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  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day - we must remember, remind and never forget.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    20 minutes ago

    Seven years ago, I stood on Auschwitz Birkenau’s railroad, where more than 1 million Jews were led to their death only 65 years beforehand.  It was part of a special 8-day journey offered to 11th graders in Israel, to travel to Poland and learn more, and from up-close, about the...

  • Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

    17 hours ago

    Holocaust survivors gathered in Krakow on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz amid unease regarding the safety of Jews in Europe.

    Some 100 survivors from 19 countries — each with a child, grandchild or companion — are expected to attend official ceremonies...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    19 hours ago

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

  • U.S. Democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

    20 hours ago

    Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Barack Obama has pledged to veto.

    "For those who agree...

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  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, season in jeopardy

    20 hours ago

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season could be over after the guard agreed to have surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Monday.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion will have surgery on Wednesday and a timeline for his return...

  • ‘All Jews must leave France’ —Really?

    21 hours ago

    Did the English leave England during WWII or did they head Winston Churchill’s words “NEVER NEVER NEVER Give in?”

    Did French Jews emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust to rebuild in France now to be finally purged from France by Islamists? 

    90,000 French Jews murdered in the...

  • For Cuban Jews, improved ties to U.S. may not resolve central challenges

    21 hours ago

    On a recent Friday night inside this city’s Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer shawl leading prayers in a mix of Spanish and near-perfect Hebrew.

    It was the first time she had ever led services – a feat considering she converted to...

  • World Zionist Congress elections: A voter’s guide

    21 hours ago

    World Zionist Congress elections began earlier this month and run through April 30. Here’s a primer on what the congress is, how (logistically) to vote, who’s on the ballot, and why you just might want to sign up for PayPal before casting your vote.

    What is it?

    The World...

  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

    21 hours ago

    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington...

  • Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

    21 hours ago

    Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is...

  • Israeli intel unit drops soldiers who refused to spy on Palestinians

    22 hours ago

    Israel's top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living in the West Bank, Army Radio said.

    The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General "A," barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime...

  • Foxman: Obama and Hollande won’t name Islamist threat

    22 hours ago

    The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, said President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande were refusing to name Islamists as a threat to society.

    Foxman made the assertion during a panel discussion Monday in the Czech capital to...

  • Orban acknowledges some Hungarians ‘chose evil over good’ in Holocaust

    22 hours ago

    Prime Minister Viktor Orban overcame unease within his government to acknowledge Hungary's role in the Holocaust on Monday, saying many people in the central European country acted "shamefully" in World War II.

    Speaking at a memorial for Jewish soldiers who died defending...

  • When the office is a death camp

    22 hours ago

    Seventy years ago this month, Germany evacuated 58,000 prisoners from the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, burning documents and blowing up gas chambers and crematoria. On Jan. 27 — the day now celebrated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day — the Soviet Red...

  • A month after Alan Gross’ arrival, a welcome-home party at his synagogue

    22 hours ago

    Alan Gross wore a gray suit, red tie and a perpetual smile as he took the stage Thursday night at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Md., at a welcome-home reception in his honor sponsored by dozens of Jewish organizations, including the the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater...

  • Hezbollah says Israel wants to set ‘new rules’ with Syria raid

    23 hours ago

    An Israeli attack which killed several prominent members of Lebanon's Hezbollah last week was an attempt by Israel to set "new rules" in the conflict between the two foes, Hezbollah's deputy leader said at a gathering to commemorate those who died.

    Sheikh Naim Qassem's comments...

  • Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

    1 day ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

    His visit to Washington in March has opened up a rift with the White House and...

  • Argentinian journalist flees to Israel, fearing for life

    1 day ago

    Argentina's cabinet chief on Monday said journalists could work safely in the country after the reporter who broke the news of the mysterious death of a state prosecutor fled to Israel, saying he feared for his life under the current government.

    On Jan. 18, Damian Pachter was the...

  • Record-breaking “exits,” SmartHomes, new Arab high tech and more - this week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 day ago

    Amazon's new Israeli purchase

    After the announcement that cloud storage giant Dropbox acquired Israel-based startup CloudOn, another Israeli company may be bought out by a big name oversees. According to Calcalist, Amazon is in negotiations with the Israeli chip-maker Annapurna...

  • Netanyahu in Washington: an attempt at having a dispassionate discussion

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    You probably know the basic facts. Netanyahu was invited by Speaker Boehner to speak about Iran in Congress. The Obama administration had no clue this was going to happen. The visit is scheduled for early March, two weeks before Israel's elections. The White House is furious –...

  • Liebermann: An Artist’s Studio

    By Milad Doroudian

    3 days ago

    In 2012, the famous Nazi apartment in Munich that held more than 1000 works of stolen art from all over Germany and the world, also held a few disparate pieces by the renowned Impressionist, Max Liebermann. Yet, outside of the art historian bromide-universe he is not so acclaimed,...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    4 days ago

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor

    4 days ago

    Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

    Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment late on Sunday, a gunshot wound to his...

  • Why I don’t want to watch the (white) Oscars this year

    By Ellie Herman

    4 days ago

    In my family, the Academy Awards are an annual event celebrated with the kind of specific rituals more often associated with major cultural events: the days of predictions beforehand, the festive spread of Fritos, onion dip and enough nosherai to feed a small army, the red-carpet...

  • Five years in the making, ‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

    By Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German.

    The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in...

  • Silver’s arrest a 2nd strike for N.Y. Orthodox power brokers

    4 days ago

    To critics of Albany’s culture of political corruption, the sight of the powerful longtime speaker of New York’s State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, getting arrested Thursday may have been a sign that even the state’s most powerful politicians are not immune from the long hand of the...

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    4 days ago

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    4 days ago

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor

    4 days ago

     Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

    Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment late on Sunday, a gunshot wound to...

  • Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff, likely out for season

    4 days ago

    Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, according to preliminary results of an MRI exam, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.

    Bryant, who hurt his right shoulder on a dunk in the second half of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, will return...

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