected rise of Donald Trump, he says, which “frightened some Jews and emboldened others.”

Gabe also refers to the numerous leading historical Jewish figures who died in the year, “and the US-Israel relationship repeatedly made headlines.”

JTA Top ReadsAnd, as always, 2016 was chock-a-block full of random, bizarre and inspiring Jewish moments.

The list below are the ten most-read stories on JTA’s website in 2016, followed by a picture illustrating four of them – and, finally, a nog-a-pip of the three that just didn’t make the list – numbers eleven to thirteen.

The Top-Ten are in no particular order and range from an account of a Jewish transgender man becoming a father, to Kirk Douglas’ 100th birthday party to a side-by-side comparison of the presidential candidates’ Jewish sons-in-law.


JTA's Top-Ten list...


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 16 Top Reads JTA

ABOVE: Clockwise, from top left: Yisrael Kristal, the world’s oldest man; transgender man Rafi Daugherty; Kim Kardashian; Dustin Hoffman tearing up on “Finding Your Roots.”


And now, the special bonus round: The three articles didn’t get quite as many page views — but the JTA audience spent a considerable amount of time reading them:


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