Jewish Journal

Israeli chief rabbi tells Jews to stay away from Temple Mount


November 7, 2014 | 9:56 am

Israeli border police officers walks in front of the Dome of the Rock at Temple Mount on Nov. 5. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

An Israeli chief rabbi urged Jews to stay away from the Temple Mount in order to prevent bloodshed.

Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s chief Sephardic rabbi, made the call during the funeral Friday... read full article

  • ISIS beheads U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was Jewish


    September 2, 2014 | 10:26 am

    The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.

    A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a...

  • Artists without borders. Or facts.

    by Noa Tishby

    August 2, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    I am an Israeli, I am an American, and I am an artist. As such, the following topic is especially irritating to me. As the war in Gaza breaks yet again, we have seen an influx of artists and celebrities chipping in with their personal two cents. It can come in the shape  of Javier...

  • The ‘Who is a Jewish Olympian question’: The case of Charlie White

    by Daniel Treiman, JTA

    February 19, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Earlier this week, JTA and other Jewish news outlets  ran reports on American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis winning Olympic gold. All these outlets reported — based on previously published articles — that White was Jewish.

    It appears we were all misinformed.


  • Online kosher, extra rabbis for visiting Jews in Sochi

    by Mark Trevelyan, Reuters

    February 18, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Sochi's lone rabbi has drawn on reinforcements from the United States and shipped in 7,000 kosher meals to help cater for Jewish visitors to the Winter Olympics in Russia, a country where Judaism is reviving after decades of repression.

    Speaking virtually no Russian at the time,...

  • U.S. ice dancers Davis and White earn historic Olympic gold


    February 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

    The team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first Olympics ice dancing gold medal ever for the United States.

    Davis and White, who is Jewish [correction: The ‘Who is a Jewish Olympian question’: The case of Charlie White], finished Monday with a score of 195.52 in Sochi,...

  • Israeli skaters perform better than expected

    by Julie Wiener, JTA

    February 13, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Israeli Olympic figure skaters won’t be bringing home any medals from Sochi this winter, but Israelis are still shepping naches from their performances.

    Israeli skaters Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich finished Wednesday’s pairs competition in 15th place. They were not...

  • Israeli speed skater falls shy of semis in 1,500 meters


    February 10, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Israeli short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov failed to qualify for the 1,500-meter semifinals in the Winter Olympics by less than a second.

    Bykanov finished fourth on Monday in the second heat in 2:21.163 — 0.8 away from advancing — at the games in Sochi, Russia. He will compete in the 1,000-meter race on Thursday and the 500-meter race on Feb. 18.

    An immigrant to Israel from Ukraine, Bykanov, 24, carried the Israeli flag when the delegation marched in to the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.

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