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  • Anti-Semitism a ‘recurrent problem’ in Dutch schools, gov’t report says

    5 hours ago

    Anti-Semitism is a persistent problem in some Dutch schools and especially among Muslim pupils, according to a new government-commissioned report on discrimination in education.

    The findings appeared in a 55-page report titled “Two Worlds, Two Realities – How Do You Deal with It...

  • Ahead of New York Fashion Week, the Jewish prayer shawl goes chic

    5 hours ago

    Has the Jewish prayer shawl become a fashion statement?

    An unidentified New York Fashion Week: Men’s participant wore a real tallit — not of the faux H&M variety— to a Tommy Hilfiger presentation last Thursday, Racked reported on Monday.

    Vogue photographer Phil Oh captured the...

  • Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, crosses first hurdle

    6 hours ago

    A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament on Monday with the support of right-wing parties.

    Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet...

  • Israel could allow 30,000 more Palestinian workers into the country

    6 hours ago

    Israel will allow 30,000 more Palestinian workers into Israel if the full Cabinet approves the plan.

    The Security Cabinet approved the plan on Sunday, Haaretz reported. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon had approved it last month.

    The Palestinians would be required to pass a...

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  • See how teen pals found each other some 50 years later

    6 hours ago

    As a librarian, Oren Kaplan researches obscure facts and utilizes databases to track down information.

    So when the Haifa resident read a recent “Seeking Kin” column about someone in his city, Menahem Orenstein, who hoped to locate a long-lost childhood buddy, Kaplan decided to...

  • John Tishman, whose company built World Trade Center and other skyscrapers, dies

    7 hours ago

    John Tishman, an influential developer who oversaw the construction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and Chicago’s John Hancock Center, has died at 90.

    Tishman, who donated to a variety of Jewish philanthropies, died Saturday of respiratory failure at his home in Bedford,...

  • A Little Torah and Chill?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    7 hours ago

    Had the Torah not been given, we would learn modesty from the cat, (to be against) theft from the flea, faithfulness from the dove, and derekh eretz (good behavior) from the rooster who obtains consent and only then has sex." (Eruvin 100b)

    Wait, how many human genders did the...

  • Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

    7 hours ago

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending a controversial combat role in the fight against Islamic State.

    Trudeau's Liberals won an election last October promising to withdraw the...

  • Recipe: Baked orange-flavored cheesecake with Indian spices

    7 hours ago

    This Valentine's Day, as you look for foods besides oysters and chocolate to woo the object of your affection, consider exploring your spice cabinet.

    You'll be surprised at the flavors' powers -- as natural aphrodisiacs -- to be found there.

    To heighten the senses and set the...

  • Trump versus Jeb in New Hampshire on day before crucial primary

    7 hours ago

    White House hopefuls Donald Trump and Jeb Bush opened political hostilities on Monday as Republican and Democratic candidates stormed across New Hampshire in a final flurry of events before the state's crucial first-in-the-nation primary.

    The stage was set for the vote on...

  • Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg says he is eyeing 2016 run for president

    7 hours ago

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he is considering running for president in 2016, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

    The billionaire media mogul said he was "looking at all the options" when asked whether he was considering a run, the newspaper said.

  • In all-Chabad Israeli village, Brooklyn meets country living

    7 hours ago

    In an otherwise deserted field at the center of this rural Israeli village, a Brooklyn brownstone presents an incongruous sight.

    If it looks like it would fit perfectly in Crown Heights, that’s because it already does. The three-story apartment house topped by three gables is a...

  • Israel won’t get better aid deal after Obama leaves office

    8 hours ago

    U.S. officials reportedly have urged Israel to sign the 10-year foreign aid package on the table, saying it will not get a better deal with the next president.

    “Even as we grapple with a particularly challenging budget environment, this administration’s commitment to Israel’s...

  • Three Arab-Israeli MKs suspended for meeting with terrorists’ families

    8 hours ago

    Three Arab-Israeli Knesset members have been suspended from the parliament for meeting with the families of Palestinians who were killed while perpetrating terror attacks.

    The Knesset Ethics Committee approved the disciplinary move against Haneen Zoabi, Basel Ghatta and Jamal...

  • UN’s Ban heckled in address at New York synagogue

    8 hours ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was heckled and some worshippers walked out during his speech at a New York City synagogue’s Shabbat services.

    Ban did not mention Israel during an address on Saturday morning at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan in which he condemned...

  • State Dept. denies Israeli TV report of Kerry plans to restart talks

    9 hours ago

    The U.S. State Department spokesman denied an Israeli television report that Secretary of State John Kerry had any plans to visit Israel in the near term to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.

    “No plans by ‪@JohnKerry to travel soon to Israel,” John Kirby said Saturday on ...

  • Thank you for not dying

    By Marty Kaplan

    9 hours ago

    David Wichs was walking to work in TriBeCa last Friday morning when a 565-foot construction crane toppled onto Worth Street and killed him. He was 38.

    I didn’t know him – I saw it in the paper.  Workers had been lowering the crane as a precaution from wind gusts when it crushed...

  • Why the Western Wall deal is a victory for now, but not forever

    9 hours ago

    On the morning of Dec. 1, 1988, a group of about 70 Jewish women entered the sacred space of the Western Wall. The women represented all the major streams of Judaism. Some wore prayer shawls or kippahs. Some did not. One woman cradled a Torah in her arms.

    Together, their voices...

  • Palestinian hunger striker rejects Israeli offer of May 1 release

    9 hours ago

    A Palestinian journalist on the 75th day of a hunger strike has rejected Israel’s offer to release him by May 1.

    Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, said he will not accept an offer unless it ends his detention immediately and allows him to be treated in a Palestinian hospital, the Palestinian...

  • Rubio: Election by itself will reset U.S.-Israel relationship

    9 hours ago

    The relationship between the U.S. and Israel will be reset by itself with the election of a Republican president in the fall, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Monday.

    Addressing national security at BAE Systems Inc., an aerospace company headquartered in...

  • Best of CES 2016

    By Tom Teicholz

    10 hours ago

    The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a behemoth: 170,000 attendees, 3,800 exhibitors and, like the dragons in "Game of Thrones," each year it gets bigger, more fearsome and less manageable. Every year the exhibition space expands to new venues from the Las...

  • The 2016 Election Blog #9: Jews and Their Politics

    By Steven Windmueller

    10 hours ago

    • Twelve principles of American Jewish political practice are introduced here as a way to provide a roadmap to understand the nature and character of the Jewish community in this election year.
    • Jews provide significant financial support to both political parties and to many...
  • When Ted Cruz slams Trump for ‘chutzpah,’ should Jews be offended?

    10 hours ago

    Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator running for president as an anti-establishment maverick, has once again been accused of making Jews collateral damage in attacks on his insider rivals.

    Cruz’s accusers detected the whiff of anti-Semitism in his broadsides against...

  • Valentine’s Day: An ideal date for Jewish weddings?

    10 hours ago

    In December, around the time my wife and I were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary, we received an invitation to an outdoor Jewish wedding to be held on Valentine’s Day 2016. Printed on a red postcard affixed with a heart postage stamp, the couple, Lena Silver and Aaron...

  • On ‘SNL’ with Larry David, Bernie Sanders plays the Jewish idealist

    10 hours ago

    Bernie Sanders and Larry David finally met live on Saturday night, on “Saturday Night Live” — and things got prettay, prettay Jewish.

    In running for the Democratic presidential nod, Sanders has not shied from his doppelganger. He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week that he is,...

  • Labor Party approves Isaac Herzog’s plan for West Bank withdrawal

    10 hours ago

    Israel’s Labor Party unanimously approved a plan presented by its leader, Isaac Herzog, that would promote a two-state solution through unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank.

    The plan was approved on Sunday during a party convention. Party members also voted to postpone until...

  • Muslim Waqf opposes expanded egalitarian prayer area at Western Wall

    11 hours ago

    The Waqf, the Islamic trust that oversees the Temple Mount, says it opposes an expanded egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall.

    The Waqf has filed a complaint with the Israel Police and will consider other steps, The Associated Press reported Sunday, citing Omar Kiswani,...

  • Thriving indie Jewish communities join forces to create rabbinic fellowship

    11 hours ago

    In the summer of 2011, Lizzi Heydemann returned to her native Chicago to establish a Jewish community loosely modeled on Ikar, the Los Angeles congregation where she had spent two years as a rabbinic intern.

    She set about harvesting email addresses and putting out the word on...

  • Sanders says he has consulted with J Street, Arab American Institute on Middle East

    11 hours ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he took advice on the Middle East from J Street and the Arab American Institute.

    The Vermont Independent senator, mounting a tough challenge to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination, has been under pressure to...

  • Coen brothers on #OscarsSoWhite: We write what we know – Jews and Minnesotans

    11 hours ago

    Asked about diversity in Hollywood last week, the Coen brothers defended to the Washington Post their history of making movies about Jews and Minnesotans.

    The Oscars So White controversy, #OscarsSoWhite, may reflect a real problem, the film writing-directing-producing duo agreed:...

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