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  • An Urgent Call to Rescind Cornel West’s Invitation to Speak in memory of Rabbi Heschel

    4 days ago

    The Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA recently announced that Cornel West will be the keynote speaker at a conference honoring the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. This appointment is both reprehensible and an affront to the memory of Rabbi Heschel, who was a proud Zionist.

  • From Memorial Day to Independence Day

    4 days ago

    In a few hours, Israel’s Memorial Day will end and Israel’s Independence Day will begin.

    As they say here, once the clock strikes 8 p.m. we will change from a drop of red blood on green fabric to a drop of blue hope on white fabric. The colors could not be more different, but...

  • Resolutions Alone Won’t Protect Jewish Students From Campus Anti-Semitism

    4 days ago

    Breaking news from Palo Alto: Stanford undergraduate Molly Horwitz, a candidate for the Student Senate, was vetted by the Students of Color Coalition about her fitness for office. According to Horowitz, she was asked: “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on...

  • Remembering Life by Jean Berman

    4 days ago

    I have an affinity for the passage we use from the Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs while washing the body of the meit/deceased:


    How beautiful you are, my beloved friend:

    your eyes are doves from behind your

    tresses; your hair as a flock of goats that

    trail down from Mount...

  • Pope Francis to bestow knighthood on New York rabbi

    4 days ago

    Pope Francis will confer papal knighthood on Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue.
    Schneier, the founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and a Holocaust survivor, is being honored for his work promoting peace and mutual understanding, according to...

  • Jewish Agency recognizes terror victims outside of Israel

    4 days ago

    The Jewish Agency for Israel remembered the victims of anti-Semitic attacks outside of Israel at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Israel’s Memorial Day.

    Wednesday’s memorial focused on the victims of the terror attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jewish...

  • NFL schedule: Jews won’t be happy about football’s Rosh Hashanah start date

    4 days ago

    On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life.

    But Jewish football fans may be spending the holiday thinking about something else: the NFL opening games they are missing.

    The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, and the season kickoff...

  • WikiLeaks dump shows Sony concerned by its cameras used in Gaza bombings

    4 days ago

    Sony Pictures Entertainment executives were concerned about a news report that showed one of its cameras being used to guide Israeli rockets bombing Gaza.
    Correspondence about the situation from last August was part of the release by WikiLeaks last week of more than 173,000 emails...

  • Israel sends delegation to Armenia for rites marking mass WWI killings

    4 days ago

    Israel has sent an official delegation to ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the mass murder of Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I.
    Armenia will hold ceremonies over the weekend to mark the tragedy, which some call the Armenian Genocide. Israel has resisted...

  • Lucy Aharish, Arab-Israeli trailblazer, among Independence Day torch lighters

    4 days ago

    An Arab-Israeli woman will be among the 12 Israelis to light a torch at this year’s official Independence Day ceremony.

    Lucy Aharish, 33, is the first Muslim-Arab news anchor on Israeli television. Her announcement as a torch lighter has raised the hackles of both the far right...

  • Why doesn’t the world care about Palestinian refugees in Syria?

    4 days ago

    It’s happening again — Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight.

    In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at the Sabra and Shatila camps, when Lebanese...

  • Jewish groups to protest pro-Palestinian gathering in Berlin

    4 days ago

    A coalition of Jewish and pro-Israel groups is planning to protest a pro-Palestinian event in Berlin that is alleged to have ties to Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

    Fearing a resurgence of the hate speech and violence that marked last summer’s anti-Israel protests in Germany, the...

  • Three rabbis convicted in religious divorce ring

    4 days ago

    Three rabbis were convicted of planning to kidnap Jewish men in order to force them to grant their wives a religious writ of divorce.

    The rabbis, who are Orthodox, were convicted late Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Two of the...

  • Major Clinton Foundation backer, a supporter of Jewish causes, trades with Iran

    4 days ago

    The largest single donor to the Clinton Foundation, a Ukrainian businessman who backs Jewish causes, reportedly also trades with Iran, according to Newsweek.

    Victor Pinchuk, a Jewish pipeline magnate, has sold his pipelines to Iran, the magazine reported Tuesday.

    The report...

  • Daily Kickoff: Jeb to visit Ramaz | Replica of Iran’s nuclear facility in Tennessee | Uber’s Hummus

    By Jewish Insider

    5 days ago

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    HAPPENING TODAY: "One Israeli Soldier, 23 Namesakes and a Day of Remembrance" by Jodi Rudoren: "She had but one son, and he died childless at 21. Yet that boy spawned a generation. At least 23...
  • Become a More Independent You!

    By Revital Belz

    5 days ago

    Now that Yom Ha’Atzmaut is around the corner, I’ve begun thinking a lot about the meaning of independence. What does it mean for someone to gain one’s independence?

    Why is so much emphasis placed on the importance of becoming socially or financially independent? Being...

  • Son of George Soros launches Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC…and it’s not about Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    A Jewish political action committee  (PAC) devoted solely to promoting progressive stances on domestic issues in the United States was launched April 21 by the nonprofit Bend the Arc. The new PAC is the first of its kind among this country’s more than 30 Jewish PACs, most of which...

  • UCLA Jewish Studies head stands behind keynote invitation to Cornel West for Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    Amidst objections from some leading Jewish voices at UCLA to an invitation to Cornel West—an author, academic and an outspoken critic of Israel—to serve as the keynote speaker at an upcoming UCLA conference to honor the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Todd Presner, director of...

  • Diminishing Heschel

    5 days ago

    Today we received an email from UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies.The mailing reported on the impressive array of programs that the Center seems to be constantly sponsoring. One program, however, caught our eye, a conference on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel---"Moral Grandeur &...

  • Reconstructionists consider dropping ban on intermarried rabbis

    By Julie Bien

    5 days ago

    The Reconstructionist movement is on the cusp of making a historic decision about whether to drop its longstanding ban against intermarried rabbinical school students.

    If the policy change passes, as most expect, Reconstructionism would become the first of America’s...

  • Trevor Noah Eats Brisket with Jackie Mason at Hadassah Dinner

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    5 days ago

    Trevor Noah, future Daily Show host, came under fire a few weeks ago for past tweets that some found anti-semitic. A number of writers and bloggers, including those at the Jewish Journal, voiced concerns about the direction in which he will take The Daily Show. Then, a week or so...

  • Springtime for Talaat Pasha

    5 days ago

    In 1967, barely twenty years after Nazi officers faced an international military tribunal for crimes against humanity, a Jewish-American comedy writer made his directing debut with a film lampooning the Third Reich. “The Producers,” by Mel Brooks, was, upon its release,...

  • An open letter to Cornel West

    By Judea Pearl

    5 days ago

    Judea Pearl is Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

    Dear Professor West,

    This is a humble request sent to you from a rank-and-file Jewish professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where you...

  • Yom HaZikaron event tonight at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center

    5 days ago

    Temple of the Arts is partnering tonight, April 21, with dozens of Jewish synagogues and organizations from all denominations and specialties for a special inaugural Yom HaZikaron event at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre. The evening's special feature will be a...

  • Open Letter to Mayim Bialik

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    5 days ago

    Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik announced this week that her father died during Passover. She is deep in mourning, and her brief but heartfelt post about it, “Mourning my Father’s Death,” brought up some important points which I believe deserve a response.

    Dear Mayim –


  • Name of Palestinian teen killed in revenge slaying removed from Israel’s memorial

    5 days ago

    The name of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews in a revenge killing, was removed from Israel’s national memorial at the request of his parents.

    The name was removed on Tuesday afternoon, hours after news reports that Khdeir’s...

  • Federal gun trial for Robert Durst delayed until September

    5 days ago

    The trial of real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst on a federal weapons charge in New Orleans has been delayed until September after his lawyers requested more time to prepare his defense, court records show.

    Durst's lawyers had sought his speedy extradition to Los...

  • Judge orders NY transit agency to run ‘Killing Jews’ ad

    5 days ago

    A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.

    U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in...

  • Recycling toilet water and 4 other Israeli answers to California’s drought

    5 days ago

    For help facing its worst drought in centuries, California should look to a country that beat its own chronic water shortage: Israel.

    Until a few years ago, Israel’s wells seemed like they were always running dry. TV commercials urged Israelis to conserve water. Newspapers...

  • Israelis among world’s least religious, poll finds

    5 days ago

    Israel may be the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, but it is also one of the world’s least religious nations, according to a new poll.

    The WIN/Gallup poll of 63,898 residents in 65 countries found that 65 percent of Israelis described themselves as either not religious or...

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