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  • Don’t make me shlep my heart: Breaking down the Jewish dating scene

    5 days ago

    Dating. It’s like going out for ice cream. That’s right, ice cream, the official food of heaven (idk probably). Sometimes you’re craving a certain flavor, sometimes it makes you sick, other times it’s too much like “Whoa these are the size of your scoops, how does anyone ever...

  • Colorado movie gunman James Holmes sentenced to 12 lifetimes in prison

    5 days ago

    Condemning the movie massacre gunman to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a Batman film, a Colorado judge on Wednesday said evil and mental illness were not mutually exclusive.

    "It is the court's intention that the...

  • Torah portion: ‘I am walking because our babies are dying’

    5 days ago

    On Aug. 19, I sat down with an African-American grandmother from Detroit to share breakfast. We sat at a plastic table under a tent in the parking lot of Ebenezer Baptist Church West in Athens, Ga. I was there to take part in America’s Journey for Justice, an 860-mile march from...

  • Masa Israel broadens study-abroad options

    By Elyse Glickman

    5 days ago

    Many college students have romantic notions of studying abroad in places like Italy or France, but Aaron White found himself at Tel Aviv University thanks to Masa Israel Journey, a program that connects young Jewish adults with study-abroad, internship and volunteer opportunities...

  • Q&A with Ron Wolfson

    By Susan Freudenheim

    5 days ago

    Ron Wolfson, the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University, has long been at the forefront of reinventing and sustaining synagogue life. His emphasis on what he calls “Relational Judaism,” stressing personal connections over programing, has influenced...

  • Curt Shilling compares Muslims to Nazis and gets suspended from ESPN

    5 days ago

    As one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball for nearly 20 years, Curt Schilling didn’t make many errors. On Tuesday, however, he admitted that he made a costly one.

    The three-time World Series champion on Tuesday morning tweeted an image of Hitler against a dark...

  • Temple sisterhoods try to keep pace with changing times

    By Tess Cutler

    5 days ago

    Ah, the trustworthy temple sisterhood. Just uttering its name conjures up images of women in the kitchen prepping for an oneg: kugel in the oven, challah on the platter, women chatting among themselves. This is the sisterhood of our memories. 

    But that was then, and this is now:...

  • Letters to the editor: Thai slavery, Klezmer at the Skirball, Iran deal op-eds and more

    5 days ago

    Slaves at Sea

    I would like to commend Saw Yan Naing’s continued coverage in the Jewish Journal of the persecution of Burmese refugees by Thai slavers (“A Story of Modern Slavery in Thailand,” Aug. 21). His reportage calls to mind an earlier era when, after April 1975, Vietnamese,...

  • How Moishe House is helping turn social lives into Jewish life

    By Aron Chilewich

    5 days ago

    “Are you all from Moishe House?” Ben Zauzmer asked as he approached a circle of about 15 young adults, all in their early to mid-20s, who were eating sandwiches on the lawn of the Silver Lake Recreation Center on a recent Saturday morning. They were, so he joined the group,...

  • Calendar: August 28 - September 3

    By Amanda Epstein

    5 days ago

    FRI  | AUG 28 


    Impro Theatre kicks off the season with what Entertainment Today calls “the most uproarious, side-splitting laughter-till-you-drop show.” “Sondheim UnScripted” is a completely improvised musical in the style of Broadway’s acclaimed artist,...

  • FIFA’s Israel-Palestinian committee meets for first time

    5 days ago

    A new FIFA committee began its attempt to settle the dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian football federations when it met for the first time on Wednesday, soccer's world governing body said.

    The meeting was chaired by South African businessman and former political...

  • Obituaries: Week of August 28, 2015

    5 days ago

    Philip Held died July 19 at 57. Survived by wife Silvia; daughter Dara; stepson Charles Nagin; stepdaughter Leslie Garcia; 4 grandchildren; sisters Linda Shabot, Ellen Gordon. Hillside

    Martin Hyson died July 22 at 95. Survived by daughter Marie (Robert) Stiles; son Steven; 2...

  • Is ISIS here to stay?

    5 days ago

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has already outlived predictions of its early demise offered by some US military officials. The Islamist group has survived the near fatal assassination of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi by airstrike earlier this year and has continued its voracious march...

  • Virginia TV journalists killed in on-air shooting; suspect shoots himself

    5 days ago

    Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview, and authorities said the suspect appeared to be a disgruntled current or former employee of the TV station.

    Police pursued the suspect and in the late morning, an...

  • What ingredients should never go in the fridge?

    By Elana Horwich

    5 days ago

    1. Tomatoes.
    2. Garlic.
    3. Onions.

    I did not invent these no-­refrigeration principles. The Italians did. I am just the messenger. My cooking students across the country have learned what all Italians know, as they are essential to the outcome of good cooking.


  • New Pew report highlights Modern Orthodox Jewry straddling two worlds

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    Just as Charedi Jews in the United States are likely to enroll their kids in a yeshiva, attend synagogue every week and vote Republican, so too are Modern Orthodox Jews.

    But also, just as non-Orthodox Jews in the United States tend not to marry before the age of 25, earn at least...

  • The Conversion exchange, part 1: Does Israel care about conversion?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting lecturer at Israel’s Open University and head of a research group at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as a an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University and as an...


    5 days ago

    [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two (or more) entries looking at topics in the realms of ‘Planned Dying’, Suicide, ‘Assisted Suicide’, Euthanasia, and a ‘right to die’. These two entries look at the subject from different perspectives. The thoughts expressed are those of the...

  • My High Holy Days Dilemma

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    5 days ago

    As we walk further into the month of Elul and prepare for the High Holy Days, we look back over the past year. What did we do right that we want to continue through the coming year? What do we wish we had done differently, and how can we right our past wrongs?

    Our High Holy Day...

  • When Your Child Isn’t on the Guest List

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    5 days ago

    Jewish schooling is a huge investment.  We spend a large portion of our after tax money to belong to a community that is loving, nurturing and all inclusive.  The school constituents become our family. 

    For years, I heard the complaints of friends with older children attending...

  • Chris Christie, appearing with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, slams Iran deal

    6 days ago

    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a news conference alongside Jewish leaders including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach urged Congress to block the Iran nuclear deal.

    Christie, the governor of New Jersey, at the Rutgers University Chabad House in New Brunswick, New Jersey,...

  • Trump’s lead grows as Bush slips in Republican White House race

    6 days ago

    Republican Jeb Bush's support is slipping in the race for the party's presidential nomination, and front-runner Donald Trump has opened a 20-point lead over his closest rivals, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Tuesday.

    Republican backing for Bush dipped from 16 percent to 8...

  • Kirk Douglas and wife donating $80 million in new gifts

    6 days ago

    Actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, announced plans to donate $80 million in new gifts to an array of charitable causes.

    In a Hollywood Reporter interview published Monday, Douglas, 98, said major beneficiaries will include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Motion...

  • Travel warnings issued for Israelis in advance of holidays

    6 days ago

    The “global terrorist campaign” by Iran and Hezbollah continues to threaten Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau said in its annual list of travel warnings.

    “Recent terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists over the past year in Belgium,...

  • Friendship 101: Old & New on a Search for Happy

    By Ilana Angel

    6 days ago

    It has been an interesting couple of weeks. I am experiencing moments of happiness and sadness, which is normal, but they seem to be happening simultaneously, which is quite frankly exhausting. I know a lot of people, but I don’t have a lot of close friends. I don’t trust a lot of...

  • Israel’s football team playing Spain in first international game

    6 days ago

    Israel’s national football team will compete in Spain in its first official international game.

    The Israelis will play the Spanish national team on Sunday in a bid to qualify for the International Federation of American Football’s B-Group International Tournament in 2016.


  • Withhold U.S. aid over Palestinian teens’ deaths, U.S. lawmaker suggests

    6 days ago

    A Minnesota congresswoman called on State Department officials to investigate whether the killing of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli soldiers requires the withholding of U.S. military aid.

    Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, in a letter made public Monday sought the probe over...

  • Terror cell planning Joseph’s Tomb attack is arrested

    6 days ago

    Israel’s security service said it arrested a Palestinian terror cell that was planning an attack on Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb.

    A statement released by the Shin Bet on Tuesday did not say when the arrest of the four-member cell based in the West Bank took place. The...

  • U.S. judge says Palestinian Authority must post bond in terrorism case

    6 days ago

    A U.S. judge ordered the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization on Monday to post $10 million in cash or bond while they appeal a jury's finding that they supported militant attacks in Israel.

    At a court hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge George...

  • Seder lessons for the High Holy Day services

    6 days ago

    For the greater part of the last decade, my wife Rachel and I have led communal Passover sedarim and services, as well as High Holy Days Services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in Manhattan. The first seven years of leading services were geared towards unaffiliated young...

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