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  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 11 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    8 minutes ago

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    This season started out good and is getting better. This show is the best it has ever been and while I am firmly a fan of Teresa Giudice, I would challenge anyone who does not like to her convince me she is the reason they watch. Love...

  • Hamas: Terrorists or not?

    45 minutes ago

    This story originally appeared at themedialine.org.

    The advocate general of the European Union recommended on September 22 that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) remove Hamas, the Palestinian organization which rules the Gaza Strip, from the EU’s terrorist list.

    The list,...

  • FIFA urged to nix Israel’s West Bank soccer games

    2 hours ago

    A human rights group called on FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, to quit sponsoring matches in the West Bank held by Israel’s soccer association.

    “By holding games on stolen land, FIFA is tarnishing the beautiful game of football,” Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine...

  • Easiest. Rosh Hashanah dinner. Ever.

    3 hours ago

    Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holidays cooking all summer so they would be...

  • 10 US Muslim leaders urge Hamas to release remains of Israeli soldiers

    3 hours ago

    Ten U.S. Muslim leaders, including both Muslims in Congress, urged Hamas to return to Israel the remains of two soldiers.

    “In the name of Almighty God the most merciful and compassionate, we appeal to you on the basis of humanity and charity to release the remains of Hadar Goldin...

  • Netanyahu describes mutual interests in defending ties with Russia

    3 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that outreach between Israel and Russia made sense because of shared concerns about militant Islam, a desire to avoid clashes in Syria and Russia’s interest in Israeli technology.

    Netanyahu appeared in New York on Sept. 22 to receive...

  • Schumer warns against using UN as forum to pressure Israel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 hours ago

    This story orignally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–New York) on Sunday warned the Obama administration not to support any attempt to impose a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the UN Security Council.

    “The U.S. must always come to...

  • Houston gunman was wearing Nazi paraphernalia, sources say

    3 hours ago

    The gunman who carried out Monday morning's shooting that wounded nine people was wearing what appeared to be Nazi paraphernalia, two law enforcement sources told Channel 2 Investigates' Robert Arnold.

    The shooting was reported just after 6 a.m. near a shopping center on the northwest corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet streets.

    Read more at click2houston.com.

  • Tsdik Goy: A great and good woman

    3 hours ago

    It is rare for any Jew to heap praise on any German.  History, and specifically the Holocaust, understandably prevents the utterance of such praise from the lips of our people.  Still, in a hateful world of terrorism, attempted genocide, and persecution, a righteous German has...

  • Deborah Lipstadt provides free speech lessons to Rachel Weisz for ‘Denial’ role

    3 hours ago

    Before the most dramatic episode of her professional life became a movie, Deborah Lipstadt had some work to do.

    No, she didn't have to make some last-minute changes to the script or take a crash course in acting. Her job: To teach Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz how to talk...

  • Where have you gone, Vin Scully?

    4 hours ago

    It was a hot August afternoon, and I sat nestled in the corner of a tent at Camp Ramah, in Ojai, California.  Distant sounds of rock music wafted across the boys’ shetach (area), mingled with the laughing voices of kids horsing around.  The rhythmic, satisfying “whoop” of baseballs...

  • Dominican Republic: My First Visit with Fathom Adonia

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    5 hours ago

    After spending nearly seven years at sea with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Renaissance Cruises, it can be challenging to find a ship port that I have not seen. I was thrilled to be invited to sail on the new Fathom Cruises concept to the Dominican Republic....

  • Sheldon Adelson to give up to $25 million to super PAC dedicated to derailing Clinton

    6 hours ago

    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson reportedly will contribute as much as $25 million to a super PAC dedicated to derailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

    The Future 45 fund was founded by Joe Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise and his wife,...

  • Netanyahu meets with Trump at Trump Tower

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    6 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at his residence in Trump Tower on Sunday.

    The meeting was closed to media and cameras were lucky to only capture a split second of Benjamin Netanyahu entering Trump Tower behind a...

  • 5 Jewish things to watch out for at tonight’s Clinton-Trump debate

    7 hours ago

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet Monday night for their first debate at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.

    There are two more coming, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 19, and a debate between their running mates, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., will take place...

  • Clinton reaffirms opposition to UNSC resolution in meeting with Netanyahu

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    7 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for about 50 minutes at the W Hotel in Union Square, Manhattan on Sunday.

    “Secretary Clinton had an in-depth conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu,” a senior Clinton...

  • The meaning of Shana Tova

    By Shmuel Rosner

    13 hours ago

    Wishing people Shana Tova, and meaning it, is trickier than you think. Exactly a week from today, we will all do just that – we will all wish everybody a happy new year, using the traditional Jewish greeting Shana Tova – a good year.

    But before we do, it is worth remembering that...

  • 2016 Election Blog #25: Moving to the Home Stretch! Where Debates, Money, and Votes…

    By Steven Windmueller

    19 hours ago

    There are a number of key factors related to the closing of an election campaign. This year there are no exceptions!

    The Non Voter:  Of particular concern is the presence of a significant part of the electorate, who will either opt out of this election or choose to support a...

  • Sunday Reads: Trump vs. Reagan, The Obama-Netanyahu meeting, Germany’s neo-Moorish synagogues

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago


    Samuel Oakford and Peter Salisbury see Yemen as ”the graveyard for the Obama doctrine” :

    Obama has said little about the war in Yemen. With mere months left in his presidency, there is scarce indication that he will. Increasingly skeptical of America’s ability to shape...

  • Real Housewives of Melbourne Finale Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Grey Goose.

    I love this show and think these women are fabulous television, so it is a shame the season is so short. The finale came in 11 short weeks, and even though the episodes are an hour and fifteen minutes long, it still is not enough....

  • Abbot Kinney Festival Tomorrow

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    If you're looking for something very cool to do tomorrow, 9/25/16, I can recommend the 32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival on Abbot Kinney Blvd., between Venice Blvd. and Main Street in Venice, CA.  This free event has five live music stages, vendors, great food and drinks, a Kids Quad, chalk art, bike valet, picnic area, etc.  Check it out!   For all the information, visit abbotkinney.org.  It runs from 10 am to 6 pm tomorrow.  Fun times.  If you see me there, come up and say hi!

  • Entertainment calendar: September and October

    By Amanda Epstein

    3 days ago

    TUES | SEPT 27


    Award-winning author Maggie Anton has a new book called “Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What.” It mixes discussion about the Talmud with cartoons and observations by serious thinkers and comedians. It also...

  • History and cultural struggles filmed in distinctive Jewish worlds

    By Iris Mann

    3 days ago

    Among this fall’s cinematic gems are two from director Dani Menkin, an Israeli who now lives and works in Los Angeles. During a recent interview, Menkin indicated that both films are very personal, each in its own way. 

    The first, a documentary called “On the Map,” chronicles...

  • Jumping into ‘StartUp,’ fatherhood

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Adam Brody first came to fame 13 years ago as the half-Jewish, Chrismukkah-celebrating Seth Cohen in the Newport Beach-set series “The O.C.” This fall, he’s playing another Jewish character, Nick Talman, in the drama “StartUp,” now streaming on Crackle.com.

    “It’s offhandedly...

  • Jewish touchstones are in ‘Red Oaks’ DNA

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Paul Reiser, remembered for his long-running role in “Mad About You” in the ’90s and parts in a host of other films and series since then (“Whiplash,” “Concussion,” “Married”), is now playing Getty, the country club president, in Amazon’s “Red Oaks,” returning for its second season...

  • Where Jewish stars are shining on TV this season

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Our guide to the Members of the Tribe in new and returning series and specials includes familiar faces and a few newcomers. 

    The dark comedy “Divorce” marks a return to HBO for “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker (Oct. 9), and the cast of the network’s new sci-fi/Western...

  • Long a rival, Ted Cruz endorses Trump in U.S. presidential race

    3 days ago

    In an abrupt shift, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday, saying he is the only candidate who can stop Democrat Hillary Clinton from winning the White House on Nov. 8.

    "A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I...

  • The Holocaust defense in the face of ‘Denial’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    There was a time when the esteemed Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt would never have imagined that one of her books might be turned into a dramatic feature film.  But in 2000, a series of startling events unfolded for Lipstadt, beginning when British Holocaust denier David Irving...

  • A plan for autumn author readings

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 days ago

    This fall brings an especially lively assortment of books and authors to Southern California bookstores, ranging from masters of literary fiction to members of the glitterati, and at least one music superstar whose book-signing promises to draw a record-breaking crowd.


  • Video: Zaydes and bubbes urge grandkids to stop Trump

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    In 2008, it was Jewish grandchildren persuading their grandparents in Florida to vote for Barack Obama. In this year’s election, some concerned Jewish grandparents in the New York City area were dispatched to use some leverage to implore their grandchildren to stop Donald Trump and...

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