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  • Israel’s all in for NBA’s Cavaliers, Netanyahu tells coach David Blatt

    1 day ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted him to offer him Israel’s support in the NBA Finals.

    “He said all of Israel is behind the Cavaliers,” Blatt said Sunday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That was great.

  • Kerry to fly home on U.S. military plane after breaking leg

    1 day ago

    A U.S. military aircraft from a base in Germany will transport Secretary of State John Kerry to Boston from Geneva for medical treatment for a broken leg, his spokesman said on Monday.

    Kerry, 71, broke his right leg on Sunday in an accident while cycling a portion of the Tour de...

  • Joe Biden’s son Beau dies of brain cancer; 46

    1 day ago

    Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president said. He was 46.

    "The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words," Vice President Biden said in a statement released by the White...

  • Should you care if Rabbi Riskin loses his job?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    There is more than one way to look at the battle between Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and Efrat’s rabbi, Shlomo Riskin. The story itself is simple: Riskin is 75 years old. He is also a relatively moderate Orthodox rabbi – that is, if you discount his embarrassing comment comparing...

  • Hollywood: Your Home Away from Home Part 2

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    Part Two: A night out in Hollywood is many people's dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, "Your Home Away From Home!" (Part One: click here)

    VIDEOThe Redbury Hotel Hollywood  From the Redbury: "Situated at the...

  • Sunday Reads: The IDF’s views on the Palestinian Authority, Arthur Miller’s forgotten Holocaust play

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago


    Brookings’ Richard Sokolsky and Jeremy Shapiro write about America’s problem with its ‘free-riding allies’:

    The United States should not always expect allies to do well or exactly what it wants. But taking such risks is necessary for building true capacity. American...

  • Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque

    3 days ago

    More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

  • Moving and Shaking: Harriet Rossetto, AJWS, TCRF and Israel Advocacy

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Harriet Rossetto, the founder and executive vice president of Beit T’Shuvah, a residential treatment center and educational institution in Culver City, has been named a 2015 Advocate for Action by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

    ONDCP Director...

  • ‘Spring Awakening’ finds a voice at Deaf West Theatre

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 days ago

    At the beginning of Deaf West Theatre’s reimagining of the rock musical “Spring Awakening,” set in 1890s provincial Germany, a naïve deaf teenager, Wendla, begs her prudish mother to tell her how babies are born.  

    “I’m an aunt for the second time now, and I still have no idea...

  • Israeli shoes (re-)teach the brain how to walk

    4 days ago

    Picture the last time you went for a walk: You may have negotiated uneven pavement, or stepped from grass onto a dirt trail, adjusting to the differences in terrain without much thought.

    People with some walking disorders don’t have that ability, but an Israeli-designed invention...

  • President Bernie

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Just because he looks like Larry David’s angry uncle, and just because he is the only Democratic socialist in the United States Senate, and just because he represents a heavily forested state best known for a breakfast condiment, doesn’t mean you should dismiss Bernie Sanders.

  • How good is good enough?

    By Ellie Herman

    4 days ago

    Embarrassing confession: I am addicted to inspirational teacher movies. You know what I’m talking about. Hilary Swank in “Freedom Writers,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds,” Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver,” Sidney Poitier in “To Sir, With Love.”  

    Those teachers...

  • Family legacy continues at Yeshiva, times five: A story of Modern Orthodoxy in America

    By Simone Wilson

    4 days ago

    Two columns of Yeshiva University graduates — one of young women, in blow-outs and stilettos; and one of young men, the knots of their skinny ties peeking out above their robes — filed into Prudential Center, home arena of the New Jersey Devils, on May 17. They whooped and hooted,...

  • Family’s link to VBS is all relative

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Sometimes the old adage really is true: The family that prays together stays together. The Braun family, whom Valley Beth Shalom is honoring at its June 7 “Living Our Legacy: Celebrating the Best of Valley Beth Shalom” ceremony, is a family whose relationship with VBS spans five...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

  • Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

    4 days ago

    Vladimir Katriuk, a native Ukrainian who avoided deportation from Canada for 64 years after hiding his Nazi past to move there, died peacefully in Quebec.

    Katriuk, who was 93, died on May 22, according to his lawyer.

    For years Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s...

  • Hebrew Hoops Basketball Camp Coming to LA

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    4 days ago

    One of my passions is Jewish college students. I have had the honor of being a campus rabbi at Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and for the last two years with University of Southern California Hillel.

    So many of our Jewish students are passionate about life and making the world a...

  • Bridging the gap: A new paradigm for change

    4 days ago

    I had occasion recently to revisit the Masters Thesis I wrote in 1972 for my degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. I needed to reference it for an article I’m writing… and I was curious to see whether I would have been able to pass the Zelikow School’s...

  • U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears

    4 days ago

    U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

    A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S....

  • Palestinians drop bid to suspend Israel from FIFA

    4 days ago

    The Palestinian soccer association withdrew its bid to have members of the FIFA world soccer body vote on whether to suspend Israel.

    The head of the Palestine Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, on Friday said in announcing the move: “I thank those who convinced me to drop the...

  • Hezbollah agent believed to be planning attack on Israelis arrested in Cyprus

    4 days ago

    Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers reported on Friday.

    The 26-year-old man is Lebanese-born and has a Canadian passport. He...

  • The Search for Inner Space

    By Mindy Leaf

    4 days ago

    It's come down to my morning shower. That's the only time it seems, of late, when I can be quietly alone, free to think undisturbed. At all other times, I'd say we are living in a 1984 world, surrounded by TV screens blasting 24-hour news that's hardly news at all, but still...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parasha Nasso with Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Our guest this week Is Rabbi Mark Borovitz, CEO and Senior Rabbi of the Beit T’Shuvah center in Los Angeles. Rabbi Borovitz is a graduate of National University with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science, a recipient of a Masters in Rabbinic Literature, and was ordained as a...

  • Broadcast newsman Murray Fromson looks back at storied career

    5 days ago

    As a young child growing up in the Bronx, N.Y., Murray Fromson admired Edward R. Murrow’s reports from London during World War II.

    “I was enamored of him,” Fromson said. “I’d go to sleep with a pencil under my pillow, pretending it was a microphone.”

    Not only did Fromson...

  • ADL hosts discussion on coming out and fitting in

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    Wearing a suit and tie and sporting a beard and a closely cropped haircut, Seth Marnin explained at an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) panel discussion that people are often startled to learn he was once a woman. 

    A transgender Jew, Marnin recalled confusing an acquaintance by...

  • Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

    5 days ago

    President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death.

    The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff on Thursday during a trip to Miami.


  • Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

    5 days ago

    Ice Cube has never had the most cordial relationship with the Jewish community. In 1991, the Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned his album “Death Certificate,” noting that many lyrics were racist and one of the songs called for the murder of a Jewish music industry figure. His song...

  • Attacking the messenger and not the message

    5 days ago

    It is sad that Barbra Miner resorts to the old ploy of attacking the messenger and not the message.

    Yes, I was upset and passionate about the presence of Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jews—also known as Hebrew Christians— and other missionaries at the Celebrate Israel Festival.


  • The best Herman Wouk story (almost) no one has read

    5 days ago

    There were countless well-deserved tributes yesterday to Herman Wouk on his 100th birthday.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning American Jewish author will be celebrated for his classic works, such as “Marjorie Morningstar,” “The Caine Mutiny,” “The Winds of War” and “War and...

  • If Catholic Ireland said ‘yes’ – could Israel ever do the same?

    5 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    In a few weeks Eli and Ron will celebrate their relationship with a wedding to be held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. There will be food, friends, music and a ceremony. But as far as the state of Israel is concerned, no marriage...

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