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  • Will Bill Clinton’s grandchildren be Jewish?

    2 days ago

    Chelsea Clinton’s announcement Thursday afternoon that she and Jewish hubby Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child has set off a fairly predictable wave of reactions Jewish-wise, not unlike the interest their 2010 wedding generated.

    Interfaithfamily.com quickly seized the...

  • Israeli mosque entrance torched in suspected price tag attack

    2 days ago

    Israeli police are investigating the torching of the entrance to a mosque in northern Israel and the spraying of anti-Arab slogans on its walls.

    A security camera at the Abu Bakr al Sadik Mosque in Um al-Fahm filmed three unidentified men wearing masks spray painting “Arabs out”...

  • Gap in peace talks wide, Palestinian official says

    2 days ago

    A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended without an agreement to resume peace talks, a Palestinian official said.

    The meeting held Thursday in Jerusalem sought a framework that would allow talks to continue for another nine months. It lasted five hours, and the...

  • ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer hit by sex abuse lawsuit weeks before premiere

    2 days ago

    A man who has sued filmmaker Bryan Singer, the director of the upcoming blockbuster action film "X-Men: Days of Future Past," for allegedly raping him as a teenager said on Thursday that his claims of sexual abuse went unheeded by authorities.

    Michael Egan, 31, who was an...

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  • DNC chair: Perception of division on Israel within Democratic Party is totally untrue

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Jewish values and Democratic Party values are in sync; there is no split among elected Democratic officials when it comes to Israel; the rise in anti-Israel movements on American campuses must be fought; and the Republicans are going to give Democrats a run for their money in...

  • Ukraine’s anti-Semitism: Real and not new

    2 days ago

    View more photos from Zhitomir, Ukraine below the article.

    Over the last few days there have been disturbing reports out of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, of leaflets being handed out by masked men to worshipers leaving Passover services at the Bet Menakhem-Mendel synagogue.  The...

  • Rouhani: Iran seeks dialogue, not war

    2 days ago

    Striking a moderate tone toward the West, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a military parade that his country seeks dialogue instead of war.

    Rouhani, speaking Friday in Tehran during a parade celebrating Iran’s National Army Day, said talks between Iran and world powers...

  • Moving and Shaking: Downtown Seder, JQ Int’l gala, Max Spivak named VP, Dr. Ludmila Bess honored

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Song, dance and lots of learning marked the Pico Union Project’s Downtown Seder, the second annual pre-Passover celebration by music producer Craig Taubman’s interfaith organization.

    The April 6 event, at the former home of Sinai Temple (1909-1925) and Welsh Presbyterian Church...

  • Charedim demonstrate over arrest of draft-dodging Yeshiva student

    2 days ago

    About 500 Charedi Orthodox men demonstrated in Jerusalem against the arrest of a yeshiva student who ignored a call-up notice for army service. The protesters, who also took to the streets in the predominately Charedi city of Bnei Brak, blocked intersections, set fire to trash bins...

  • Israel launches new military satellite, welcomes Super Hercules aircraft

    2 days ago

    Israel has successfully launched a new military reconnaissance satellite.

    The Ofek 10 satellite was sent into orbit late April 9 and began transmitting data and visual material, according to Israel’s Ministry of Defense, which worked with Israel Aerospace Industries on the...

  • U.S. designates Sinai group that attacked Israel as terrorist

    2 days ago

    The Obama administration designated a Sinai-based group as terrorist in part because of its attacks on Israel. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) shares an ideology with al-Qaeda but is not a formal affiliate, the U.S. State Department said in a statement April 9.

    The group “was...

  • Jacob Birnbaum, founder of Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, dies

    2 days ago

    Jacob Birnbaum, who helped launch the movement to free Soviet Jews, has died at 87. 

    The founder of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry was a native of Germany who escaped with his family to England after the Nazis came to power and later moved to France.

    Upon moving to New...

  • State Dept. sees state bids to tie SNCF deals to reparations as ‘obstacle’

    2 days ago

    Bids by state legislatures to tie contracts with a French rail company to extracting Holocaust-era reparations “pose a serious obstacle” to achieving reparations, the U.S. State Department said.

    “The United States and France have entered into discussions of compensation for...

  • Mimouna: In my mind I’ve gone to Marrakech

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    2 days ago

    Tirbah u’tissad — may you prosper and succeed. This Judeo-Arabic blessing is the manner in which North African Jews greet one another just moments after Passover formally ends, on the night we call “Mimouna.”

    For many Jews, the night Passover ends is typically the night to turn...

  • Local rabbis participate in Qatar interfaith dialogue

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Two local rabbis were among the approximately 12 Jewish leaders from around the world who took part in last month’s 11th Doha Interfaith Conference in Qatar.

    Rabbi Reuven Firestone, a professor of medieval Judaism and Islam who teaches at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute...

  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    2 days ago

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

    The agreement, brokered by the United States,...

  • Community of Healing

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Each month we receive the Catholic Agitator, the newspaper from The Catholic Worker, an organization started by Dorothy Day. The main articles always deal with some principle of being loyal to God or, in my words, Being on God's Side. This month was about...

  • Selfie Spirituality

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 days ago

    Alan Morinis was an accomplished film producer running a large, publicly traded communications company in Canada, when, one day, his house of cards crumbled.

    “I was selling too many stories,” Morinis told me when we met in a cozy corner of a Hollywood Starbucks not long ago. 

    ...
  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Putin in Passover greeting: Russian Jews make huge contribution

    2 days ago

    Russian Jews are making an enormous contribution to strengthening Russian society’s cohesion, President Vladimir Putin wrote in a holiday greeting to the Jewish community.

    Putin sent the greeting on Monday, the news site shturem.net reported Thursday, after meeting Rabbi Berel...

  • After his hunger strike, Alan Gross’ backers ramp up calls for U.S. action

    2 days ago

    Alan Gross did not warn his family he was launching a hunger strike, but hearing the news, they understood why: The Jewish U.S. government subcontractor, languishing since 2009 in a Cuban prison, feels forgotten.

    “We’re asking that the U.S. government do whatever it takes,” Jill...

  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    by Roger Price

    2 days ago

    In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • PEN Center USA Event

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    Susan Minot, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    This morning I went to a very interesting reading by Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls. It was sponsored by PEN Center USA.  Ms. Minot discussed her book and working life.  The book tells the heartbreaking tale of girls taken hostage by rebels in Uganda, and is based on a true story.  To find out more about PEN Center USA or join, visit penusa.org.

  • Anti-Semitic fliers in Ukraine: Who is responsible?

    3 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

    Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to...

  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    3 days ago

    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Local mom-athoner pounds pavement for a cure

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    3 days ago

    Shannon Griefer ran a 135-mile ultramarathon in Death Valley in the middle of July, across the scorching hot terrain in the glow of the fiery sun. 

    And on April 13, she was slated to run 135 miles, this time to benefit reserch into a condition she was diagnosed with in 2005:...

  • Israel’s Eytan Fox puts frosting on ‘Cupcakes’

    By Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    The name Eytan Fox instantly evokes two associations. The New York-born director is one of Israel’s most accomplished filmmakers, and he is the country’s most visible and outspoken gay personality.

    Fox’s films, like “Yossi & Jagger,” “Yossi” and “Walk on Water” revolve around gay...

  • Fight or flight: The nature of Judaism

    By Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    On the one hand: Jews and their religion are fiercely militant.

    On the other: The Jewish religion is peaceful and Jews avoid fighting, to the point that they have been derided as cowards or draft dodgers.

    Looking at the three-millennia arc of Jewish history, both statements are...

  • ‘Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

    3 days ago

    Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish “Harmony” from the Center Theatre Group’s biggest venue, and the arrival of a decidedly more classic production, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and...

  • Andrew Garfield says Spiderman is Jewish

    3 days ago

    Andrew Garfield, a British actor most famous for playing the iconic superhero in the most recent run of Spiderman movies, has given us a new Spidey revelation in advance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2″: Peter Parker is totally Jewish.

    “Peter Parker is not a simple dude,” the...

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