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  • Iran’s Rouhani accuses West of exploiting Sunni-Shi’ite rift, raps Israel

    9 hours ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Western powers of trying to exploit differences between the world's Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims to divert attention from the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state television reported on Friday.

    Rouhani's comments came as tens of thousands of...

  • 9 iconic sites that celebrate American Jewish history

    9 hours ago

    Monday is Independence Day in the U.S. That means it’s time for many Americans to take a day off, watch some fireworks and grill large amounts of meat to enjoy with friends and family.

    Of course, the 4th of July — which commemorates the adoption by the Continental Congress of the...

  • Mideast Quartet blames Palestinians for incitement, Israel for settlement expansion

    10 hours ago

    Israel welcomed a highly anticipated report from the Middle East Quartet for citing Palestinian incitement as an obstacle to peace, but regretted what it calls the report’s failure to address the “real core” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “the persistent Palestinian refusal...

  • Sarah Silverman, Jeffrey Tambor and Goldie Hawn to get Hollywood Walk of Fame stars

    10 hours ago

    Comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Jeffrey Tambor, actress Goldie Hawn, Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, and actor George Segal are all getting their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Their names were announced in the annual list put out by the Hollywood Chamber of...

  • Istanbul and Hallel

    By Rob Eshman

    10 hours ago

    After the Istanbul airport terror attack that left 49 dead and hundreds wounded, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement, “Make no mistake, for terror groups, there are no differences between Istanbul, London, Berlin, Ankara or Chicago.”

    Too bad he left out...

  • Chabad leader in Russia slams state-funded TV for airing ‘blood libel’

    11 hours ago

    A Chabad-Lubavitch leader condemned a state-funded channel’s airing of Palestinian allegations that an Israeli rabbi approved the poisoning of Palestinian wells.

    Rabbi Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, said the RT network’s June 27...

  • Trump supporter who urged Bernie Sanders to convert to Christianity backtracks

    11 hours ago

    An African-American pastor who warmed up the crowd at a rally for Donald Trump by urging the religious conversion of Bernie Sanders said he hadn’t meant to insult the “Jewish faith.”

    Mark Burns, the president of the Christian NOW Television Network and one of Trump’s few public...

  • Oh, Canada? Jews you didn’t know were Canadian

    12 hours ago

    Do you find yourself ending sentences with the sound, “eh?” Do you pronounce “about” “a-boot?” Do you feel a little smug and superior watching coverage of the American presidential election?

    If so, you might be Canadian.

    And if that’s indeed the case, we at JTA would like to...

  • Brexit poll: Jews voted 2-1 to remain in EU

    12 hours ago

    Twice as many British Jews voted to remain in the European Union rather than exit, according to a new survey.

    Conducted by the Survation polling firm earlier this week for The Jewish Chronicle, the opinion poll of  1,000 British Jews showed that 59 percent were displeased by last...

  • All Spies Should Focus on Fruit - a Poem for Shelach

    By Rick Lupert

    13 hours ago

    Just out of Egypt for a year or so and we already have
    a system of espionage. Spies! Sent to the promised land.
    An advance party to gather intelligence. Human Jewish
    drones dwelling on the outskirts of Canaan.

    For how long? Forty days of course. Forty is our default
    unit of...

  • Berlin rabbi: Jewish leaders need to help save the EU

    13 hours ago

    A prominent rabbi in Berlin called on other Jewish community leaders to do everything in their power to prevent additional countries from leaving the European Union after Britain’s vote to exit the bloc.

    Yehudah Teichtal, a rabbi of the Jewish community of Berlin, made the call...

  • US sales of ‘Mein Kampf’ will benefit Holocaust survivors in Boston

    13 hours ago

    The U.S. publisher of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” says it will donate all revenues from the infamously anti-Semitic book to a Jewish organization that helps Holocaust survivors in the Boston area.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is based in Boston, had initially planned to...

  • T.O.L.D.

    By Joy Bennett

    13 hours ago

    Just got back from a brilliant private performance by T.O.L.D. of his just released debut album “It's Not About Witches” at the elegant SoHo House in West Hollywood.  His work has lyrics of stark beauty, with an utterly unique sound -- the music of a real artist. 

    My favorite...

  • Bernie Sanders’ appointee to platform committee says ‘I’m not anti-Israel’

    14 hours ago

    James Zogby, one of Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the the Democratic Party’s platform committee, said he had been unfairly typecast as an anti-Israel activist.

    “I’ve just been cast as the anti-Israel guy,” Zogby, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, said in...

  • The occupation that killed Hallel Yaffa Ariel

    By David Suissa

    14 hours ago

    It’s not the disputed occupation of the West Bank that convinced a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager to stab a 13-year-old Jewish girl to death while she was sleeping. 

    Rather, it’s the corrosive and longtime occupation of Palestinian hearts and minds with vicious, genocidal...

  • Trump urges Palestinians to stop incitement, ‘barbaric behavior’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    14 hours ago

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Friday condemned the murder of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel Jewish girl, who was stabbed to death in her bed by a Palestinian terrorist on Thursday.

    Hallel was an American citizen, the State Department said on Thursday, condemning...

  • Israeli man killed, wife badly hurt in shooting attack on family car

    14 hours ago

    An Israeli man was killed and his wife was severely wounded in a shooting attack near a West Bank settlement.

    The attack Friday near Beit Hagai was against a family traveling in their car on Route 60, Army Radio reported. Two of the family’s children were wounded: A 15-year-old...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Shelach with Rabbi Shana Mackler

    By Shmuel Rosner

    20 hours ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Shana Mackler of The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville, TN. Rabbi Mackler was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, June 2004. She also earned her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC in 2003....

  • Real Housewives of New York City Week 12 & 13

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    I apologize for another double blog! I was away last weak and will be away next week, so it will be another double dip in a couple of weeks. This show is getting annoying, but that was to be expected. Even when rolling my eyes though,...

  • Jewish camp counselor in NJ dies at 37

    1 day ago

    A 37-year-old New Jersey high school teacher and father of a 4-year-old girl died while working at a Jewish day camp.

    Josh Allen, of South Orange, fainted during an orientation session at JCC MetroWest’s Camp Deeny Riback on June 25 and never regained consciousness, the New...

  • “Odd Mom Out” proves perception is reality

    1 day ago

    The second season of Bravo’s sassy, snappy comedy "Odd Mom Out" has recently begun.  The show is a spoof of family life on the affluent Upper East Side of New York City, complete with quick-paced dialogue and lots of laughs. The focus of this week’s episode was Yom Kippur, the...

  • Jewish ex-major leaguer trying to get back to baseball’s big show

    1 day ago

    Taking a seat on the dugout bench of the Portland Sea Dogs, Nate Freiman politely dismisses the premise that he pines to return to the major leagues.

    Maybe it’s a defense mechanism now that he’s two seasons and three organizations removed from his last appearance in the bigs. But...

  • In NH, Trump denounces ‘nasty’ anti-Israel comment

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    1 day ago


    Donald Trump on Thursday denounced anti-Israel rhetoric, pledging to continue the United States longstanding commitment to protect Israel’s security.

    During a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire, an audience member asked Trump to comment on his opposition to...

  • Louisiana sheriff allegedly called federal prosecutor anti-Semitic epithet

    1 day ago

    A Louisiana sheriff charged with abusing prison inmates allegedly called a federal prosecutor a “sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard” and talked about shooting him between his “god-damned Jewish eyes.”

    According to court papers filed Wednesday, Louis Ackal of Iberia Parish, a county...

  • Will public transit apps create customers or citizens?

    1 day ago

    When I first arrived in San Francisco, in 1988, I often took a bus called the 22 Fillmore, which ran from Potrero Hill, around a hairpin corner above the Castro, and out to the tony Marina. On one end dwelled ancient socialites in little hats, on the other old longshoremen, with so...

  • Homeland Security awards $20 million in grants to nonprofits seen as high risk

    1 day ago

    In a program that has benefited Jewish institutions, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $20 million in security preparedness grants to nonprofit agencies at high risk of attacks.

    The allocations for fiscal year 2016, which were announced Wednesday by Secretary of...

  • Murdered Israeli girl had US citizenship

    1 day ago

    The 13-year-old Israeli girl killed in her West Bank bedroom on Thursday also was an American citizen.

    A State Department spokesman confirmed at a news briefing that Hallel Yaffa Ariel of Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement near Hebron, was a U.S. citizen, several media outlets...

  • German museum voters do not pick Albert Einstein’s brain

    1 day ago

    A German museum will not feature a walk-through model of Albert Einstein’s brain after visitors to its website voted to make the brain of German soccer star Karl-Heinz “Charly” Körbel the centerpiece of its exhibit.

    The Senckenberg Museum for Natural Sciences sought public input...

  • Palestinian assailant stabs 2 in Netanya, shot dead by civilian

    1 day ago

    An Israeli man and woman were injured in a stabbing attack in the coastal Israeli city of Netanya.

    The man, reportedly in his 40s, and the woman, reportedly in her 60s, were moderately to severely injured in the Thursday afternoon attack near the city’s market, according to...

  • Never Forgotten Common History of Turks and Jews

    1 day ago

    Realpolitik may have its impact on foreign policies of countries to further their interests. Yet there are some never-to-be-forgotten yesterdays in the histories of nations that cement an everlasting bond between them. This has been especially true for Turks and Jews, two peoples...

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