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  • Skills-focused camp program takes summer to the ‘Max’

    By Elyse Glickman

    4 days ago

    Jewish summer camp is full of tradition, but that’s not stopping Kibbutz Max Straus in Glendale from rolling out Kibbutz Explorations, four special core programs designed especially for 21st-century teens and tweens.

    Campers ages 12 to 15 enrolled in the program this summer will...

  • House members seek added funding for U.S.-Israel missile defense systems

    4 days ago

     Two House members requested additional funding for joint United States and Israel missile defense systems.

    Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Rep. Grace Meng (D- N.Y.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle...

  • With launch of four new camps, specialty sector is booming

    4 days ago

    When his new camp opened last summer, Greg Kellner suspected he needed a morning ritual different from the traditional flagpole gathering at many Jewish overnight camps.

    Kellner, the director of URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, Mass., a Jewish, science-themed camp in...

  • Summer camp for all

    4 days ago

    Like many children and teenagers, Michael Rosenbaum of Los Feliz sees going to summer camp as a highlight of his year.

    He relishes the outdoor activities, cooking classes, swimming, dancing and games at Camp Ramah in Ojai. He enjoys connecting with his Jewish heritage through...

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  • N.Y. teen charged with hate crime for anti-Semitic graffiti in Arabic

    4 days ago

    A 15-year-old from Staten Island was charged with a hate crime for writing “death for Jewish religion” in Arabic at a school in the New York borough.

    The teen was charged on Tuesday with criminal mischief as a hate crime and for making graffiti, and will be tried as a juvenile, WABC-Ch. 7 reported.

    The student allegedly wrote the message in Arabic, using blue ink, on a poster at Dreyfus Intermediate School, a junior high also known as I.S. 49, where it was noticed by a school safety agent who could read Arabic.

  • German leftist party introduces resolution to recognize Palestinian state

    4 days ago

    A left-wing opposition party in the German parliament introduced a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, a position opposed by the current governing coalition.

    Die Linke, or The Left Party, submitted the petition on March 18, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. No date...

  • Turkish synagogue to reopen after government-funded restoration

    4 days ago

    The Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey will reopen following a five-year government-sponsored restoration.

    The synagogue, which will be rededicated on Thursday, was rebuilt with $2.5 million of government funds that have restored its formerly collapsed domes and...

  • Poem: How to Make a Jewish Marriage 1949

    4 days ago

    Beware the grinding fist, the blanched knuckle, the outstretched hand.
    Beware the man who takes any girl’s face between his hands.

    The laughing man — greet him with your entire self. Take him
    patiently, but take him: his want makes an open, flattened hand.

    Ride his wishes to...

  • Spain’s lower parliament passes Sephardic return bill

    4 days ago

    Legislation in Spain that would naturalize Sephardic Jews was approved by the country’s lower parliament.

    The legislation approved Wednesday goes to the country’s Senate for a vote. It is expected to go into effect in May.

    The draft bill was introduced in February 2014 by...

  • Prosecution concludes arguments in murder trial of Syracuse Jewish leader

    4 days ago

    The prosecution concluded its arguments in the trial of a leader in the Syracuse Jewish community accused of murdering his wife.

    Prosecutors finished up their case against Dr. Robert Neulander in upstate New York’s Onondaga County Court on Tuesday. They contend that he killed his...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Tapuz

    4 days ago

    Tapuz, the word for the orange fruit, is an acronym of tapuah zahav “apple of gold,” as is done in English when we say “SAT” for Scholastic Aptitude Test, or “AIDS” for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Tapuz contrasts with similar “apples”: tapuah(-ets) for “tree-apple,”...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The new Republican hero

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    4 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won a startling re-election by linking his fate not to the United States as a whole, but to the U.S. Republican Party. Risking opprobrium for alienating President Barack Obama as well as Israel’s international support, he nevertheless...

  • A Mishkan for all: A communal approach to mental illness

    4 days ago

    I grew up with my younger brother, Zack Thomas, who has struggled with bipolar disorder since he was a very young child. 

    What it has taught me is that as individuals, and as a community, encountering mental illness is a blessing and a challenge — and one that we need to do a...

  • Tragic loss in Brooklyn sounds alarm across the Jewish world

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    4 days ago

    During a time when we are preparing our homes and communities to celebrate the joyous festivities of Passover, a painful tragedy has muted our joy. 

    Last Friday night, a malfunctioning electric hot plate set off a fire that killed seven children in Brooklyn. The world lost seven...

  • Start mending U.S. rift by firing ambassador, Zionist Union lawmaker urges Netanyahu

    4 days ago

    An Israeli lawmaker called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire the country’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer.

    Firing Dermer would be a first step to repairing the U.S.-Israel relationship, Erel Margalit of the Zionist Union party said in a letter sent to...

  • Harvey Weinstein urges Jews in the fight against anti-Semitism

    4 days ago

    Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein urged Jews in the fight against anti-Semitism to “stand up and kick these guys in the ass.”

    On Tuesday night, the famously combative Weinstein made his remarks at a gala dinner given by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where he was...

  • Daily Kickoff: When Jeb rescued Ethiopian Jews; Why is this Seder different from all others?

    By Jewish Insider

    4 days ago

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    What Jeb Supporters Are Reading — “When Jeb Bush helped launch a covert mission to rescue Ethiopian Jews from starvation” by Alex Leary: ”In 1984, Bush heard from a Miami attorney Ron Krongold about...

  • Amnesty Int’l: Gaza rocket attacks by Palestinians are war crimes

    4 days ago

    Several rocket attacks launched at Israel from inside the Gaza Strip amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said.

    In a report released Wednesday, the human rights group also found that Palestinian rocket fire during the Hamas-Israel conflict last summer killed more civilians...

  • U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary nuclear deal as deadline looms

    4 days ago

    The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

    As the talks began, Washington and Tehran...

  • Cutting losses on Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes small print

    4 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

    The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech...

  • Co-pilot appears to have crashed Germanwings plane on purpose, prosecutor says

    4 days ago

    A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwings airliner and flew it into a mountain with what appears to have been the intent to destroy it, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.

    Investigators and grieving relatives were left struggling to explain...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    4 days ago

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

  • When Obama’s gone it will get better? Says who?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    A slightly different Hebrew version of this article was published in Maariv Daily this morning.

    In February 1983, two formerly bitter rivals penned a joint article against a joint nuisance. The two signatories were former Presidents of the United States, who only seven years...

  • God Bless America and my new green Green Card

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    I came to the United States in 1991 on vacation and never left. I met my husband, got married in 1992, and was given a Green Card. I remember being disappointed when I got the card becasue it was actually pink. I had seen the movie Green Card the same year I moved here and was...

  • Tending the roots: Making meaning of the heritage of the Holocaust in my family

    4 days ago

    I am the grandchild of Holocaust survivors on my mother’s side. Both her parents survived with one sibling. The rest – brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – did not survive. On my father’s side, though his parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel before...

  • Beyond the toxic rhetoric: Obama, Bibi and prospects for peace

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama remains furious at Benjamin Netanyahu. He and many European leaders were counting on Israelis to get rid of an intractable "hawk" and replace him with Yitzak (Bougie) Herzog, the more flexible "dove.” With Bibi out of the way, the path would have been cleared...

  • Ryan Reynolds goes for the gold as an unlikely heroic attorney

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 days ago

    During a break from shooting his upcoming X-Men spinoff, “Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds — once dubbed People magazine’s “sexiest man alive” and called “ridiculously handsome” by The Hollywood Reporter — recalled how he came to star in Simon Curtis’ Holocaust-themed film, “Woman in...

  • Investigators hope cockpit voice tape will unravel Airbus crash riddle

    4 days ago

    Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and they expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days, an official said on Wednesday.

    The development came...

  • Lucy Aharish on Benjamin Netanyahu

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Israeli Arabs make up 20 percent of Israel’s population – greater than either blacks or Latinos do of the American population.

    So, there are very few pundits and politicians – including our own President – who have not offered their opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

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