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  • Diaspora communities can help with peacemaking, Jewish leaders tell Abbas

    January 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

    The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Latin American Jewish Congress expressed hope for progress in Middle East peace at a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins described the positive...

  • Israel-Diaspora crisis: Averted

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    This week, Shmuel Rosner joins The Journal’s regular contributors as senior political editor, writing weekly for the print edition and blogging daily, and exclusively, for jewishjournal.com from Israel on his newly re-created Rosner’s Domain. This blog, which he started in 2005...

  • Netanyahu pulls ad campaign for Israeli expats that angered U.S. Jews

    December 2, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is canceling an ad campaign aimed at luring Israeli expatriates home that some American Jews have found offensive.

    The ads, produced by Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, attempt to convey the message that the children and families...

  • Opinion: Bridging the Israel-Diaspora gap is more vital than ever

    October 6, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Turkey, long one of Israel’s more stable and supportive partners in the region, expelled Israel’s ambassador. In Egypt, a peaceful partner to Israel since the two nations signed a treaty in 1978, the Israeli Embassy was attacked by an angry mob whose members spoke of being willing...

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  • Egypt bans lulav exports to Israel, Diaspora

    September 19, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Egypt has banned the export of palm fronds to Israel and Jewish communities abroad, leading to fears of a lulav shortage for the Sukkot holiday.

    Israel had previously imported about 700,000 palm fronds a year in the run-up to Sukkot, which is about 40 percent of the annual demand,...

  • MK Einat Wilf outlines new Israeli contract with the Jewish world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Talking to a journalist before an event on Sept. 6, Einat Wilf, a Member of Knesset in Ehud Barak’s Independence Faction, trotted out an old Israeli joke.

    In Israel, Wilf said, “A third of Israelis serve in the army, a third of Israelis work, and a third of Israelis pay taxes...

  • Song contest searches Diaspora for ‘the next Jewish star’

    August 22, 2011 | 10:35 am

    When Israeli music producer-to-the-stars Eitan Gafni put on a global song contest for Jews nearly two decades ago, finding contestants was difficult. At the time, he called on Jewish Agency shlichim residing in capitals around the world to find young Jews with musical talent and ask...

  • Two-way street: Israel should learn about Diaspora, too

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    July 19, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Rabbi Daniel Gordis, a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, caused a storm within the Jewish community a few weeks ago when he published a piece arguing that the connection by students at America’s liberal rabbinical schools — the future leaders of the Jewish...

  • ‘Sing’ festival extols diaspora diversity

    March 8, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    “I’m a nonprofessional dreamer,” said singer/composer/producer Craig Taubman, who is in the midst of staging his sixth annual “Let My People Sing,” a 24-hour festival taking place March 11 and 12 at Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles. The event features Jewish performers from...

  • POINT: How best to support an imperfect Israel

    January 5, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    The entire Jewish community should applaud the recently announced plan by The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and several major Jewish federations to invest millions of dollars over the next...

  • Meeting again with Jewish leaders, Abbas broaches substance

    September 22, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    For Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Jewish leaders, their second date featured a little more substance and a little less flirtation. And this time the Palestinian Authority president brought a wing man.

    Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, met separately Tuesday evening with Jewish...

  • Exploring what makes up the Jewish tapestry

    November 7, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    We've all played the "Jewish geography" game -- you know, questioning someone we've only just met in order to discover common Jewish connections, friends or even family.

    In doing so, we are mapping out our experiences, delineating a sort of Jewish topography of interlinking...

  • Survival hinges on being light unto nations

    By Avraham Burg

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's impossible to augur the future of the Jewish people. It can only be summed up in two words: "I hope."

    In a paradoxical sense, the current political, economic and military strength of the Jewish people does not suggest much self-confidence. We never before have had such a strong...

  • Israel: A work in progress

    By Glenn Yago

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    From the birth of the Zionist movement more than a century ago through its 60 years as a Jewish state, Israel has come of age amid a vastly changing world: two world wars, the technological revolution and economic globalization with all its attendant challenges.

    The creation of...

  • Post-Zionism in a diaspora world

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What does it mean to be a Jew in a Post-Zionist world?

    For centuries, for Jews, the notion of living free in Zion was a dream. In Theodor Herzl's famous essay, "The Jewish State," the journalist and playwright transformed the dream of living in a Jewish state into a goal.

    "Next year...

  • Fending off the end of aliyah

    By Dina Kraft

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Founded with the express purpose of "ingathering of the exiles" -- but with no more large groups of Jews to save -- Israel is facing the end of the era of mass aliyah.

    Recent reports that the Jewish Agency for Israel was considering shutting down its flagship aliyah department have...

  • Fear over intermarriage is overblown

    By Leonard Saxe

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Purim is a time to dull our senses with drink and cloak our identity by dressing in costume. We do so in order to confront a troubling part of our history and the threats to Jewish life and continuity in the Diaspora.

    In our retelling of the Purim story, we sometimes forget that our...

  • What Israel means to me

    By David Mamet

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This is one in a series of articles and essays on myriad topics related to Israel that will run weekly as we approach the Jewish state's 60th anniversary on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, in May.

    Noam Chomsky was interviewed in the summer 2004 issue of Heeb magazine:

    Q:...

  • At peace with conflict

    By David Suissa

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    One of the bonuses of living in exile is that you can see Israeli society more clearly, one lunch, party, speech or cappuccino at a time. When I'm in the Holy Land, I lose myself in a noisy, beautiful, hectic, joyful and soulful blur.

    It's as if I'm inside a boat in a stormy sea....

  • Israel obligated to consider Diaspora views on Jerusalem

    By Morton A. Klein

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do Jews outside Israel have the right to criticize Israeli policies relating to defense and security matters or eternal issues, like concessions on Jerusalem?

    Some argue that while Diaspora Jews may debate a range of Israeli policies, national security and defense policies should be...

  • PBS documents struggles and successes of U.S. Jewry

    By Tom Tugend

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish life in North America was nearly aborted before birth when the governor of New Amsterdam sought to expel 23 Brazilian Jews, who landed at the southern tip of Manhattan in 1654.

    In a petition to his superiors at the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam, Peter Stuyvesant urged...

  • Grunions

    By Rob Eshman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    The grunion were running last weekend, so I went down to the Venice Beach breakwater just before midnight to watch them mate. The sight of thousands of slim, silvery fish wiggling desperately out of the surf and struggling to spawn before the next wave crashed upon them made me...
  • Language institute helping Ladino revival

    By Jerome Socolovsky

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daddo & the Ladino Voice (live)
    Click the BIG ARROW for "Adio Querida (Goodbye, My Love)"

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Even at 94 and with eyes that barely see, Angela Pipano vividly recalls her memories of life as a child in Salonika, Greece.

    She remembers a city with more Jews...
  • U.S. Jews choose to serve in the Israel Defense Forces

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click the BIG ARROW for Matzav Shelanu --a video about "our situation" --
    from American solider "Daniel" of the IDF.
    Warning: Strong language in soundtrack.

    Zach TaylorThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) want a few good men like Zach Taylor (photo).

    Actually, the IDF wants a lot of them.

    Taylor...
  • Nahal Haredi: Unorthodox battalion seeks to change Orthodox image

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click BIG ARROW for a soldier's video about his comrades in the Nahal Haredi
    In Israel, where service in the armed forces is every man's -- and most women's -- duty, the majority of Israelis, from secular to Modern Orthodox, have long scorned the ultra-Orthodox "black hats" for...
  • Bibi Netanyahu ranks high ...  as racist demagogue

    By Larry Derfner

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    By rights, Binyamin Netanyahu, which every poll says is by far the most popular politician in Israel, should be ranked with Jean Le Pen, Jorge Haider and the rest of the Western world's racist demagogues.

    But he won't be, because anti-Arab racism in Israel is either supported or...

  • Conventional Wisdom

    By Rob Eshman

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Whenever I find myself among large groups of Jews, I have to ask myself this question: How much of the Kool-Aid should I drink?

    Thousands of people gathered downtown earlier this week for the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, and I spent much time taking in the...

  • The Diaspora may be moving, but it isn’t going away any time soon

    By Joel Kotkin

    November 10, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Howard Grossman moved to the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Wilkes-Barre 35 years ago, it was a thriving industrial city with a substantial, long-established Jewish community. Today, anyone who visits Wilkes-Barre cannot help but come away with the impression that this town...
  • The next wave: Zionism needs a new narrative

    By Gidi Grinstein

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The success of Zionism requires a revisiting of values and priorities. Negation of Diaspora may not only be irrelevant, but counterproductive. We need a new vision.

    In 70 C.E. the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and political independence was lost. Sixty-five years later,...

  • Live in the ‘hood: lingering Shabbat

    By David Suissa

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I understood the unique power of Shabbat, until I moved to the Pico-Robertson neighborhood a few months ago.

    It's not like I'm a novice on the subject. For several years, in the late '80s and early '90s in Venice Beach, I was part of an eclectic band of yuppie frummies who...

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