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  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    2 days ago

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember

    2 days ago

    It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life.

    Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner, Yoni...

  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    2 days ago

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • IDF reserve officer disciplined for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

    2 days ago

    The Israel Defense Forces took disciplinary action against a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge.

    Israeli media on Tuesday identified the officer as former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky,...

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  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    2 days ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    2 days ago

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

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

    2 days ago

    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...

  • Israel says mortar fired from Gaza is first since August 26 truce

    3 days ago

    Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

    There were no casualties or damage from the incident, an Israeli...

  • ISIS-inspired lone wolves seen as posing ‘significant’ threat to Jews

    3 days ago

    Jewish institutions, which have faced attacks in recent years by lone wolves — extremists who draw their inspiration from the like-minded but act on their own — now must be wary of returnees from the Iraq-Syria arena who are trained and indoctrinated by the jihadist group ISIS, top...

  • Lone soldiers unwind at Lady Gaga concert

    3 days ago

    Israeli Lone Soldier Adam Berman admits that it was a “rough summer.”

    Berman, 24, made aliyah a year ago from Columbus, Ohio, serves at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza and lives on Kibbutz Alumim, also located on the Gaza border. So he did not escape this summer’s...

  • The Abuse We’re Still Not Talking About

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 days ago

    The news about the NFL’s Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson has put a spotlight, for the time being anyway, on domestic abuse. Whether it’s hitting a significant other or hitting a child, important issues are being raised about abuse, what proof of wrongdoing is required, what punishment...

  • Bill and Hillary disagree on Netanyahu? Not so much

    3 days ago

    Politico and Haaretz have seized on C-Span video from Iowa that they claim suggests Bill and Hillary Clinton diverge on how ready Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is for peace.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be stumping for an as yet unannounced presidential bid in...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    3 days ago

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    3 days ago

    A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

    Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region,...

  • Nazi sympathizer charged with hate crime after threatening Walmart employees

    3 days ago

    A New Hampshire man was properly charged with a hate crime for threatening two Walmart employees with anti-Semitic statements, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

    On Friday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Paul Costella on two counts of criminal threatening...

  • German on trial for ISIS ties played for Jewish soccer team

    3 days ago

    A German man on trial for being a member of the jihadist group ISIS once played for a Jewish soccer club.

    Kreshnik Berisha, 20, went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, The Associated Press reported. Berisha is alleged to have traveled to Syria, where he fought with ISIS for five...

  • U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

    3 days ago

    The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

    Serry told the U.N. Security Council...

  • Jewish group at Penn ends student stipend program following parent objections

    3 days ago

    An independent Jewish organization at the University of Pennsylvania has stopped offering students a stipend to participate in one of its programs after parents objected to the practice.

    Since 2004, Meor has offered a $400 stipend for students to participate in its Maimonides...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    3 days ago

    A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

    Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region,...

  • Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

    3 days ago

    The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,”...

  • 70 years on, a missing private comes home

    3 days ago

    The scene at Arlington National Cemetery last Friday was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer — one of the “Arlington Ladies” who attend to the needs of...

  • Golden Dawn member convicted for threatening to put migrants in ovens

    3 days ago

    A member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was found guilty of inciting racist violence after threatening to turn immigrants into soap and to put them in ovens.

    Alexandros Plomeratis, a losing candidate for the party in recent elections, was given a one-year suspended jail...

  • Komen organization apologizes for Houston race’s Yom Kippur date

    3 days ago

    The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

    Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    3 days ago

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    3 days ago

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Israel’s political mini-drama: a short guide for the (justifiably) perplexed

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Is Israel going to have another election much sooner than expected, much sooner than needed, and much sooner than what most of its parties want? There is still a good chance that the coalition is going to survive, but also signs that it might not. Too many people are climbing too...

  • Marvelous Malaysia: Housesitting in Langkawi

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    3 days ago

    While sitting in our guesthouse in Fortuna, Costa Rica last Fall, I was imagining our upcoming trip to Volcan Arenal when I found a housesitting assignment in Langkawi, Malaysia in the Caretakers Gazette. After nearly a year and a half on the road, staying in one place for three...

  • Brussels Jewish Museum opens its doors four months after shooting

    3 days ago

    Four months after a shooting that killed four people, the Brussels Jewish Museum opened its doors to the public again on Sunday in a solemn ceremony attended by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

    The museum in central Brussels had been closed since the May 24 attack by a gunman...

  • Israel falls to Argentina in relocated Davis Cup match

    3 days ago

    Israel lost in the Davis Cup to Argentina in a match that was moved from Tel Aviv to Florida due to the conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

    Israel lost 3-2 after dropping the two singles’ matches on Sunday in Sunrise, Fla. Argentina, which was favored, will go on to vie for the 2015...

  • Belarus museum opens exhibit about Ariel Sharon

    3 days ago

    The National History Museum of Belarus inaugurated an exhibition about Ariel Sharon.

    Titled “Profile of a Leader,” the exhibition on the late Israeli prime minister was launched Monday on the entrance floor of the state museum. The ceremony was attended by diplomats, Jewish...

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