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  • Study: Miami Jewry sees first growth since 1975

    6 days ago

    For the first time in four decades, Miami Jewry is growing.

    That’s the official finding of the new Miami Jewish population study released Monday by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

    The Jewish population of Miami-Dade County increased 9 percent over the last decade, to...

  • At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif

    2 weeks ago

    These days, more people are wearing white after Labor Day, especially on Yom Kippur. Last year, to keep up with the trend, I looked to buy a white suit to wear during my yearly battle of spirituality vs somnambulism. I had heard that everyone else in my congregation was going to...

  • Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style

    2 weeks ago

    Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk.

    Towering over the skyline of this industrial...

  • My Yom Kippur Lesson

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Yom Kippur is our time to reflect, think and ask for forgiveness. Not because we have to, but because we want to. It is our time to look back at all the times we were so convinced we’re right that we let our fingers type or our mouth speak harsh words towards others. Sometimes, it...

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  • 5774, the year of communal concerns

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 23, 2014 | 3:36 am

    Almost a year ago, not long after Rosh Hashanah, I wrote an article under the catchy headline: "Are We All Jewish, Or Are We Just a Bunch of People Bundled Together By a Poll?"

    It was an article about the just-released Pew study of American Jewry – this seems now like decades ago...

  • Renaming of Fla. bridge for Henry Ford nixed over ‘dark history’ with Jews

    September 16, 2014 | 12:52 pm

    Officials in Fort Myers City, Fla., withdrew a proposal to rename a bridge for Henry Ford after residents raised concerns about his anti-Semitic publications.

    A vote on the proposal had been scheduled for Monday evening but was withdrawn, according to WZVN, the local ABC...

  • We need to understand hatred better if we’re serious about fighting anti-Semitism

    September 12, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    The recent surge in antisemitic hate crimes in Europe was, unfortunately predictable.  This much we know about antisemitism: since the collapse of the Camp David peace talks in 2000, whenever violence in the Middle East involves Israel, hate crimes against Jews and Jewish-linked...

  • Jewish groups launch fair trade network

    September 5, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    A new partnership has launched to enable the purchase of kosher “fair trade” coffee, tea and chocolate while supporting Jewish communal efforts on human trafficking and worker justice.

    The Jewish Fair Trade Partnership allows individuals and Jewish institutions...

  • Keeping Jewish young adults engaged in Judaism

    By Elyse Glickman

    September 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Heading off to college is usually seen as an exciting, colorful rite of passage. But, as rabbis at several local synagogues have observed, those steps toward adult independence often come with uncertainty and a need for an additional support system beyond Mom and Dad.

    That, they...

  • Israel is: A departing reflection

    August 26, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    Israel is…

    Where I visit once a year even though I have no family there. Where I found myself. Where I went from being Jew(ish) to a proud Jew. Where those around me share a similar family past of pogroms, emigrations, anti-Semitism, and perseverance.

    Where I ate my first Bamba...

  • Ukrainian court nixes controversial Jewish heritage projects in Lviv

    August 15, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    A Ukrainian supreme court forbade the Municipality of Lviv from going ahead with controversial plans for commemorating Jewish heritage sites.

    The Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine issued its ruling Wednesday against the city’s plans to design and build projects that would...

  • The Ebola-like plague of anti-Semitism sweeping the West

    August 4, 2014 | 10:30 am

    My parents, who have lived in Jerusalem for 22 years, recently met their new neighbors.  They are French Jews from Paris who describe themselves as refugees. " We came to the conclusion that there was simply no future for us in France.  Jews are targets there and the government...

  • European anti-Semitism exploding: It’s not just about Hamas

    August 1, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the current explosion of anti-Semitism across Europe is caused by the war with Hamas in Gaza. But it’s not that simple. The riots on the streets of Paris, the vicious anti-Jewish graffiti defacing the ancient streets of Rome, the...

  • Learning to argue on Tisha b’Av

    July 31, 2014 | 11:20 am

    As we approach Tisha b’Av, the State of Israel is at war. The day’s commemoration of sorrow and pain, and urgent calls for introspection and reflection, couldn’t be coming at a more needed time.

    On Tisha b’Av we take upon ourselves the burden, and the grace, of our connection to...

  • Amsterdam apartment flying Israeli flag targeted with firebomb

    July 31, 2014 | 11:10 am

    A Jewish woman who displayed an Israeli flag from her balcony in Amsterdam was targeted with a firebomb and death threats.

    The firebomb landed on the balcony of neighbors of Leah Rabinovitch, a Mexico-born Jewish woman who flew the Israeli flag on Amsterdam’s Kruger Square,...

  • Conflict in Israel heightens local security concerns

    By Ryan Torok

    July 30, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Israel’s Gaza War has some Los Angeles Jewish institutions addressing security concerns. 

    At Adat Ari El, a Conservative congregation in Valley Village, Executive Director Michal Lesner said the institution is “boosting” security. This includes increasing the visibility of...

  • Meshaal: We don’t fight Jews because they’re Jews

    July 28, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he does not know whether his organization will ever recognize Israel’s right to exist, but cannot even think about it until there is a Palestinian state.

    “When we have a Palestinian state then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies. You...

  • Israel, Brazilian Jews slam recall of Brazilian ambassador from Tel Aviv

    July 25, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    Representatives of Brazil’s Jewish community said their government’s recall of its ambassador from Israel amounted to a defense of Hamas.

    The statement by CONIB, an umbrella body, came Thursday, a day after Brasilia announced that it was recalling for consultation its ambassador...

  • The Jewish connection to stem cell research

    July 23, 2014 | 11:31 am

    More than a decade ago, Silviu Itescu and Michael Schuster were conducting research in a laboratory at Columbia University and made a discovery involving a type of human stem cell that could be used to treat rats during a heart attack. 

    The revolutionary finding demonstrated the...

  • Finding unity in a bomb shelter

    July 22, 2014 | 11:38 am

    When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough.

    That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of...

  • German Jewish leader: Don’t be intimidated by anti-Semitic protests

    July 21, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Germany’s main Jewish leader called on Jews not to be intimidated by a recent spate of anti-Israel demonstrations featuring violently anti-Jewish slogans.

    With protests against Israel occurring daily throughout the country – including Monday outside the Israeli Embassy in Berlin...

  • Jewish mother and daughter killed in Ukraine shelling

    By tessc

    July 21, 2014 | 11:39 am

    A Jewish mother and daughter were killed in a shelling in the embattled eastern Ukraine city of Lugansk.

    The victims of Friday’s explosion were identified on the website of the Lugansk Jewish community as Svetlana and Anna Sitnikov.

    Svetlana Sitnikov, 57, and her daughter Anna...

  • A history of Jews in Argentina

    July 16, 2014 | 10:31 am

    Argentina’s Jewish community is the largest in Latin America, with 240,000 Jews, most of them living in Buenos Aires. The majority of them are Ashkenazi, and about 15 percent are Sephardic.

     According to a 2005 socio-demographic study by the American Jewish Joint Distribution...

  • German neo-Nazi’s naming to EU committee rankles Jewish leaders

    July 8, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    European Jewish leaders slammed the appointment of a German neo-Nazi lawmaker to the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee.

    Udo Voigt, the former head of the far-right National Democratic Party, was named this week to the parliamentary committee for Civil Liberties,...

  • Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognizes 15 U.S. teens for leadership

    July 3, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Fifteen U.S. teens were recognized for their volunteerism with Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

    Each will receive an honorarium of $36,000 from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and...

  • Boomers looking forward to what’s next in life

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    June 25, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    The stages of a life are measured differently now from the days of Pirke Avot, a classical Jewish text from the second century. But in some sense, the work of those of us who have reached a mature age remains the same as it was back then: How do you apply the wisdom you have...

  • Op-Ed: A miracle in Uganda

    April 11, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    As we celebrate Passover, it is important to remember that as great as the miracle of the Exodus was, freedom was only the beginning. I know this from reading the Torah, but I also know from personal experience.

    I was born in Uganda to Jewish parents at a time when it was illegal...

  • ‘Boyle Heights Heroes’ remembers L.A.‘s Jewish roots

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    March 5, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    As the granddaughter of a rabbi who was also the first president of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights — the center of Los Angeles Jewish life in the first half of the 20th century — Annette Shapiro knows the importance of remembering your roots. 

    During a Feb. 23 event at...

  • Looking on the bright side of the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations

    By Rob Eshman

    February 26, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    If you think of Israel as a football team and American Jews as its fans, the time has come to buy seats on the 50-yard line, paint your bare chest blue and white, and start screaming for the team.

    Why now?  Because Israel is weeks  away from facing a historic opportunity, and it...

  • This week in power: Outrage in Ukraine and The Onion article

    By Danny Groner

    October 23, 2013 | 8:12 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Beating fallout
    Week after police some police detectives in Ukraine to extort a Jewish businessman -- “One of them told me he’d do to me what Hitler did and beat me” -- and they then...

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