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  • New $3 million initiative for intermarried outreach honors Michael Douglas

    24 minutes ago

    The Genesis Prize Foundation and the Jewish Funders Network launched a $3.3 million matching grant program to fund an intermarried outreach initiative.

    The program launched Monday in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize laureate Michael Douglas aims to foster a culture of acceptance for...

  • Will dueling op-eds turn into dueling lawsuits?

    34 minutes ago

    A war of words between one of the country’s leading Israel-related organizations, the New Israel Fund (NIF), and Ronn Torossian, a scrappy public relations man who has been campaigning against the organization for the better part of a year, is now on the cusp of becoming a legal...

  • Neither Trump nor ISIS is going away soon

    48 minutes ago

    There are three things most young men want – need really – so much so that it’s seemingly part of their DNA:  1) to feel relevant, to have status of some sort; 2) to be able to give vent to their aggressive tendencies, up to and including sometimes, killing; 3) to have sex, pretty...

  • Israeli injured in West Bank drive-by shooting

    1 hour ago

    A Jewish-Israeli man was injured in a drive-by shooting in the northern West Bank.

    The car of the victim, who lives in an Israeli settlement, was fired upon Sunday near the Kedumim settlement. The victim received emergency treatment at the scene for an injury to his hand before...

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  • Bernie Sanders closing gap on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, poll shows

    1 hour ago

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is closing the gap in Iowa on front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic race for president, according to a poll.

    Clinton leads Sanders, who is Jewish, by a margin of 37 percent to 30 percent among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa,...

  • Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven dead at 76

    1 hour ago

    Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," died on Sunday afternoon, his family said in a statement. He was 76.

    Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit "Scream," died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles...

  • Israeli rabbinical group to host 55,000 secular Jews for holiday services

    2 hours ago

    The Tzohar rabbinical organization will host more than 55,000 people at 295 locations throughout Israel for Yom Kippur services.

    In addition, the group for the first time will host the “Listening Together” shofar program for Rosh Hashanah in community centers and schools.

    ...
  • Iran jails two people for 10 years on espionage charges

    2 hours ago

    A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the United States and Israel, the judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted.

    "These two people were sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Revolutionary...

  • Auschwitz ‘showers’ for tourists cool off some, offend others

    2 hours ago

    Out of all places on planet Earth, where is one of the last locations many would expect to see a shower of any kind – even one that just shoots mists of cold water for overheated visitors?

    Probably the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

    However, that was the scene this...

  • Wasserman Schultz reportedly nixed Dems’ vote on backing Iran deal, praising Obama

    2 hours ago

    Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly prevented consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting that praised President Barack Obama and offered backing for the Iran nuclear deal.

    The Washington Post report on Saturday, which cited...

  • Arab local councils set to strike beginning of school year

    2 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Salim Sleibi, the mayor of the Israeli Arab town of Majd al-Krum, should be getting ready for the opening of the school year on September 1. Instead, he is preparing for a strike that will keep the 5000 students in his town home...

  • Israeli scientists make steps toward decoding human genome

    3 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    [Jerusalem] Scientists at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have announced the creation of an internet tool that they hope will be a step forward in tackling illnesses associated with mutated genes passed from parents to children. A...

  • A boy, a soldier, an occupation snapshot

    By Shmuel Rosner

    8 hours ago

    There is something inherently confusing about an IDF soldier that is attacked by Palestinian women as he attempts to arrest a Palestinian boy. The photo of such a soldier was published the other day, and it ignited a fierce debate among Israelis.

    It is confusing because the...

  • Getting “The Finger” on Florida Highways

    By Mindy Leaf

    19 hours ago

    I've always been a safe driver. Perhaps overly cautious (according to my husband) at times, but it's kept me alive and intact ... thus far. A late learner of necessity (former subway-riding New Yorker moves to suburban South Florida), I was never one to glamorize vehicles or thrill...

  • Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, dies at age 82

    20 hours ago

    Dr. Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and the best-selling author of “Awakenings,” has died.

    Sacks died Sunday of cancer at his home in New York City, according to The New York Times. He was 82.

    He gained prominence from his work as a clinical neurologist, as well as from the...

  • Sunday: The risks of going for a better deal with Iran, How to fight Israel haters on campuses

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

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    James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment, takes a look at the risks of going for a better deal with Iran:

    If Congress now prevents the United States from implementing its part of the deal, the risk that the sanctions regime will...

  • The Execution of Texas Deputy Sherriff Darren H. Goforth

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    I've tried to write about this murder since I heard about it but haven’t had the words. There are things I want to say but worry I will write the wrong thing. There are a lot of stories being written about what happened in Texas and it will be a while before we know the truth about...

  • Wharton Business Magazine Zooms With Zipkick

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    Being a Social Influencer Means … a Road Trip?

    Jason Will’s years of experience as a consultant at Accenture and Slalom gave him the knowledge to launch his new travel app Zipkick, but he partnered with a social media influencer, Scott Eddy, for the marketing fuel to power the...

  • Switzerland says regrets envoy’s display of Netanyahu cartoon

    3 days ago

    Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.

    Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the image during a...

  • Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

    3 days ago

    As Congress weighs the Iran nuclear agreement, confidence that Tehran will comply must be high on its agenda. Because the revolutionary regime has a history of cheating on nuclear deals, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to ensure compliance...

  • Yazidi leaders demand ‘Jewish Schindler’ prove he is saving people

    3 days ago

    A group of Yazidi spiritual leaders, politicians, activists and aid workers have demanded that the Jewish Montreal businessman claiming to have rescued 128 Christian and Yazidi women and children from the Islamic State, or ISIS, provide evidence that he is saving lives.

    Steve...

  • Why some public school parents are switching to Jewish day schools

    3 days ago

    When Ali Martell’s eldest daughter reached school age, Martell and her husband both assumed she’d go to a Jewish day school, as they had.

    And for a while, she did. But after the couple’s two younger children started school, too, the Martells began to feel overburdened by tuition....

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • Meet the Jewish woman getting ready to live on Mars

    3 days ago

    Dr. Sheyna Gifford — a Jewish medical doctor, science journalist, astrophysics researcher and space enthusiast — is preparing to live on Mars.

    Gifford, 36, will join five other crew members in the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat for a...

  • U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

    3 days ago

    The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has built an extension to its military facility at Parchin.

    A segment of the confidential report seen by the Reuters news agency says that while Iran has largely been complying with...

  • Kansas City shooter: ‘I had a patriotic intent to stop genocide’

    3 days ago

    The white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, told a jury he is not guilty because he merely was trying to “defend my people against genocide.”

    If convicted in the April 2014  shootings outside the JCC of...

  • Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

    3 days ago

    With evidence mounting that a Nazi train loaded with millions of dollars worth of plundered items has been found in Poland, the World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their legitimate owners or their heirs.

    On Friday,...

  • Frequently raised objections to the flu shot

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    3 days ago

    Last week our office received our batch of flu shots for the upcoming flu season. Every fall I urge my readers to get a flu shot. If you’d like to know the different kinds of flu vaccines available, and which is right for you, read my post from last year.

    This year I’d like to...

  • Natalie Portman should be commended, not criticized

    3 days ago

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman clearly hit a nerve when, in a recent interview with the British newspaper, The Independent, she questioned the validity of the type of Holocaust education she had received growing up.

    “I think a really big question the Jewish community needs...

  • Abbas reportedly building $13M presidential compound

    3 days ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly having a $13-million luxurious presidential palace built near Ramallah despite his government facing a $2-billion deficit.

    According to the Times of Israel and several other Israeli news outlets, the project, which...

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