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  • What A Graduation!

    2 hours ago

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • The Nazi Worldview exchange, part 1: ‘A world without Jews’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago

    Alon Confino is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and at Ben Gurion University, Israel. Professor Confino received his PhD from Berkley University. He has written extensively and influentially on historical memory, historical method and German history. He has...

  • Yes, We Can All Get Along

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    5 hours ago

    We often hear about how people from different Jewish denominations take swipes at each other, followed by the lament, “Can’t we all just get along?”

    One of the best things about Limmud Bay Area this year, which took place at Sonoma State University last weekend, is that Jews from...

  • Dating 101: Assumptions and Momentum

    By Ilana Angel

    10 hours ago

    My last date was with a man with a dog, and not just any dog. I love this pooch and while I’m not really a dog person, he’s special. He looks at you like he understands everything you’re saying and wants to tell you stuff. Secret stuff, and jokes, and chat about the weather. He is...

  • ‘Color-conscious’ Asian cast to perform classic play about Bronx Jewish family

    14 hours ago

    When the latest production of  “Awake and Sing!” — Clifford Odets’ 1935 classic drama about an extended Jewish family living in the Bronx —  opens July 13 at the Public Theater in New York, audiences are sure to be wowed by the experienced actor in the lead role.

    Brash matriarch...

  • Actors Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce plans to divorce

    15 hours ago

    Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced plans to divorce, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary.

    "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one...

  • Jewish resort that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ to become $250-million yoga retreat

    15 hours ago

    Nobody puts Kutsher’s in a corner. After closing in 2013, the former Borscht Belt hotel — famed as the inspiration for the fictional “Dirty Dancing” resort — is to be reincarnated as a $250-million yoga center.

    Indian billionaire Subhash Chandra plans to turn the defunct resort...

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    16 hours 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

    17 hours 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

    17 hours 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

    17 hours 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...

  • Boomers: Pack your bags

    By Julie Bien

    17 hours 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

    18 hours 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

    19 hours 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

    19 hours 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

    20 hours 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. 


  • The art of the empty nest

    20 hours 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

    20 hours 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

    20 hours 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

    20 hours 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

    20 hours 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

    20 hours 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

    20 hours 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

    21 hours 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

    21 hours 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

    21 hours 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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    2 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

    2 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.

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