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  • London: Stories on the Underground

    By Ilana Angel

    2 hours ago

    I have been riding the Underground back and forth to work for six weeks. People rarely make eye contact, there are not a lot of smiles, and virtually no interaction, but it is one of the most entertaining things I have experienced while being in London. People are interesting and...

  • Friendship, Essex & a Gift from a Cat

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    I am a social person and it is not hard for me to meet people or engage with strangers. I am socially gifted, yet I have a small group of selected friends. I write about my life openly and am humbled by how many people not only read about my search for ways to keep the faith, but...

  • The personal, the universal and the Zionist vision

    2 days ago

    The afternoon audience of slightly senior people seemed filled with anticipation about  Natalie Portman’s rendering of “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”  It may have been the kind of giddy pride that comes when a celebrity legitimizes the audience’s interest.   For some members of...

  • They’re all crazy!: The language we use when reporting terror attacks

    2 days ago

    But I don’t want to go among mad people, Alice remarked.
    Oh, you can’t help that,”said the Cat: “we’re all mad here.”

    Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland

    It has become fashionable to invoke the M’Naghten rules as soon as there is a terror attack in Europe. Typically the...

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  • Los Angeles: My First Blogher Conference

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    What is a Blogher conference all about? I write as a Sheknows Expert which is part of the Blogher family and I really was not sure what Blogher: Experts Among Us conference in Los Angeles would be. I decided to go after my friend, Melissa, called me and said, “How can you not go?...

  • What football can teach us about Israel education

    2 days ago

    Imagine a quarterback who had to run every play through a gaggle of coaches, agents, broadcasters, analysts, advertisers, fans and peanut vendors. Crazy, right? You don’t have to be a Vegas bookie to know that regardless of the talent on the field, this is not a winning strategy...

  • Clinton leads Trump by 43 points among Jewish voters in Florida

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    2 days ago

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading Republican nominee Donald Trump by 43 points among Jewish voters in Florida, a new poll released on Friday showed.

    According to the poll, conducted by Jim Gerstein from GBA Strategies, Clinton is supported by 66 percent...

  • There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills - A Poem for Parsha Eikev

    By Rick Lupert

    2 days ago

    Because we’re coming to the end of a history that’s not provable.
    Because we only get to enter this land because it was promised

    to our fore-parents and not because we deserve it. Because of the
    long list of reasons why we don’t deserve it. The complaining, the

    calf. Did you...

  • French court overturns burkini ban

    2 days ago

    A little over one week after at least 30 French municipalities imposed regulations that banned wearing full-body swimsuits favored by Muslim women, the country’s highest administrative court overturned the bans, calling them unconstitutional.

    The French Council of State passed...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ekev with Rabbi Michael Beals

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Michael Beals, leader of Congregation Beth Shalom in Wilmington, Delaware. Rabbi Beals was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (MA Hebrew Letters), of American University in...

  • Luther’s ghosts still linger dangerously

    3 days ago

    On August 13, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on the U.S. government to end all aid to Israel and “enable an independent Palestinian state.” In addition, the ELCA adopted a resolution calling for divestment in Israel so...

  • Calendar: August 26 – September 1

    By Amanda Epstein

    3 days ago

    FRI | AUG 26

    SHABBAT IN THE PARK

    Bring your family and friends, a picnic dinner, and come mingle with the community and all of the 16 congregations and Jewish organizations involved. There will be arts and crafts, a drum circle and Torah talks. The Shabbat service will be...

  • Moving and Shaking: ‘Urinetown’ at De Toledo High School, new consul general of Israel and more

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    De Toledo High School won Best Production for the musical “Urinetown” at the fifth annual Jerry Herman Awards on May 22. 

    Also honored for his part in the production was Brennen Klitzner. He took home the “No Small Parts” Award, which goes to an excellent actor from an ensemble.

    ...
  • Ehud Olmert requests early prison release

    3 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert officially submitted a request for early release from prison, where he is serving a 19-month sentence on a corruption conviction.

    An attorney for Olmert, the first Israeli prime minister to serve jail time, submitted the request on...

  • Egyptian Olympian lashes out after Israeli flag photobombing

    3 days ago

    An Egyptian Olympian who appears in a viral photo featuring an Israeli flag said on Facebook that she was photobombed by “dirty” people and there will “never be peace between me and these people in my life.”

    Doaa Elghobashy, 19, a volleyball player, has been harshly criticized on...

  • Burkini ban is great for business, says Israeli-French maker of modest swimsuits

    3 days ago

    According to the latest tally, at least 30 French municipalities have banned the product that the Paris-born businesswoman Yardena G. sells for a living.

    Yardena, a haredi Orthodox mother of nine from Jerusalem, owns the Sea Secret fashion label of modest swimwear for devoutly...

  • Clinton: Trump has helped mainstream racism and anti-Semitism

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday attacked Donald Trump for turning a blind eye on his white nationalist and anti-Semitic supporters and for spreading some of their messages on social media.

    “This is someone who retweets white supremacists online,”...

  • Trump rejects Clinton’s charges of racism, ties to KKK

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    Donald Trump on Thursday came out swinging against Hillary Clinton for her recent attacks in response to his personal outreach to minority voters, and labeling him as a racist, suggesting it’s an attack on “decent people” supporting the Republican ticket.

    “The news reports are...

  • In crime-ridden Israeli Arab city, police seek new approach

    3 days ago

    On the rundown streets of Umm al-Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city of 50,000, locals in smoky cafes are reluctant to speak. Violent crime at the hands of drug gangs is rife here. Reprisals are common. Israeli Jews rarely set foot in the city.

    "The gangs are in control," said a man who...

  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Fighting BDS ‘consistent with progressive values’

    3 days ago

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that defending Israel from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is “consistent with progressive values.”

    [RELATED: Calif. Senate passes bill targeting Israel boycotts]

    Speaking Saturday at the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island,...

  • Volunteers ride to the rescue in Italian earthquake disaster, Israel offers to send support team

    3 days ago

    Within hours of the earth shaking and houses collapsing, thousands of volunteers from all over Italy had descended on the country's stricken central mountains to bring what help they could. 

    Some were specialist rescuers, who train in their spare time to search for the living and...

  • The Middle East prepares for US elections

    3 days ago

    This article origally appeared at themedialine.org.

    From Jerusalem to Beirut to Cairo, the upcoming US elections are being closely followed, partly for their entertainment appeal, but also as the US remains crucial for its role in the Middle East.

    “Partly because of the...

  • Netanyahu to receive Hudson Institute Award during visit to NY

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.S.-Israel relationship and the challenges Israel faces in the Middle East at a dinner hosted by the Hudson Institute during his visit to New York next month.

    Netanyahu will be presented with the conservative think...

  • How lucky we are that Judaism is not a religion

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    There are new numbers and articles out there that you ought to think about, if you are one of those people who take interest in the future of Judaism in America.

    1.

    A new study from Pew reveals how people choose their house of prayer and their religious congregation. It does...

  • California’s Senate passes bill targeting Israel boycotts

    By Eitan Arom

    4 days ago

    A bill targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) of Israel took a final step towards passage in the California legislature as the state Senate voted 34-1 to approve Assembly Bill 2844 on Aug. 24.

    The bill faced a long and winding path to approval by the Senate, passing...

  • Israeli army closes 13 investigations of alleged misconduct during ’14 Gaza war

    4 days ago

    The Israel Defense Forces has closed 13 criminal investigations of alleged misconduct during Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza “without undertaking any criminal or disciplinary proceedings.”

    Among the cases closed by the IDF’s Military Advocate General noted in an update released...

  • Riffing on faith and spirituality

    4 days ago

    A rabbi, a pastor and a comedian walked out onstage...

    No, that’s not the setup for a joke. It’s precisely what a sold-out crowd came to see on Aug. 19 at West Hollywood’s renowned comedy club Largo at the Coronet. 

    Temple Isaiah’s Rabbi Joel Nickerson, 37, joined former pastor...

  • The missing children: Yemenites who found their way to L.A. carry family wounds from Israel’s past

    By Eitan Arom

    4 days ago

    On a recent Sunday morning, Meir Cohen switched off the Israeli news playing on the television in his Encino home. He poured himself a glass of tea with hawaij, a cardamom-scented mix popular among Yemenite Jews such as himself. Then he reclined into a leather armchair.

    Cohen had...

  • Woman at The Wall

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    Erev Shabbat brings a beautiful chaos to the Kotel, a swaying sea of souls, singing, screaming, offering up their spirits, just to be a speck beneath a tower of history.

    I had never visited the Kotel on Shabbat before, but last week I found myself eagerly entreating the tznius...

  • A Jewish wedding, Indian-style

    4 days ago

    Cranberry-brown lines swirled around my hands and feet, my beloved’s name hidden discreetly in the henna tattooed on my finger. Exhausted, but not ready to sleep, I hugged my new husband close and marveled at what brought me to Mumbai to be married.

    It all began at a Shabbat...

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