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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    7 hours 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...

  • David Landau, Haaretz editor and JTA’s longtime Israel bureau chief, dies at 67

    18 minutes ago

    David Landau, a British-born Israeli journalist who held top positions at several English-language publications, including JTA, has died.

    Landau died of brain cancer in Jerusalem on Tuesday. He was 67.

    Landau, who made aliyah in 1970, served part time as JTA’s Israel bureau...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    1 hour ago

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

  • Reporter who broke Nisman story in Israel insists Argentine gov’t pursued him

    2 hours ago

    Damian Pachter, the Argentine-Israeli journalist who was the first to report the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, said he feels safe now that he has arrived in Israel.

    Pachter, a writer for the Buenos Aires Herald, said he felt “pursued by the Argentine government” and that...

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  • Netanyahu’s planned speech roils Jewish lawmakers, pro-Israel community

    2 hours ago

    When Israel wants something from the United States, it typically makes three stops: the pro-Israel lobby, Jewish members of Congress and the White House.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored all three when he accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to...

  • Survivors relive horrors of ‘model ghetto’ Theresienstadt

    2 hours ago

    Dozens of survivors of the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague returned to the site for a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of their rescue.

    Tuesday’s commemoration took place on International Holocaust Memorial Day, which the United Nations set in 2005 for...

  • Survivors return to Auschwitz determined to share their stories

    2 hours ago

    What kept you alive? Did your non-Jewish friends reject you? Could you ever forgive?

    Those were some of the questions posed by Jewish young adults to Holocaust survivor Marcel Tuchman on Monday at the Galicia Jewish Museum here.

    “What kept me alive was having my father with...

  • A New Year for trees, Israeli and Palestinian

    3 hours ago

    Feeling discouraged about the current direction of Israeli politics, I was looking for another way of expressing my love for Israel when I hit on the idea of organizing a Tu B’Shevat Seder, the first I had ever conducted. 

    I thought I could compile my own “Hagaddah” including...

  • Walking in, and then out of a concentration camp

    4 hours ago

    How does one walk into a concentration camp, treading hallowed ground that bears witness to tragedy of unparalleled magnitude? Where the green grass belies what happened there. Where just outside the camp, people go about their daily business. Where the atrocities committed there...

  • New Year for trees: Savor fruits of the earth, consider their journey

    4 hours ago

    Sarah Newman writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food

    Tu B’Shevat, which translates literally as the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the Jewish New Year for Trees. Mentioned in the Talmud, the holiday marks the tithing of fruits...

  • Japan urges Jordan’s help in ISIS hostage crisis after video

    5 hours ago

    Japan pressed Jordan for help in securing the release of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants, after a video on Tuesday appeared to show him saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

    "Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan,"...

  • Jewish David Foster Wallace stuns at Sundance

    5 hours ago

    No, the late great writer David Foster Wallace was not Jewish – but the first actor to portray him onscreen is.

    Jason Segel, the Jewish actor known for his roles in films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Five-Year Engagement” as well as the popular TV show “How I Met...

  • Rockets explode in Golan Heights; no injuries reported

    6 hours ago

    Two rockets landed in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border.

    It was unclear who shot the rockets on Tuesday afternoon, according to Israeli reports. No injuries were reported.

    In response, the Israeli army shot artillery fire into Syria and heightened security in the area.

    ...
  • TV satire burns bright as Israeli election ‘campfire’

    6 hours ago

    When Israelis gather around the water cooler to discuss their March 17 election, odds are the conversation will turn to a television satire that has caught even President Barack Obama's notice in the past.

    Eretz Nehederet ("Wonderful Country"), which airs weekly on Israel's...

  • France’s Jewish migrants face challenge of life in Israel

    6 hours ago

    At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask if anyone spoke French. Having found a candidate, her first question was: "Where's the cheese counter?"

    For Jews coming to "the Jewish state" from all corners...

  • Hungary’s Orban acknowledges country’s complicity in Holocaust

    6 hours ago

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban apologized for Hungarians’ role in deporting Jews to concentration camps, his first acknowledgement of Hungarian complicity in the Holocaust.

    In a speech Monday at a Jewish cemetery in Budapest, Orban called the Holocaust a “national tragedy”...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    6 hours ago

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    6 hours ago

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    6 hours ago

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Lauder, Spielberg warn of rising anti-Semitism

    6 hours ago

    European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Governments must adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward preachers of hate and importers of jihad, World Jewish...

  • Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    6 hours ago

    When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp near...

  • Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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...

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

    1 day 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?

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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’

    1 day 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

    1 day 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...

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