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  • U.S. Supreme Court toughens gun ban for domestic violence

    3 days ago

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded the types of domestic violence convictions that can trigger the loss of gun ownership rights in a ruling issued amid fierce debate about reducing firearms violence in America.

    The justices, in a 6-2 ruling, rejected arguments that a...

  • New Jersey passes anti-BDS legislation

    3 days ago

    The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation that prohibits the state from investing  pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses.

    The bipartisan bill in response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement against Israel passed...

  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing restrictive Texas law

    3 days ago

    Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion.

    In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting...

  • Firefighters gain ground over devastating California blaze

    3 days ago

    Firefighters in the foothills of central California have made significant gains against a blaze that has killed at least two people and destroyed scores of homes in a devastating start to the state's wildfire season, authorities said on Monday.

    By Sunday night, crews had carved...

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  • Presbyterians vote to “re-evaluate” two-state solution

    3 days ago

    The Anti-Defamation League expressed “disappointment” after the Presbyterian Church USA passed several resolutions aimed at pressuring Israel and re-evaluating church support for the two-state solution.

    The church’s General Assembly, held in Portland, ended on Sunday.

    Among...

  • 257 new Chabad rabbis gather to celebrate their ordinations

    3 days ago

    A group of 257 rabbinical school graduates gathered at the Chabad movement’s Rabbinical College of America outside of Morristown, New Jersey.

    The rabbis, who received their rabbinic ordinations between 2012 and this year, took part in the celebratory ceremony on Sunday.

    This...

  • Jewish groups hail Israel-Turkey rapprochement deal

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    Jewish American groups on Monday welcomed the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey that will restore full diplomatic relations and renew the economic, military and political cooperation between the two Middle East countries.

    “The restoration of...

  • Lieberman, majority of Israelis oppose Turkey reconciliation deal

    3 days ago

    More than half of Israelis oppose the newly announced reconciliation deal with Turkey, according to a Channel 10 poll.

    In addition, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he is against the deal, several Israeli media outlets reported Monday.

    Channel 10’s poll found...

  • 9 Jewish LGBTQ activists you should know

    3 days ago

    New York City’s gay pride parade on Sunday was full of highlights. The NBA and WNBA became the first professional sports leagues to march. A Syrian refugee whose life was threatened by an ISIS operative served as a grand marshal. Even Hillary Clinton made a surprise...

  • Does Saudi Arabia have a new role to play as stabilizer of the Middle East?

    3 days ago

    Ask General Yaakov Amidror to speak about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and you might think you’d been dropped into a session of family therapy. Amidror, Israel’s stern-faced former National Security Advisor, discusses the Persian Gulf monarchy as if explaining a new and perplexing...

  • Red-hot grilling tips for the Fourth of July

    3 days ago

    July Fourth begs for a magnificent grill party. It's summer, it's a great celebration of the nation's birth and everyone is outdoors and in party mode. Why hold back on July Fourth? Why not grill everything? With a couple of days' planning, you can really do something amazingly and...

  • Exclusive: Christian, Muslims and Jews to build a joint house of worship in Jerusalem

    3 days ago

    In theory, this should not be a big deal: men and women of faith, who share a belief in one God and a love for the city of Jerusalem, coming together to pray, study and sing.

    In practice, it is about as plausible as a snowball’s chance in the desert. 

    But, for one week in...

  • Shopping: Tap into your youth

    By Julie Bien

    3 days ago

    Sixty may be the new 40, but many boomers may feel even younger. Good thing there’s an array of DIY projects, crafts and tech toys that will take adults back to the pursuits of their youth — now that they have the time to fully enjoy them. 

    Forget about the cheap stuff you drank...

  • Jewish father who took out ad seeking a wife for his son postpones interviews of prospective brides

    3 days ago

    The Jewish father who took out a full-page ad in an Idaho newspaper seeking a wife for his 48-year-old son has postponed the interviews with prospective brides he scheduled at an Idaho resort.

    Arthur Brooks, 78, of Beverly Hills, California, decided to delay his interviews of...

  • Munich state museum profited from Nazi-looted art, investigation shows

    3 days ago

    A state museum in Munich profited from art looted by the Nazis at least until the 1990s, a new investigation has revealed.

    In a joint probe, the Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the British NGO Commission for Looted Art in Europe found that the Bavarian State...

  • Jewish lawmaker resigns from British shadow cabinet

    3 days ago

    A Jewish lawmaker in Britain’s Parliament has joined more than 20 Labour Party members in resigning from the opposition’s shadow cabinet — part of the fallout from the British vote to leave the European Union.

    Luciana Berger, the most senior Jewish member of the shadow cabinet,...

  • Chabad ‘welcome centers’ in Rio to offer kosher food, multilingual assistance for Olympics

    3 days ago

    Chabad will convert its three Rio de Janeiro centers into “welcome centers” for the estimated 40,000 Jewish visitors expected this summer for the Brazil Olympics and Paralympic Games.

    The sites in Leblon, Copacabana and Barra will provide kosher food and a prayer minyan, as well...

  • Israelis would get 6 Sundays off under bill to create ‘Western’ weekend

    3 days ago

    A Knesset committee has approved legislation that will mandate six long weekends each year — a step toward a possible Monday-to-Friday work week.

    Providing the six Sundays off each year beginning in 2017 will start to transition the Israeli work week to that of most of the...

  • Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting

    3 days ago

    Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love.

    But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013; before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humor column for The Nation (he has lovingly called it “a pinko magazine published on...

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

    By Zoe Hewitt

    3 days ago

    When INDEPENDENCE DAY came out 20 years ago it was groundbreaking.  It was the first time we saw the White House get destroyed on film, along with a host of other International landmarks.  The effects were at the top of their class and the movie was nominated for two Academy...

  • Boomer reboot

    3 days ago

    The panoramic view from Cheryl Hiltzik’s home studio, high in the Burbank hills, is spectacular. It’s no wonder it’s a big source of daily inspiration for her. 

    Earlier in life, though, she found inspiration elsewhere, spending years interviewing A-list Hollywood celebrities such...

  • Municipality near Paris declares boycott of Israeli settlement goods

    3 days ago

    A municipality near the French capital passed a motion declaring a boycott of Israeli settlement goods and vowing further research and labeling on other products from the Jewish state.

    The council of Bondy, located north of Paris, passed the resolution with only five objections...

  • Lviv Ghetto memorial vandalized in anti-Semitic attack

    3 days ago

    A monument to the victims of the Holocaust-era ghetto of Lviv in western Ukraine was vandalized in what police suspect is an anti-Semitic incident.

    Unidentified vandals on Friday threw several gallons of green paint on the memorial, which was erected in 1992 in memory of tens of...

  • Jewish coach leads Colombia soccer team to 3rd place in Copa tournament

    3 days ago

    Colombia’s national soccer team finished third in the prestigious Copa America Centenario tournament led by its Jewish coach, Jose Pekerman.

    Colombia defeated the United States, 1-0, on Saturday in the bronze medal match at University of Phoenix Stadium. Sixteen countries...

  • Ex-Auschwitz guard, 94, appeals conviction as accessory to murder

    3 days ago

    A former Nazi SS guard who was sentenced to five years in prison by a German court for his role as an accessory in the murder of at least 170,000 people in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland has appealed his conviction.

    Attorneys for Reinhold Hanning, 94, filed...

  • Israel to deliver drip irrigation systems to Paraguayan small farmers

    3 days ago

    Israel is set to deliver this week thirteen drip irrigation systems to Paraguayan small farmers.

    The handover is the result of a technical collaboration process between the Jewish state and Paraguay’s local Federation of Production Cooperatives.

    Agricultural producers of the...

  • Birthright trip offering college credits for first time

    3 days ago

    The first Birthright trip offering participants academic credit is now in Israel.

    Some 50 students from colleges and universities in the United States are participating in the inaugural cohort and will be entitled to three academic credits at their academic institutions,...

  • Forget Brexit. Remember rain.

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 days ago

    I was startled to see Laura Haim’s face on TV. It made sense that she’d be on cable news last week; as White House correspondent for the French network Canal Plus, she was well placed to tell Americans the French reaction to Brexit. What brought me up short was that I’d forgotten...

  • Religion-related terrorism and harassment of Jews increasing worldwide, Pew study finds

    3 days ago

    The harassment of Jews worldwide continued to increase in 2014 even as government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly, according to a new study.

    The Pew Research Center’s annual study of 198 countries released Thursday also found...

  • Abbas walks back claim that Israeli rabbis called to poison Palestinian water

    3 days ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas walked back his claim that Israeli rabbis had called for the poisoning of Palestinian water and said he did not intend to offend Jewish people.

    “After it has become evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning...

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