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  • Gunmen kill 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack

    15 hours ago

    Attackers ambushed a bus and killed 28 people early on Saturday in northeast Kenya, police and the Ministry of Interior said.

    It was not immediately clear who the attackers were.

    "Bandits ambushed a bus from Mandera that was heading to Nairobi at dawn and killed 28 passengers...

  • FBI arrests 2 suspected Ferguson bomb suspects; later charged with federal firearms offenses

    15 hours ago

    Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

    Word of the...

  • FA investigating Wigan owner Whelan’s remarks

    23 hours ago

    The English FA is looking into remarks made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan despite his apology for apparently insulting Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

    The FA has also confirmed its inquiry into offensive remarks made by Malky Mackay, who Whelan has just...

  • Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

    1 day ago

    Two Jewish men sustained minor injuries after being stabbed outside a religious seminary in eastern Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli media reported.

    Magen David Adom paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the wounded men: a 24-year-old who sustained a back injury and a 21-year-old...

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  • Giving and getting money: It’s not a science, it’s an art

    1 day ago

    I run a nonprofit called Big Sunday. The idea behind Big Sunday is that absolutely everyone has some way to help somebody else. As we like to say, “There are no haves-and-have-nots, just haves-and-have-mores. Everyone has something.” And we can get so much more done when we all...

  • Calendar: Holiday preview 2014

    By Laura Donney

    1 day ago

    FRI | NOV 28

    “THE COMEDIC GENIUS OF RODNEY DANGERFIELD”

    Have some respect! Curated with the help of Rodney Dangerfield’s widow, Joan, this temporary exhibit offers an intimate look into the iconic career of a comedy favorite. Featuring the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Comedy...

  • Audio: Rabbi Werfel on witnessing the Har Nof attack

    1 day ago

    Rabbi Joe Werfel, formerly the Long Island NCSY Assistant Regional Director (1980’s), was a member of the minyan during the Har Nof attack, Cheshvan 5775. At Yeshiva Tifereth Jerusalem, Rabbi Werfel shares his face to face encounter with the two Arab terrorists during tefila services.

    To read part of the transcript, click here.

  • Enjoy Napa Valley Grille and the 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    1 day ago

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend! 

    Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don't miss out on simply grilled...

  • Officials make preparations for Ferguson grand jury decision

    1 day ago

    Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest.

    U.S. Attorney General...

  • AIPAC holds fire as Iran deadline looms

    1 day ago

    As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet – the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international...

  • Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

    1 day ago

    Two Jewish men sustained minor injuries after being stabbed outside a religious seminary in eastern Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli media reported.

    Magen David Adom paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the wounded men: a 24-year-old who sustained a back injury and a 21-year-old...

  • And the only state without a Chabad is…

    By Julie Bien

    1 day ago

    Some 4,200 Chabad rabbis from more than 80 countries are gathering this weekend in New York for the annual conference of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries.

    In the year since they all last got together to attend workshops, listen to keynote lectures from the likes of former Sen. Joseph...

  • Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

    1 day ago

    I never imagined that a day would come when some of the world’s leading corporations would fund calls for Israel’s destruction, let alone at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But that is exactly what happened last week at Harvard.

    My invitation to “Harvard Arab...

  • Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

    1 day ago

    Five years ago, when I began to work for Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, I met with a colleague who worked with early-stage nonprofit organizations that are creating new ways of involving people in Jewish community life.

    How wonderful, I gushed, that there are all these people...

  • Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

    1 day ago

    On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet is set to advance a controversial bill that if passed by the Knesset would enshrine into law Israel’s status as a Jewish state. The nation-state law, as it is being called, has support from much of Israel’s governing coalition but has faced opposition...

  • Merkel against unilaterally recognizing Palestine as a state

    1 day ago

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognizing Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

    The aim should be that both sides agree on a two-state solution –...

  • Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

    1 day ago

    Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

    The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza....

  • Leaving religious life: The ‘un-Orthodox’ path

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 day ago

    The path between the secular world and highly observant Judaism is a two-way street. The baal t’shuvah travels in one direction, but he or she may be taking the place of someone who has abandoned Orthodoxy.  It is these so-called “defectors” whose lives are explored with color and...

  • Combating Hatred: Honoring The Five Men Who Died in Jerusalem

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 day ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am sitting in the lounge at the Los Angeles Airport, on my way to Florida with my wife to help her 102+ year-old mother, Molly, move into assisted living. I am thinking about Molly’s life and how she has survived on her own to this day. She says it is...

  • Obama: Helping terror go nuclear

    1 day ago

    Last Tuesday’s terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue killed five people: four rabbis (including three born in the USA) and a Druze police officer. Two Palestinians entered during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun. Congress showed...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Toldot with Rabbi Robert Scheinberg

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of the United Synagogue in Hoboken, NJ. Rabbi Scheinberg, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, has been the rabbi of the United Synagogue since 1997. He previously served congregations in Massachusetts and Alabama, and serves...

  • Nope, Justin Bieber did not visit a L.A. rabbi on Wednesday

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Pop star Justin Bieber did not visit with a rabbi at the Westside Jewish Communtiy Center (JCC) yesterday despite media reports to the contrary.

    “He met with no rabbi. He came, enjoyed playing [table tennis], he does stuff here; it’s not the first time he’s come,” Brian Greene,...

  • Modeling volunteerism in Israel as an observant Zionist

    By  Orit Arfa

    2 days ago

    This year, Jay Shultz won’t be making a Thanksgiving dinner for the hundreds of American olim (immigrants) he has managed to unite in Tel Aviv through his Am Yisrael Foundation. He did serve one last year, when America’s holiday of gratitude coincided with Chanukah, as a way to...

  • Glorya Kaufman: The philanthropist who loves dance

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 days ago

    When Glorya Kaufman was a little girl, she had a dream.

    “When I was 7 or 8 years old, I wanted to have an orphanage. So I think it’s always been in me to give and to care,” she said. Then she laughed and added, “That was probably from Annie Rooney,” referring to the popular comic...

  • Cancer research is this teen’s cause

    2 days ago

    When she was 11 years old, Morgan Davidson made a promise to her dying grandmother, Barbara Klass, that she would help others who suffered from lymphoma, the cancer that eventually took her grandmother’s life. With her determination and vivacious personality — and a propensity to...

  • Sharing tzedakah with the next generation

    2 days ago

    Like many doting grandparents, Peggy and Ed Robin have given their grandchildren small cash gifts over the years. Last year, they upped the ante and made a significant gift to each of the seven.

    This time, though, the money came with a caveat: It had to be given away.

    The...

  • Palestinian Authority must face U.S. trial over terror support

    2 days ago

    U.S. victims of bombings and shootings in Jerusalem more than a decade ago have cleared a final hurdle to take the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to trial in New York for supporting the attacks.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan...

  • The Status Quo Myth

    2 days ago

    With tensions still high in Jerusalem and throughout the rest of Israel, the latest buzzword that is being bounced around in the regional and international media is "status quo".  More specifically, Israel is accused by the Arabs and their supporters of trying to change the status...

  • Death in a synagogue

    By Avi Davis

    2 days ago

    They could hear the iron doors at the front of the synagogue clang shut behind them.  Crowded together with 2,000 other people inside the main sanctuary, the man and the woman looked at each other in panic. The woman gazed down at her five year-old-son and gripped the little boy’s...

  • Why Judaism needs journalism

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.

    This problem isn’t made up — it’s real. We live in a world where the options are so...

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