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  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    3 days ago

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

    The video statement, issued from...

  • ‘1913: Seeds of Conflict’ traces the roots of Arab-Israeli unrest

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Considering the State of Israel’s volatile history, it may come as a surprise to learn that 100 years ago, Jews and Arabs lived side by side in relative harmony in Palestine under Ottoman rule.

    What changed and why? The documentary special “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” premiering on...

  • Religious redemption of the LGBT Community

    3 days ago

    When I was in Rabbinical School in New York the early 2000s, I came across a group of women who identified as both Orthodox and Lesbian. They welcomed me into their fold.

    Over the years, as I got to know members of this group, I realized the religious pain and shame that each had...

  • Ku Klux Klan plans pro-Confederate flag rally in South Carolina

    3 days ago

    The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the South Carolina Capitol, where a man was arrested on Monday night in a confrontation with anti-flag protesters over a symbol associated with slavery.

    The Civil War-era flag has emerged as a flashpoint after a...

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  • Boomers: Pack your bags

    By Julie Bien

    3 days ago

    Now that the kids are out of the house, there’s time to travel like the freewheeling college student you once were — only now, you have the funds to enjoy it in style. These items will help get you going. Bon voyage!

    The CANON EOS REBEL T6i DSLR CAMERA WITH 18-55mm LENS ($849)...

  • Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

    3 days ago

    Rabbis from Israel and Ukraine opened an office in eastern Ukraine that will help prospective immigrants to Israel prove they are Jewish.

    The office, which opened last week in Dnepropetrovsk, aims to facilitate the process for those seeking to immigrate to Israel under its Law of...

  • Inspiring salads for today’s health-conscious boomers

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 days ago

    When I think of baby boomers, I begin to realize how instrumental they are in the way people eat today. They have made us more aware of nutrition, healthful food and time-saving recipes. They are setting a trend of eating more organic foods and demanding products that support...

  • Insurance agent learns it’s never too late to don a badge

    By Ayala Or-el

    3 days ago

    At 65, when most people are thinking about their retirement years, Jacob (Yasha) Castroll — a father of three and grandfather of four — is in the midst of his new “career” as a reserve deputy sheriff.  

    A longtime insurance agent in Studio City, Castroll was inspired to start...

  • Finding roots in Israel

    By Elyse Glickman

    3 days ago

    l though Birthright and other identity-instilling trips to Israel for young adults have gotten a lot of Jewish media attention, there is another subset of the Jewish population — baby boomers — looking for a similar experience in Israel that transcends the leisure vacation. 

    Anat...

  • The art of the empty nest

    3 days ago

    When our kids first left for college, my wife and I would separately find ourselves in each of their rooms, gazing at the tchotchkes that filled their shelves. We both felt the emptiness in our lives. Now that they’ve each completed their college educations and moved on to the...

  • Kitaj: The years of a troubled genius

    By Milad Doroudian

    3 days ago

    To create great art requires a lot of troubled solitude. Loneliness in all forms and perhaps even more importantly the fact that one must go through the criticism of those who critique art without feelings, remorse, or talent. It was not as many would believe a lack of character on...

  • Neo-Nazi march in Jewish London suburb ordered moved

    3 days ago

    Police ordered a neo-Nazi demonstration planned for a London suburb with a large Jewish population to be moved.

    The decision to relocate Saturday’s demonstration from the Golders Green neighborhood of the Barnet borough to central London followed weeks of intense conversations...

  • Jerusalem of the Caucasus: The Legend of the Red Village

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    3 days ago

    It is just before Shabbat in the Red Village, and sunset will be coming soon. I walk from the New Shul back to my house, and watch as young boys and girls run home to wash up before their meal and call shalom to each other. On Friday of each week, late in the day, I see the sun...

  • Hustle for the muscle

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    3 days ago

    In Los Angeles — the land of juice shops, salad bars, farmers markets and gyms — physical well-being is taken very seriously. For baby boomers, there are plenty of options to help stay fit. 

    One step boomers can take is to find a trainer who understands their specific physical...

  • Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany

    3 days ago

    Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, a new Anti-Defamation League poll found.

    The survey of 10,000 respondents in 19 countries in March and early April was a...

  • As Iran deadline approaches, skeptics draw dueling red lines

    By Ron Kampeas

    3 days ago

    In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader who had been wary of the talks, last week outlined his own expectations for...

  • Israeli dies from wounds in West Bank shooting

    3 days ago

    One of four Israelis shot in the West Bank on Monday by a suspected Palestinian gunman has died of his wounds in hospital, officials said on Tuesday.

    The night-time attack on a road outside a Jewish settlement was not claimed by any Palestinian faction. Israeli officials said it...

  • Padding the nest egg

    3 days ago

    Diana Deene is 74 years old, but she doesn’t consider herself retired. She runs a marketing business, which she started after her previous job as a psychotherapist stopped paying the bills. She also plans to live until she’s 100, which could be a problem because, she admits, she...

  • U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

    3 days ago

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally launched his 2016 presidential run on Tuesday, vowing to bridge the partisan divide in Washington with blunt talk and a willingness to tackle tough issues.

    Christie, once seen as a top 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long...

  • Israelis on Obama in five charts

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Last week, the Pew Research Center published its annual report on global public opinion about the US – a long and detailed report in which Israel occupies a small, if notable, space. It is the country in which the "sharpest decline in Obama’s image occurred". Of course, this should...

  • Iran, powers give themselves to July 7 to strike deal

    3 days ago

    Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss a deadline on Tuesday, with U.S. and Iranian officials sounding upbeat even though obstacles remain.

    With all sides accepting that Tuesday's original...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    3 days ago

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Comedian Jack Carter, friend of Sid Caesar, dies at 93

    3 days ago

    Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

    He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

    Read more at Variety.

  • Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital twice in disguised vans

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “smuggled” to medical appointments in disguised vans shortly before and after elections.

    Netanyahu, 65, in both cases had routine prostate examinations that found “nothing uncharacteristic for a man of his age.”

    In the first...

  • Mother of 7 children who died in Brooklyn house fire leaves hospital

    3 days ago

    The mother of seven children who died in a March fire in their Brooklyn home was released from the hospital.

    Gayle Sassoon left the hospital on Friday and will continue to recover at the Brooklyn home of her mother-in-law, her husband, Gabriel, told the Kol Barama radio station...

  • U.S. Jews among biggest backers of same-sex marriage, data show

    3 days ago

    American Jews are among the most supportive religious groups of same-sex marriage.

    Some 77 percent of American Jews expressed support for same-sex marriage, according to data gathered in 2014 by the Public Religion Research Institute. Some 47 percent of American Jews polled said...

  • California bill to limit vaccine exemptions goes to governor

    3 days ago

    California lawmakers on Monday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, following last year's measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people.

    The bill, which would make...

  • In protest, Rabbi Avi Weiss quits Rabbinical Council of America

    3 days ago

    Rabbi Avi Weiss is quitting the Rabbinical Council of America to protest its failure to admit as members rabbis whose sole ordination is from the rabbinical school he founded.

    The RCA, the main association of modern Orthodox rabbis in America, has yet to grant membership to...

  • Four Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian West Bank shooting

    3 days ago

    A gunman opened fire at a group of Israelis near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said, in a suspected Palestinian drive-by attack.

    A spokesman for Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said medics were treating four people in their...

  • You’re fired! NBC dumps Trump over insults to Mexicans

    3 days ago

    NBC ended its relationship with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump and his "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after he made comments insulting Mexicans when he began his run for president.

    The pageants, which are part of a joint venture between...

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