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  • In heritage month proclamation, Obama says U.S. Jews still face bigotry

    5 days ago

    Jews continue to face bigotry in the United States, President Barack Obama said in his Jewish Heritage Month proclamation.

    “This year, Jewish American Heritage Month begins as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau by American soldiers,” Obama...

  • Kathmandu Chabad rabbi pilots helicopter in Nepal relief effort

    5 days ago

    The co-director of the Kathmandu Chabad house director piloted a borrowed Nepali helicopter to bring food and water to hikers stranded in the aftermath of the earthquake.

    Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz took the plane to the mountainous region of Dhunche on Wednesday, according to Chabad....

  • An incomplete view of Mark Rothko

    5 days ago

    Annie Cohen-Solal previously has written two extremely well-received biographies – one on Jean-Paul Sartre and another on the famous art dealer Leo Castelli, but she can’t seem to find on the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Her new biography, “Mark Rothko” (Yale...

  • National security adviser: U.S. expects next Israeli gov’t to recommit to two states

    5 days ago


    The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

    “President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the...

  • N.Y. transit authority bans all political advertising

    5 days ago

    New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to ban all political advertising on its subways and buses, allowing it to refuse to display an ad about Muslims killing Jews.

    The resolution passed Wednesday night at the MTA board meeting in a 9-2 vote and the ban became...

  • Father of missing Israeli hiker joins search in Nepal

    5 days ago

    The father of the only Israeli missing in the Nepal earthquake arrived on the scene to help in the search.

    Members of Or Asraf’s Israel Defense Forces combat unit also touched down Wednesday afternoon in Nepal to help look for their comrade, the only Israeli who has not made...

  • Woody Allen’s new film about — guess what? — an older man falling for a young babe

    5 days ago

    A philosophy professor has an existential crisis. He falls for one of his students, who is much younger than he is. His feelings for her give him a new lease on life.

    Sound familiar? Is there any doubt as to who directed this new film?

    Even the most ardent defenders of Woody...

  • Transgender Jews: Beyond the Rainbow

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    5 days ago

    Deborah attends services at Temple Aliyah nearly every week, but on a Friday night two years ago, she was nervous. Her daughter, Rebecca, then 18 and known all of her life as Jeremy, had chosen the Kabbalat Shabbat service to come out in public dressed as a woman for the first...

  • Calendar May 2-8

    By Laura Donney

    5 days ago

    MON | MAY 4 - THU | MAY 7
    With screening upon screening and Q-and-A upon Q-and-A, the options for the 2015 L.A. Jewish Film Festival are big on quantity
    and quality. There are North American and West Coast premieres and films ranging from thrillers...
  • Amid the violence: Background on Baltimore’s Jews

    5 days ago

    The April 19 death of an African-American resident of Baltimore, Freddie Gray, while in police custody triggered a wave of protests in the city and shined a light on its history of police brutality and racial and economic disparities. On Monday, the protests turned violent, giving...

  • Letters to the editor: The Salon, Cornel West, Keeping the Faith and more

    5 days ago

    Salute to Salon

    I was reminded of the Pablo Picasso mural “Guernica” while reading about Rob Eshman’s experience (“A Night at the Salon,” April 24). Picasso had finally discovered a vocabulary to illuminate the pain and despair of Spain’s civilians and he would now be able to...

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders makes run for president official

    5 days ago

    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made it official: He will run for president as a Democrat.

    An Independent who calls himself a “Democratic Socialist,” Sanders made the announcement Thursday morning in an email to supporters. He had confirmed the run a day earlier in an interview...

  • Netanyahu signs first partners in new Israeli coalition

    5 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed up his first partners on Wednesday for a new coalition government, a lawmaker and spokeswoman said, putting him on course to lead a heavily right-leaning cabinet.

    The deals with the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party...

  • Alden solovy, wounded but still defending women of the wall

    By Aron Chilewich

    5 days ago

    In 2013, an Israeli court ruling gave women the legal right to pray at the Western Wall according to their own customs; they could wear tallit , use tefillin and read from Torah. However, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Orthodox chief rabbi of the wall, found a simple loophole: By...

  • Tensions high along Israel-Syria border, but nobody wants war

    5 days ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tensions have flared along Israel’s northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive...

  • 5 short comments on Israel’s almost-a-coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago


    Israel almost has a new coalition and a new government. Yesterday, Netanyahu completed the first round of negotiations and signed an agreement with two parties – Koolanu (Kahlon) and United Torah Judaism, the Ashkenazi Haredi party. Kahlon is easing himself into the role of...

  • Judge with generosity

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    5 days ago

    “With righteousness shall you judge your fellow.”

    So reads a verse in this morning’s parsha (Leviticus 19:15). The rabbis comment, “From here we learn, that we are required to judge others favorably, to give them the benefit of the doubt.”

    This is a beguiling sort of...

  • How to Make Personalized Soap for Mother’s Day Gifts

    By Jonathan Fong

    5 days ago

    Mother’s Day is May 10, just around the corner, which probably means that right about now you’re panicking about what gift to give to the mother figure in your life. The problem is, moms never need anything.

    Your mom doesn’t need another journal. Or a candle. Or perfume. What she...

  • International Red Cross chief slams group’s WWII record

    5 days ago

    The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.”

    Peter Maurer, presenting the keynote address Tuesday at a Geneva commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi...

  • Bloomberg’s Genesis Prize money goes to work

    5 days ago

    During a ceremony announcing the winners of the Genesis Generation Challenge, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to set aside any confusion: “No, the [Genesis Prize] award will not go only to a ruggedly handsome international heartthrob named Michael,” he jested.

  • Russian bookstores remove ‘Maus’ over swastika on cover

    5 days ago

    Russian bookstores began removing the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” from their shelves due to the large swastika on its cover.

    Concerns about raids by the authorities to remove the symbol ahead of May 9, when Russia will observe 70 years since the victory over the Nazis,...

  • Haredi Orthodox Israelis dodge draft law

    5 days ago

    So, the Israel Defense Forces won’t be drafting haredi Orthodox Israelis, after all.

    That’s the upshot of a coalition deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly sign with United Torah Judaism, Israel’s Ashkenazi haredi Orthodox party. The agreement, which...

  • Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections

    5 days ago


    Seth Wong’s place of work is heavily cluttered, with shelves loaded with moldy bagels, stale cake and fermenting carrots. There’s a not-so-faint smell of urine in the air.

    But if all goes according to plan for Wong and his new business partner, JJ Slatkin, their new office...

  • Fired Al Jazeera America employee sues network alleging anti-Semitism

    5 days ago

    A fired Al Jazeera America employee is suing the network alleging a hostile work environment that included “discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks.”

    According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Matthew Luke was fired in February 10 days...

  • Seeing the future

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    6 days ago

    On the whole, I don’t believe in direct prophecy or in seeing the future.  But, this past Sunday evening, at the Dr. Hassan Hathout Foundation annual gathering, where I was humbled and privileged to be a speaker, I met and learned from a man who made me feel like I was seeing the...

  • On Dachau’s 70th anniversary of liberation, a new “Arbeit macht frei” gate

    6 days ago

    A German blacksmith who painstakingly rebuilt an iron gate at the Dachau concentration camp bearing the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan  hoped no one would notice his work was a replica.

    Michael Poitner said he was honoured to win the contract to...

  • Don Mankiewicz dies at 93

    6 days ago

    Writer Don Mankiewicz, nominated  for an Oscar for his screenplay of “I  Want to Live!”died peacefully at home,  surrounded by family, friends and the  two loves of his life, his wife Carol and  his dog, Valentina. The cause of death  was congestive heart failure. He was  93 years...

  • At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance

    6 days ago

    At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together last weekend under gray skies on a ground alive with memories doing their part for the future.

    “I ask young people to please take the right decisions...

  • Argentina’s foreign minister quits AMIA Jewish center for blocking joint bombing probe

    6 days ago

    Argentina’s foreign minister resigned his membership in the Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center, the site of a deadly bombing in 1994.

    Hector Timerman, who is Jewish, sent a letter on Tuesday to the president of AMIA expressing his “indeclinable resignation” due to the...

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