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  • Crossing the Street

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 14, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Last September I wrote, “Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon” in which I described an event which lead Rabbi Lezak from our synagogue to realize we had never formed a relationship with the K-8 school across the street. Here we were, a bunch of Jews on one side...

  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Israel shows off its homeland security technologies to international visitors

    May 14, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Israel’s security technologies were on display as the country hosted two separate international contingents.

    An Interpol European Regional Conference brought 110 senior law enforcement officers from 49 countries to Tel Aviv, while a homeland security conference drew 37 mayors from...

  • Israel and the world- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 2, 2012 | 11:50 am

    • It is no secret that the Israeli mind is something else. After growing a successful High-Tech industry, and winning ten Nobel prizes, I was not surprised to hear due to a strategic decision made by the U.S Government, Israeli students will receive scholarships to come and be a...

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  • International Agunah Day Conference draws locals to support ‘chained’ women

    March 8, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    Esther Macner, a former prosecutor and trial attorney from New York, has spent years advocating on behalf of agunot — women whose husbands have failed to give them a get, a Jewish divorce document.  Now she’s on fire about getting the West Coast Jewish community to address the...

  • McCain advisors:
    No to Syria talks, little interest in Middle East peace process

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 22, 2008 | 5:17 pm

    LEESBURG, Va. (JTA)—A McCain administration would discourage Israeli-Syrian peace talks and refrain from actively engaging in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    That was the message delivered over the weekend by two McCain advisers—Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on...

  • Think you know ‘The Jazz Singer’? You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Oct. 6, 1927, audiences attending the premiere of "The Jazz Singer" at New York's Warner Theatre witnessed a revolution that gave voice to a medium that had lived in silence since its birth, more than 30 years before. With his double-barrel delivery of the improvised line, "Wait a...
  • Women’s Lib Rises in Wake of Disaster

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take hold of the...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Ambulances Services Seal Deal

    Israeli and Palestinian ambulance services signed an agreement they hope will ease Israel's accession to the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Under Monday's pact signed between Magen David Adom and the Palestinian Red Crescent in Geneva, Palestinian...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Reform Criticizes Iraq War

    The Reform movement passed a resolution criticizing the handling of the Iraq war and seeking a partial troop withdrawal. At its biennial in Houston, The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) on Friday became the first Jewish denomination to speak out against the...

  • ‘Water’ Hits High Tide

    By Tom Tugend

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Walk on Water" has become the highest-grossing Israeli film in the United States, with box office receipts topping $2.1 million.

    That figure may not threaten a George Lucas or Steven Spielberg, but to Israeli filmmakers it is another indication that their products are becoming...

  • Anti-War, Anti-Israel?

    By James D. Besser

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    ANSWER Rallies Return

    With things going badly in Iraq, the anti-war movement in this country is trying to expand its political base with a series of high-profile marches scheduled for this weekend.

    And once again, planners of some of the events are using rising discontent over...

  • Sharon Battles for Pullout Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Facing a crucial Cabinet vote next week on his amended disengagement plan from the Palestinians, Ariel Sharon is facing as much pressure as he ever did as a general on the battlefield.

    On the international front, the Israeli prime minister has weathered scathing criticism of Israel's...

  • Big Brother Lurks in Higher Education Bill

    By J. Shawn Landres

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In recent weeks, a number of major Jewish organizations -- the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) American Israel Public Affairs Committee and others -- have announced their support for congressional passage of H.R. 3077, the International Studies in...

  • Egypt Displays Split Personality on Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli leaders were heartened in late December, when Egypt's foreign minister announced that he would come to Jerusalem for talks on promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    At the same time, however, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was moving in Cairo to galvanize international...

  • IDF at Odds With Militant Activists

    By Matthew Gutman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The bad blood between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a group of international pro-Palestinian activists continues to grow as more members of the group are injured in Israeli anti-terror operations.

    A British activist was shot in the head last Friday as a group of foreign and...

  • Future Uncertain for Five Iranian Jews

    By Michael J. Jordan

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The release from prison of five Iranian Jews last week was due not to a change of heart by the regime in Tehran, but to a political calculation that Iran's international image needs burnishing, observers say. And clouding the relief of the Jews' relatives and advocates is concern...

  • Up Front

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Wants a Few Good Maccabis



    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is on the lookout for teen athletes who want to compete in the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games, a week-long international Jewish youth summer games competition, to be held Aug. 8 through Aug. 15.

    This year, 70 local...

  • Anti-Semitism on Upswing in Greece

    By Jean Cohen

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Greece, according to a new report. The Greek Helsinki Monitor, a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, said in its report that since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than...

  • Silence in Any Language

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust, as seen through the eyes of five international filmmakers, will air on successive evenings on Cinemax, from April 15-19, at 7 p.m.

    Collectively titled "Broken Silence," the series, produced by James Moll (who won an Oscar for the documentary, "The Last Days"),...

  • Honoring the Righteous

    By Brianne Korn

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When the atrocities of the Holocaust came to public light, many unsung heroes remained in the shadows.

    In a ceremony at the United Nations on Monday, some rescued Holocaust survivors met their unknown heroes, or those heroes' family members, for the first time since the war.

    The...

  • Community Briefs

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I see that it's time for the media to replay the perennial horror story known as The Dying Jew. "The Vanishing Jew," by Alan Dershowitz, is a mea culpa over his son's intermarriage. Elliot Abrams, the former Reagan administration official, has written "Faith or Fear: How Jews...