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  • Justice Department said ready to clear Darren Wilson

    4 days ago

    The Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Miss., and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

    The paper quoted law enforcement...

  • Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

    4 days ago

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

    An Israeli official said...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    4 days ago

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • Day schools see decline in vaccinations

    4 days ago

    A recent measles outbreak originating at Disneyland that has infected more than 50 people has returned the issue of declining immunization rates to the headlines.

    California health officials report that the outbreak began at the Anaheim theme park in mid-December and quickly...

  • Survivor: Erika Jacoby

    By Jane Ulman

    4 days ago

    “Los, los. Alle heraus,” the SS soldiers yelled, whips in hand, as the train doors opened onto the Auschwitz-Birkenau platform. It was mid-June 1944. “Go, go. All out.” Sixteen-year-old Erika Jacoby, nee Engel, was shoved out of the car, and she stumbled into line. In the distance,...

  • Yemen leader expected to accept demands of Houthis who defeat his guards

    4 days ago

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi expressed readiness on Wednesday to concede to demands for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels, saying the Shi'ite Muslim group had a right to be appointed to posts in all state institutions.

    Gulf neighbors denounced...

  • Torah portion: The light of truth

    4 days ago

    I received an email from a website called Growing Bolder (growingbolder.com) consisting of images of people who have continued to attain wonderful achievements into their later years. These are people in their 80s, 90s and even 100s who are triathletes, surfers, artists, rodeo...

  • What’s next for the Jews of France?

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    Maurice Benhamou, a Jewish citizen of France who lives in the coastal city of Marseilles, just a three-hour train ride from Paris, is not afraid.

    But the Algerian-descended Benhamou, 69, is among a minority of Jews living in France who, despite the recent terror attack at a...

  • Calendar January 24-30

    By Laura Donney

    4 days ago

    SAT | JAN 24


    It’s the most common kind of hearsay around. The Jewish Women’s Theatre presents its newest salon, an exploration of the different versions we have of the things that happen to us, big and small. From a husband and wife recounting their first...

  • Letters to the editor: Jewish Hebdo, Dr. Maher Hathout and more

    4 days ago

    Je Suis Jewish Hebdo

    As a longtime reader and subscriber, on occasion my East Coast, slightly politically involved family background will cause me to take a position regarding any number of articles (“Solidarity,” Jan 16). After all, that is one of our jobs as Jews — question...

  • Obituaries: Week of January 23, 2015

    4 days ago

    Yvette Ackert died Dec. 28 at 90. Survived by son Marty (Julie) Nagel; daughter Barbara (George) Gallian; 2 grandchildren; sister Gertrude Lapittus. Mount Sinai

    Reuben Alvy died Dec. 23 at 92.  Survived by son Ralph (Ashley); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai


  • The folly of partition: ICC ruling seals fate of Gaza residents

    4 days ago

    The International Criminal Court's (ICC) announcement that it would pursue a war crimes probe against Israel over the summer war in Gaza is but the latest twist in the quixotic quest to end the Israeli-Arab conflict.

    Israel’s 2005 de-facto partition via unilateral withdrawal from...

  • Stay or go? French Jews face a growing – and emotional – dilemma

    4 days ago

    Israel? The United States? Canada? South Korea, India, Singapore or Japan? French Jews have intensified their search for a new home, and they’ve diversified their potential destinations. For the past 15 years, anti-Semitism has become more and more common, more and more violent,...

  • What is the Jewish position on gun control?

    4 days ago

    American Jews, many of whom live in religiously-observant communities that are located in states that have strict gun control laws, have a reputation for also being supportive of strict gun control laws.  But that may be changing.

    Following the January 2015 attacks on Jews in...

  • Israeli arrested in Madonna song leak probe

    4 days ago

    An Israeli man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of hacking into the computers of a number of international singing stars, including Madonna, and selling their songs online, a police source said.

    A police spokesman confirmed that a 39-year-old Israeli had been detained, but...

  • At least 12 injured, four critically, in stabbing spree on Tel Aviv bus

    4 days ago

    At least 12 people were wounded, some seriously, when a Palestinian man stabbed passengers and the driver on a Tel Aviv bus.

    Four victims, including the driver, remained in serious condition following the Wednesday morning attack on the No. 40 bus. Initial reports said 12 to 21...

  • REALITY CHECK: Tel-Aviv bus stabbing - How the media allow terror by ignoring it

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    Less than two months after a tragic row of stabbing and vehicular terror attacks, we woke up today to more sad news: A Palestinian terrorist stabbed 13 Israelis on a Tel-Aviv bus, with 4 fatally wounded. He was quickly tracked down by security forces present in the area, shot and...

  • Vidui (Final Confession)

    4 days ago

    As I have sat with so many people as they were dying, I never felt comfortable listening to or reading, the traditional, standard Vidui, as it is.

    It is so dark, and so filled with gloom, that not one of the patients I have shared the vidui with - I believe- felt comforted, felt...

  • Synagogue Affiliation Matters

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    5 days ago

    I’m writing about the topic of how synagogue affiliation matters in small part because of the recent news about a study showing that Jews who are affiliated with a synagogue are healthier. You can read more about that in, “Study links synagogue affiliation to better health,” which...

  • Questions mount over death of Argentine prosecutor

    5 days ago

    The mysterious death of an Argentine prosecutor just days after he accused the president of directing a cover-up in the bombing of a Jewish community center two decades earlier has jolted the country with accusations of foul play coming from all sides.

    The body of Alberto Nisman,...

  • U.S. top court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard ban

    5 days ago

    An Arkansas policy prohibiting inmates from having beards violated the religious rights of a prisoner who had wanted to grow one in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

    The justices, on a 9-0 vote in a closely watched case involving...

  • Before your favorite teacher dies

    By Marty Kaplan

    5 days ago

    On City Cisco Island, Aunt Suzy saw funny men.

    That sentence is a mnemonic that Mr. Jaeger taught us.  The first letter of each word stands for a molecule in the Krebs citric acid cycle, the pathway that converts food to energy.  The O in “On” stands for Oxaloacetate; the C in...

  • Alan and Judy Gross to attend State of the Union as Obama guests

    5 days ago

    Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, will be guests of first lady Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was released from a Cuban jail on Dec. 17 after spending five years...

  • 11 Million Impressions: We Said Go Travel Global Alliance & #LuxeExperience

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    5 days ago

    Jan 20 2015 9am 11 Million impressions keyhole
    Thank you to everyone who shared, tweeted, retweeted and commented on my #LuxeExperience articles, videos and instagram photos. Thank you to Luxe Hotels for hosting me and to The We Said Go Travel Global Alliance for the team work.

    On January 14, 2015 9amPST, the hashtag...

  • Israel moves Iron Dome batteries to North

    5 days ago

    Israel reportedly has deployed Iron Dome anti-missile defense systems in its North preparing for possible retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike on Syria.

    The move was reported Monday evening by Sky News Arabia, which cited unnamed Israeli sources.

    An Iranian general and...

  • Anti-Semitism watchdog: Belgian public schools becoming ‘Jew-free’ zones

    5 days ago

    A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism warned that the country’s public schools are becoming “Jew-free” zones because of harassment.

    Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, made the remark in an interview for the weekly Le Vif/L’Express published ...

  • Israel braces for Hezbollah retaliation

    5 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched in an emotional funeral for a senior Hezbollah fighter, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former senior Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh, who was also allegedly assassinated by Israel in...

  • Haredi Orthodox women launch Israeli political party

    5 days ago

    A group of haredi Orthodox women have formed a political party in Israel ahead of the March elections.

    The party, called B’zchutan, or “In their merit,” was announced Monday as a response to the existing all-male haredi parties, the Sephardi Shas and Ashkenazi United Torah...

  • Poland sends request to extradite Polanski to court

    5 days ago

    Polish prosecutors have sent a request to a regional court in Krakow for the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex-crime conviction, the Prosecutors' Office in Krakow said on Tuesday.

    "The further actions in this case will depend on...

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