Jewish Journal


Jeffrey Hensiek

  • Preview of “Seinfeld: The Apartment”

    December 15, 2015 | 1:44 pm

  • Paris rabbi following raid: Terrorists will not affect Jewish life here

    November 18, 2015 | 11:03 am

    The presence of terrorists in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis will not affect the daily life of the Jewish community there, the head of the local Chabad center said.

    Following a raid Wednesday that ended with the death of two suspected terrorists in the poor and heavily Muslim...

  • Remembering Rabbi Jacob Pressman

    October 1, 2015 | 4:28 pm

  • Remembering Sept. 11

    September 11, 2015 | 10:57 am

  • Israelis turn vegan

    July 21, 2015 | 2:10 pm

  • Charleston shooting vigil in Los Angeles

    June 19, 2015 | 11:49 am

  • Kibbutz Revival

    June 2, 2015 | 1:28 pm

  • Netanyahu warns an Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    March 2, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel's survival and insisted he had a "moral obligation" to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue.

  • Portraits: Survivors of the Holocaust

    January 27, 2015 | 2:11 pm

  • Oil Spill in Israel

    December 10, 2014 | 4:02 pm

  • Rioting in Ferguson

    November 25, 2014 | 11:05 am

  • Students get a history lesson on Zev Yaroslavsky’s contributions to Soviet Jewry

    November 24, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    Last week, the power elite of Los Angeles gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall to pay homage to retiring L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Children sang. Cellists performed. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminded the thousand or so friends of Yaroslavsky who assembled...

  • Remembering Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 | 11:05 am

  • U.S.-born rabbis – slain in Israel – praised

    November 18, 2014 | 4:14 pm

    Family and friends remembered three U.S.-born rabbis slain in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, praising one as the scion of his Boston family's rabbinical dynasty and another as "one of the kindest souls" in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

    As tributes poured in, about 40...

  • Palestinian analyst: ‘Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood one in the same’

    November 17, 2014 | 11:44 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite the formation of a national consensus government, Hamas has not only failed to reconcile with Fatah, but the Islamist group is also beset by an internal rift between a majority who follow the agenda of the Muslim...

  • Temple Mount Violence

    November 7, 2014 | 1:58 pm

  • Israel prepares to fight Ebola in West Africa

    October 14, 2014 | 9:23 am

    Even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new measures on Oct. 12 to screen for Ebola cases at Israel’s points of entry, officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Health had worked over the weekend to put in place an emergency response program to...

  • Eyes open and eyes shut: A pre-High Holy Days meditation

    September 4, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Paul Gaugin, the famous 19th-century French artist, commented: “When I want to see clearly, I shut my eyes.”

    He was referring to two different ways of perceiving reality. With our eyes open, we see surface reality — size, shape, color, etc. But with our eyes shut, we contemplate...

  • Gaza war leaves Israeli border villages seething with anger

    September 4, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Israelis living on the Gaza border have warily returned home after fleeing mortar and rocket fire during a seven-week war but they are angry with the government and fear it is just a matter of time before their villages are targeted again.

    An open-ended ceasefire nine days ago...

  • Obama: Using all resources to get to cease-fire

    July 17, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    President Obama said his administration is using all its resources to arrive at a cease-fire in the Gaza conflict and again upheld Israel’s right to self-defense.

    “As I’ve said repeatedly, Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks that terrorize the Israeli people,”...

  • Beating of Palestinian-American teen another black eye for Israel

    July 8, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    For Israelis, the enduring image of the past few weeks may be the montage of the three Israeli teens murdered last month after being abducted from a hitchhiking post in the West Bank.

    But another enduring image has emerged in the last few days that is unlikely to garner much...

  • Jewish Federations express grief and outrage over deaths of kidnapped students in Israel

    June 30, 2014 | 11:34 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America and the worldwide Jewish community joined with the State of Israel today in grief and horror following the announcement of the tragic deaths of  Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar.

    Michael Siegal, Chair of the Jewish Federations...

  • What do Rick Perry, Sean Penn, Sheldon Adelson and Chris Christie have in common?

    May 19, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    The last time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at a venue attended by Sheldon Adelson, he alienated the Republican Party mega-donor and other hawkish pro-Israel Jews by referring to the West Bank as “the occupied territories.”

    Sunday night at a gala awards program in...

  • Echoes of Greenberg: Tigers roaring with Jewish duo Ausmus and Kinsler

    May 19, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The rarity arose in the initial meeting of first-year Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and his second baseman Ian Kinsler, newly traded from the Texas Rangers: a Jewish player reporting to a Jewish manager.

    Ausmus was “raised the same way I was,” Kinsler learned, with one...

  • Israeli men have world’s fourth-highest life expectancy

    May 16, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    Israeli men have the fourth-highest life expectancy of any nationality, according to a new analysis by the World Health Organization.

    Israeli males born in 2012 can expect, on average, to live slightly longer than 80 years, according to the WHO’s World Health Statistics 2014...

  • Presidents Conference rejects J Street membership bid

    April 30, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    J Street failed to gain admission to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The vote of conference members Wednesday was 17 in favor, 22 against and three abstentions, according to four sources.

    J Street needed a two-thirds majority of the entire...

  • Visiting Ukraine in 2009

    April 14, 2014 | 1:00 pm

  • Sen. Feinstein says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

    March 11, 2014 | 10:59 am

    A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the...

  • Anti-Semitism in America: Down, but not out

    February 18, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    When Abraham Foxman steps down next summer from his longtime post as national director of the Anti-Defamation League, he’ll be leaving his successor with a much brighter picture on anti-Semitism in America than when Foxman joined the organization in 1965.

    In an age when...

  • New Year’s Eve Los Angeles 2014

    December 24, 2013 | 2:02 pm

  • VIDEO: Chanukah at the White House 2013

    December 6, 2013 | 2:40 pm

  • Watch: Russell Crowe in ‘Noah’ trailer

    November 15, 2013 | 10:44 am

    And now, after a tidal wave of buzz, something that will really float your boat (and provide us with the opportunity to make lots of terrible puns): the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”

    The biblical film looks exactly as epic as you’d expect, sort of like “Braveheart” but...

  • Azeri Food

    November 5, 2013 | 12:35 pm

  • Let Yasiel Puig have his fun

    October 15, 2013 | 2:26 pm

  • About

    October 3, 2013 | 12:22 pm

  • The artwork of Will Deutsch

    October 2, 2013 | 11:59 am

  • Crossword Puzzle Answers: Sept. 27, 2013

    September 27, 2013 | 1:35 pm

  • Sukkot celebration goes global [Photos]

    September 23, 2013 | 3:25 pm

  • ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass engaged to Michael Turchin

    September 3, 2013 | 9:49 am

    It’s been a pretty good few days for Lance Bass. First, there was the ‘N Sync reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards, and then, over the weekend, he proposed to boyfriend Michael Turchin.

    “He said YES!! Love this man,” read Bass’ caption on an Instagram photo he posted Sunday that...

  • Watch: Snoop Lion helps Larry King become ‘first’ Jewish rapper

    July 18, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    CNN star Larry King wants to become the first ever Jewish rapper, and he’s enlisted the assistance of none other than rhyming veteran Snoop Dogg Lion.

    While Snoop didn’t break the news to King that artists like the Beastie Boys and Drake have already beaten him to it, he did do a...

  • Lakers welcome back Jordan Farmar

    July 18, 2013 | 10:34 am

    The Lakers brought back a familiar face in (Jewish) veteran guard Jordan Farmar on Wednesday. Farmar had a bench role with the Lakers from 2006-2010 where he averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 assists per game. From the Lakers' press release:

    EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have...

  • Israeli model Bar Paly

    June 2, 2013 | 4:57 pm

  • Oklahoma tornado aftermath

    May 21, 2013 | 11:18 am

  • Two Palestinians end hunger strike that fueled protests

    February 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Two Palestinian prisoners whose hunger strike stoked clashes in the West Bank have ended their protest after Israel agreed to release them in May, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

    The men were among four prisoners held without formal charge in an Israeli jail who have...

  • Purim in Israel

    February 10, 2013 | 9:47 am

  • DC Jews react on Obama inauguration, honor MLK with service

    January 22, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Monday’s 57th Presidential Inauguration officially sent off Barack Obama into a second term as America’s 44th President and the country’s first African American commander-in-chief. After being formally sworn in Sunday at the White House, Obama gave his inaugural address to about...

  • Celebrity Round-Up

    January 12, 2013 | 3:53 pm

  • Snow in Israel

    January 9, 2013 | 12:25 pm

  • Diamonds in Israel

    December 31, 2012 | 11:01 pm

  • Jews and the Golden Globes

    December 20, 2012 | 10:46 am

  • Is there a place in religious life for marijuana? Ask Yoseph Needelman

    December 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    After graduating from a Modern Orthodox high school in New York, 30-year-old author Yoseph Needelman moved to Jerusalem to explore the use of marijuana in Jewish tradition. For eight years he bounced around religious institutions, interviewing spiritual leaders to find out if there...

  • Violence in Congo

    December 4, 2012 | 8:53 am

  • Meir Soloveichik vs. David Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies

    September 6, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis.

    The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a...

  • High Holy Days: STREET SHOFAR

    September 6, 2012 | 12:10 pm

  • South African university distances itself from student boycott of Israel

    September 4, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Witwatersrand University in South Africa has distanced itself from a student association decision to boycott Israel.

    In a statement released Monday, the university said that it does not share the initiative of the Wits Student Representative Council, adopted Aug. 31, which calls...

  • VIDEO: CA on Purim

    March 6, 2012 | 1:46 pm

  • Snagging bargains for shalach manot

    March 2, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    Falling between the giving season of Chanukah and the getting season of tax refunds, Purim time finds households like mine searching for ways to keep holiday expenses down to earth without losing the mirth.

    What with the cost of fancy, professionally made kosher shalach manot (from...

  • Settler leader visits Tel Aviv tent city

    August 9, 2011 | 10:49 am

    The chairman of the main settler organization visited the tent city in Tel Aviv to express solidarity.

    Danny Dayan, chairman of the Yesha Council, met Tuesday with the leaders of the housing protest. He was joined by the heads of two West Bank municipalities.

    “This protest has...

  • Flotilla activists sent packing from Israel

    July 20, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    The activists aboard the lone Gaza-bound flotilla ship intercepted by Israel were deported.

    Some 15 activists, journalists and crew members were deported throughout the day Wednesday, a day after the French-flagged Dignity al-Karama was boarded by Israeli commandos near Gaza waters...

  • Palestinians reject violence but favor one state

    July 18, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    Palestinians favor negotiations and nonviolent means but still do not accept Israel’s legitimacy, a poll showed.

    The Israel Project poll to be released Tuesday showed that a substantial majority of Palestinians see a two-state solution as a step toward a one-state solution and not...

  • Poland’s president asks for forgiveness at Jedwabne memorial

    July 11, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski asked for forgiveness at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Jedwabne massacre.

    Sunday’s ceremony marked the 1941 pogrom in the Polish town where at least 340 Jews were murdered. Most were burned to death in a barn.

    “Today, Poland...

  • Quartet to convene in DC on Monday

    July 8, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    The “Quartet” of entities guiding the Israeli-Arab peace processes is meeting next week amid signs that the Obama administration is pressing the Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.

    Representatives of the “Quartet,” comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union...

  • Israeli expats flocking to Berlin for the culture and the passport

    July 5, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Aviv Russ stands behind a console with his headphones on and speaks into a large microphone.

    “We’re here: ‘Kol Berlin,’ the German-Israeli radio program. Shabbat shalom!” says Russ, 34, an Israeli expatriate.

    Russ has been on the radio in Berlin nearly every Friday for about...

  • In Buenos Aires, a mayor facing a Jewish challenger taps a rabbi to lead his party’s list

    June 13, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    Rabbi Sergio Bergman, already one of Buenos Aires’ most prominent spiritual leaders, has become one of the Argentine capital’s most highly visible political candidates.

    Bergman was tapped by the city’s incumbent mayor, Mauricio Macri, to lead his PRO party’s list for the...

  • AIPAC chief: Obama should not be even-handed toward Israel and Palestinians

    May 23, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr said Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama should not take an even-handed approach to the Middle East conflict, as it puts Israel at a disadvantage.

    “Part of being an honest broker is being honest,” Kohr said in an address to AIPAC, a day...

  • AIPAC, Lag B’Omer and discrimination in Israel

    May 20, 2011 | 11:31 am

    This coming weekend, there will be two major events in the Jewish world, each representing a unique perspective on Israel and Judaism.

    In Washington, D.C., thousands of American Jews will gather for the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. This year’s conference comes at an...

  • Israel watching closely as Obama addresses the Mideast

    May 19, 2011 | 11:39 am

    See reaction to Obama’s speech here and the full text of the speech here.

    President Obama’s advisers have said time and again that the major speech he is to deliver Thursday will not be about Israel, but about the Middle East.

    Jewish groups must wait until Friday, when Obama...

  • Demjanjuk conviction: Better late than never?

    May 17, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    The best thing about last week’s conviction in Germany of Sobibor guard John Demjanjuk is that the case works from the bottom up. The low-level functionary was brought to justice. 

    The worst thing is that for every major war criminal such as Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering or Adolf...

  • Coen brothers have bone to pick with Israel boycotters

    May 16, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Popular filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said during a visit to Israel that they do not agree with artists who boycott the Jewish state.

    Asked during a news conference about music and film artists who boycott Israel over its policies regarding the Palestinians, Ethan Coen said it was...

  • U.S. officials: DNA evidence proves Osama bin Laden is dead

    May 2, 2011 | 11:41 am

    DNA evidence has proven with 99.9 percent confidence that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead, two officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said Monday.

    The officials did not immediately say where or how the testing was done but the test explains why Obama was...

  • Mitt Romney, John Thune make pitch to Jewish Republicans at RJC bash

    April 5, 2011 | 10:40 am

    At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s winter leadership retreat here, it was the absence of certain likely candidates for president that had the crowd most excited.

    While names like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann generate enthusiasm at some other conservative gatherings, their...

  • My two moms

    March 16, 2011 | 1:35 pm

    I was made by my mom and a donor. A donor is someone who will give up something they have, specifically medical, for someone else who needs it; in this case, my mom needed sperm to make me. Canterbury Elementary was my school, and that was the place where it all started. In the first...

  • Calling Moses

    March 8, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Jewish tradition instructs that young children should begin their Jewish education by studying the book of Leviticus. Even a cursory reading of the blood and gore that make up the sacrificial rites described in the third book of the Torah would lead most teachers to conclude that...

  • Report: Rebels reject Gadhafi’s offer for deal to step down

    March 7, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    Al Jazeera television said Libyan rebels rejected an offer by Muammar Gadhafi on Monday to hold a parliament meeting to work out a deal under which he would step down.

    Al Jazeera said sources from the rebel interim council told its correspondent in Benghazi that the offer was rejected because it would have amounted to an “honorable” exit for Gadhafi and would offend his victims.

    According to the report, Gadhafi wanted guarantees of personal safety for him and his family as well as a pledge that they not be put on trial.

  • Iran protests Olympic logo

    February 28, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Iran is protesting the logo for the 2012 Olympic Games, saying it spells the word “Zion.”

    Mohammad Aliabadi, head of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, accused the British Olympic organizers of “racism” in a letter to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, the...

  • Retrial ordered in Md. case held on Shavuot

    February 28, 2011 | 11:39 am

    An Orthodox Jewish plaintiff in a medical malpractice trial will be allowed a retrial after he missed part of the trial for a religious holiday.

    The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 24 that by not rescheduling the court date so that Alexander Neustadter could appear, his...

  • When is National Hug a Jew Day?

    February 1, 2011 | 1:28 pm

  • Israel must grant entry to asylum seekers

    January 26, 2011 | 11:03 am

    In 1939, sailing from Hamburg, Germany, 938 refugee Jews boarded the St. Louis to flee the Third Reich. They were destined for Cuba. We all know the end of this story. Anti-Semitism and xenophobia prevailed in Cuba; efforts were made for the St. Louis to divert to the United States,...

  • Ehud Barak splits from Labor Party, to form new movement

    January 17, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has split from the Labor Party, which he serves as chairman, and will form a new party.

    Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor...

  • Partial victory in New Zealand in fight over shechitah ban

    November 30, 2010 | 11:30 am

    A controversial ban on kosher slaughter by New Zealand’s agriculture minister has been partially reversed amid allegations that his decision was taken to appease Muslim countries that have lucrative trade relations with New Zealand.

    The reversal marked only a partial victory for the...

  • In Special Sports League, everyone’s an All-Star

    November 23, 2010 | 1:03 pm

    With music echoing through the gymnasium at the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills, the crowd rose to their feet as the names of the Special Sports League All Stars were called out over the loudspeakers. More than 30 players got a moment in the spotlight as L.A....

  • Avarice, murder, love and lunacy

    November 23, 2010 | 10:38 am

    The holiday season is prime movie-going time, with many new films slated to open. Outstanding performances by stellar actors abound, and some hold the promise of Oscar worthiness. Among the notable productions are two films based on real-life events full of excitement and intrigue....

  • ADL calls on Safed rabbi to reverse ruling on Arabs

    November 5, 2010 | 11:24 am

    The Anti-Defamation League called on an Israeli rabbi to reverse a ruling it linked to threats to a Jewish landlord who rented to Arabs.

    “All citizens of the State of Israel, according to the law, have equal rights including renting apartments,” the ADL said in a statement....

  • Canada hosts 2nd lawmakers confab on anti-Semitism

    November 5, 2010 | 11:22 am

    Canada is hosting the second gathering of the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism.

    The meeting will be held in Ottawa from Nov. 7-9. Hannah Rosenthal, the top U.S. official monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, will participate.

    The first gathering of the...

  • Pro-Israel rally held in Frankfurt

    November 5, 2010 | 11:16 am

    A recent pro-Israel rally in Frankfurt should be the first of many, the head of Germany’s Jewish community said.

    Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, who attended the Oct. 31 pro-Israel rally, told JTA she was “grateful to the organizers for...

  • Jewish groups sponsor anti-Israel week at Brandeis

    November 5, 2010 | 11:15 am

    Two Jewish student groups are sponsoring Israeli Occupation Awareness Week at Brandeis University.

    Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace are co-hosting four days of speakers and films focusing on what they say is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands....

  • First female rabbi ordained in Germany since 1935

    November 5, 2010 | 11:12 am

    Germany’s Reform rabbinical seminary ordained three new rabbis, including the first woman to become a rabbi in Germany since before the Holocaust.

    Thursday’s ceremonies at Berlin’s Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue marked the third ordination of graduates of the Abraham Geiger College in...

  • Martin Kraar, former CJF and Weizmann Institute head, dies

    November 3, 2010 | 1:18 pm

    Martin Kraar, who was instrumental in helping the Council of Jewish Federations merge with the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal, has died.

    Kraar, of Atlanta, died Monday at the age of 69.

    As executive vice president, he led the CJF for 10 years until 1998. The CJF...

  • Vandalized Romanian Jewish cemetery restored

    November 3, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    A Romanian Jewish cemetery vandalized more than two years ago has been restored.

    The largest Jewish cemetery in the Romanian capital of Bucharest was rededicated Monday after some 131 gravestones were toppled and smashed on Oct. 22, 2008, the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah.


  • Nobel laureates rip academic boycotts of Israel

    November 3, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    Some 38 Nobel laureates have signed a statement condemning boycotts and divestment campaigns against Israeli academics and academic institutions.

    A letter accompanying the statement, released Tuesday under the auspices of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, singles out for...

  • Rene Wisch, co-founder of the Texas Jewish Post, dies

    November 3, 2010 | 11:13 am

    Irene Gladys “Rene” Wisch, the co-founder with her late husband of the Texas Jewish Post, has died.

    Wisch died Monday at her home in Fort Worth. She was 88.

    Wisch and her husband of 56 years, the late Jimmy Wisch, founded the Texas Jewish Post in 1946. In 2002, with the death...

  • PLO official accuses Israel of election interference

    November 3, 2010 | 11:11 am

    Israel “intervened” in the U.S. midterm elections in order to scupper the peace process, a PLO official said.

    Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said Wednesday that the election results “prove that Israel played a...

  • Canadian chain pulls allegedly anti-Semitic magazine

    November 3, 2010 | 11:08 am

    Canada’s leading drugstore chain has pulled a controversial magazine from its racks, but insists the decision has nothing to do with complaints that its latest issue contained anti-Semitic images.

    Shoppers Drug Mart said Tuesday that it will no longer sell Adbusters, an...

  • Secular demonstration denied in Bnei Brak

    November 3, 2010 | 11:07 am

    University students were denied permission to demonstrate in a city that is overwhelmingly haredi Orthodox.

    Police in Bnei Brak, a city located east of Tel Aviv, refused permission out of fear of riots, Haaretz reported. The students wanted to protest Tuesday against a bill that...

  • Israel protests British ‘universal jurisdiction’ law

    November 3, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Israel reportedly postponed a strategic dialogue with Britain to protest a law that allows for the prosecution of Israeli officials for alleged war crimes.

    Strategic dialogue between Israel and Britain on defense and security issues occurs annually. This year’s strategic dialogue...

  • Miniseries glorifying wartime Pope Pius decried

    November 3, 2010 | 11:02 am

    Italian Jewish leaders have sharply criticized an Italian TV mini-series that portrays Pope Pius XII as working forcefully to save Jews during the Holocaust.

    “Under the Roman Sky,” starring James Cromwell as Pius XII, was aired Sunday and Monday on state-run RAI television. Set in...

  • Knesset committee paves way for civil unions

    November 3, 2010 | 11:00 am

    A Knesset committee has made it possible for a civil unions law to be implemented in Israel.

    The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday approved a registration fee of about $165 for couples to obtain a civil union certificate.

    The law, passed in March and set...

  • America needs a civility campaign

    November 3, 2010 | 10:56 am

    The election season has finally ended. Victors have celebrated, the defeated have conceded and we are left to clean up the detritus: direct-mail fliers, defunct posters—and the scorched earth left by one of the least civil election campaigns in memory.

    American political culture has...

  • Fayyad Attends High School Ceremony in Jerusalem, Despite Ban

    November 2, 2010 | 11:19 am

    The visit of a prime minister to a high school is enough to excite most students and faculty. The esteemed guest signs the visitors’ book, cuts a ribbon and politely watches a show about the school.

    Only in this case the visit by Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the...

  • Back to the Mall

    November 2, 2010 | 10:53 am

    “Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”  Twenty-five years ago Back to the Future was released.  As a kid I wore out the trilogy’s videotapes (surely one of the greatest Hanukkah presents ever) and watched the town square of Hill Valley take shape...

  • Iran Could Ignite Israeli-Palestinian Agreement

    November 2, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Even before the bombs mailed from Yemen dominated the non-election news, talk around the coffee table was inevitably coming around to the Middle East. The phenomenon united news-savvy citizens sitting in a souk in Turkey; a hotel in Bethlehem or east Jerusalem;  and even a trendy LA...

  • Suspicious packages intercepted on way to Chicago

    October 29, 2010 | 3:39 pm

    U.S. law enforcement has warned Jewish groups to be on the lookout for packages mailed from overseas in the wake of suspicious packages addressed to Jewish institutions in Chicago.

    The Associated Press quoted President Obama as saying Friday that the packages found on planes headed...

  • Obama: Yemen devices a ‘credible terrorist threat’

    October 29, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    From MSNBC

    Calling it a “credible terrorist threat,” President Barack Obama said apparent explosive material was found on two U.S.-bound packages from Yemen, triggering searches of flights with other packages from Yemen and an investigation into whether al-Qaida was behind a new...

  • Rubashkin loses bid for new trial

    October 29, 2010 | 11:55 am

    A federal judge denied a motion for a new trial for former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin.

    U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade on Wednesday rejected a motion that accused her of a conflict of interest in Rubashkin’s case. The defense for Rubashkin, a vice...

  • Israeli woman contracts ‘superbug’

    October 29, 2010 | 11:52 am

    An Israeli woman who was hospitalized in India returned home carrying a “superbug.”

    The intestinal bacteria are resistant to antibiotics and have caused deaths in other countries.

    The woman, 50, was quarantined in an Israeli hospital following the discovery of the bacteria...

  • Poland planning museum to honor its Righteous Gentiles

    October 29, 2010 | 11:51 am

    A museum dedicated to Polish Righteous Gentiles is slated to be built in Poland.

    A Righteous Among Nations museum dedicated to the thousands of Poles who saved Jews from the Nazis and are honored at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum will be built in the village of...

  • Arab-Israeli activist admits to spying for Hezbollah

    October 29, 2010 | 11:48 am

    A leading Arab-Israeli political activist admitted to spying for Hezbollah in an Israeli court.

    Amir Makhoul, director general of Ittijah-the Union of Arab Community-Based Associations, an umbrella group for Arab nongovernmental organizations in Israel, admitted to charges of...

  • Duo celebrating bar mitzvah of counting Jewish athletes

    October 29, 2010 | 11:46 am

    Down in Texas, the Rangers have an All-Star second baseman who has added flavor and flair to the 2010 season, helping propel his team to the World Series for the first time in its history. And with a name like Ian Kinsler, he might just be ...

    Well, there’s no Star of David-shaped...

  • Op-Ed: Embrace special needs in continuity conversation

    October 29, 2010 | 11:45 am

    Since the late 1980s the Jewish conversation—and Jewish funding—has orbited around the goal of Jewish continuity. Whether the cause is Jewish peoplehood, intermarriage, education or even Israel, ensuring our Jewish continuity inevitably grounds the discussion.

    But one issue critical...

  • Jewish groups mourn Kirchner’s death

    October 29, 2010 | 11:42 am

    Jewish groups mourned the death of Nestor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina.

    Kirchner, the president from 2003 to 2007, who was succeeded by his wife, current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died Wednesday morning at a hospital near his home after suffering a...

  • Dichter cancels Spain visit over arrest fears

    October 26, 2010 | 11:03 am

    An Israeli lawmaker canceled a trip to Spain over fears that he would be arrested.

    Avi Dichter, a Knesset member from the Kadima Party and the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency, was scheduled to attend an international peace summit in Spain. He changed his mind...

  • Commemorations to mark Kahane assassination

    October 26, 2010 | 10:49 am

    A commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s murder will be held in a Jerusalem hotel, despite opposition.

    The memorial event for the leader of the extremist right-wing Kach Party is scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Jerusalem Ramada Renaissance Hotel. The event...

  • Messianic building won’t serve as polling place

    October 26, 2010 | 10:46 am

    A polling place at a messianic Christian center in New York was changed after Orthodox Jewish voters protested.

    Jewish voters complained to the city’s Board of Elections after the Life in Messiah evangelical group’s building was announced as a polling place for four election...

  • ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ writer Joseph Stein dies at 98

    October 26, 2010 | 10:44 am

    Joseph Stein, the Tony Award-winning writer of “Fiddler on the Roof,” has died.

    Stein died Sunday in Manhattan after fracturing his skull in a fall. He was 98.

    Stein wrote more than a dozen Broadway musicals, but is best known for “Fiddler,” which won nine Tony Awards in 1965,...

  • Iran loads fuel rods in nuclear plant

    October 26, 2010 | 10:41 am

    Iran began placing uranium fuel rods in the Bushehr nuclear plant.

    Once the 163 fuel rods are set inside the core of the nuclear power plant, Bushehr will be fully operational. The plant should begin generating electricity in early 2011, Iranian Press TV reported Tuesday, citing...

  • Mitzvah project is a cut above

    October 20, 2010 | 12:50 pm

    A beauty salon in Encino was buzzing on a Sunday afternoon in late August. More than 200 people visited Epic the Salon throughout the day, getting haircuts, looking longingly at bake-sale goods and browsing through hundreds of items up for silent auction. As they swayed to the music...

  • Jewish groups fight repeal of clean energy law in Calif.

    October 13, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    A coalition of Jewish organizations in California is waging a campaign against a ballot proposition they say would hurt efforts to wean the United States off foreign oil.

    Proposition 23 effectively would repeal the Global Warming Solutions Act, a California law that established a...

  • Argentine minister apologizes for Holocaust allusion

    October 13, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    Argentina’s economics minister apologized for using Holocaust imagery in a complaint against two journalists.

    Amado Boudou reportedly said he used an “out-of-place metaphor” earlier this month in comparing two journalists critical of his administration with “those who were in charge...

  • Israeli Arabs ignore summons probing flotilla

    October 13, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Two Israeli Arabs who sailed with a flotilla of ships that attempted to break Israel’s Gaza blockade ignored a subpoena to appear before the Israeli commission probing the incident.

    Muhammad Zidan from Kafr Manda and Hamad Abu Dabus from Rahat failed to appear before the Turkel...

  • Jewish author wins Booker Prize

    October 13, 2010 | 10:46 am

    A British Jewish author won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for a comic book about what it means to be Jewish today.

    Howard Jacobson, who was shortlisted for the prize this year for the first time, was named the winner of the $80,000 prize Tuesday night for “The Finkler...

  • Russian Jewish center vandalized twice

    October 13, 2010 | 10:44 am

    A Jewish center in central Russia was vandalized for the second time in a week.

    Anti-Semitic pictures and epithets were found Tuesday painted on the walls of the center in Barnaul, Radio Free Europe reported. Similar graffiti had been found Oct. 7 on the building, which opened in...

  • Ahmadinejad in Lebanon speaks of ‘Zionist enemy’

    October 13, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, met by cheering crowds in Lebanon, said his country and Israel’s northern neighbor “endorse a bitter struggle against Zionist aggression.”

    Ahmadinejad arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday and immediately met with Lebanese President Michael Suleiman...

  • Nazi hunter Zuroff on trial for libel

    October 13, 2010 | 10:35 am

    Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff is fighting libel charges filed by an alleged war criminal in Hungary.

    The case, being heard in a Budapest courtroom, began Oct. 8 and is scheduled to continue through a final hearing Dec. 16.

    It is likely the first time that a man under investigation for...

  • Teens arrested in Jewish school vandalism

    October 7, 2010 | 12:51 pm

    Two teens were arrested in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti painted on a Jewish high school in Washington State.

    The 17-year olds, from Mercer Island, Wash., were arrested Wednesday and placed in juvenile detention, according to reports. They were charged with malicious...

  • Eldery German woman fined for Holocaust denial

    October 7, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    An 81-year-old German woman was convicted of Holocaust denial and fined.

    The woman, identified as Ursula H., on Wednesday was given a suspended sentence of six months and fined nearly $1,400 by a Munich judge.

    Ursula, the former president of a banned right-wing extremist group,...

  • Jewish Internet company employee arrested for selling secrets

    October 7, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    A Jewish employee of a Boston-area Internet company was arrested on suspicion of selling confidential information to a foreign company.

    Elliot Doxer, 42, who works in the finance department of Akamai Technologies Inc., was charged Wednesday with wire fraud for providing confidential...

  • Sanchez officially apologizes to Stewart

    October 7, 2010 | 12:45 pm

    Fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez apologized to Jon Stewart for calling him a bigot and implying that Jews control the media.

    In a statement issued Wednesday, Sanchez said he called the star of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” earlier in the week and they had a “very good...

  • Israel strikes Gaza targets

    October 7, 2010 | 12:41 pm

    Israel’s Air Force struck two Gaza targets in response to rocket fire on Israel, the army said.

    The attack overnight Thursday was in response to two rockets fired on southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon.

    One of the targets successfully hit was a Hamas terror training camp,...

  • Cabinet to vote on Israeli loyalty oath

    October 7, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet will take up a loyalty oath requiring new citizens to swear allegiance to “the State of Israel—a Jewish and democratic state.”

    Netanyahu on Wednesday agreed to attach a statement of allegiance to Israel’s Citizenship Law that would...

  • PJ Library project expanding to Israel

    October 7, 2010 | 12:32 pm

    The government of Israel and a North American foundation are partnering on a literacy program for Israeli preschoolers.

    Israel’s government will invest $500,000 to bring to Israel the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s PJ Library, which in the United States provides free books with...

  • Original Nuremberg documents on display

    October 7, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    The original documents of the Nuremberg Laws were placed on display at the National Archives in Washington.

    The papers, believed to be the only copies of the laws to exist, were transferred in August from the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in California....