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  • Fragments of Jewish tombstones removed from Polish river

    57 minutes ago

    Fragments of about 100 tombstones from a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis were removed from a riverbed in Poland.

    Archaeologists removed the tombstone fragments from the Warta River, located in Mstow, Silesia, on the border with the Czech Republic, Radio Poland reported...

  • Orthodox Jews, kosher market hit by paintballs in Brooklyn

    2 hours ago

    Police are searching for suspects who targeted a kosher market and some Orthodox Jewish individuals in Brooklyn with a paintball gun.

    On June 29, Bondo’s 24 supermarket in the Williamsburg section and 62-year-old Chaim Klein were hit with paintballs. An unnamed man and his two...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    2 hours ago

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • 10 revealing facts about Orthodox Jewish converts

    By Harrison Ornest-Leslie

    2 hours ago

    There’s some tantalizingly interesting material in the final report of a committee charged with reviewing the way the Rabbinical Council of America, the country’s main Orthodox rabbinical association, deals with conversion.

    Much comes from a survey of 439 Orthodox converts that...

  • Authorities search Indiana home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle

    2 hours ago

    Authorities searched the Indiana home of Subway sandwich chain pitchman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, about two months after the executive director of his foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges.

    Fogle, well known from his appearances on Subway television...

  • Drought leads to mass cutting of trees in Los Angeles

    3 hours ago

    Los Angeles city officials say they don't have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city, so they are cutting down those that are dead or dying from drought.

    According to the city, roughly 14,000 trees have died in the last year alone from drought.

    The North Hollywood...

  • Touch of Pray: Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead

    3 hours ago

    What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson.

    The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with...

  • Hollywood producer, Chabad supporter Jerry Weintraub dead at 77

    By Ryan Torok

    3 hours ago

    Rabbi Levi Cunin still remembers how decades ago, as a little boy, he visited the Malibu home of movie and music mogul Jerry Weintraub at his request with a crew from Chabad to kosher it — and gave the Hollywood producer the surprise of his life. 

    “One of the places where he got...

  • Another golf event drops Trump course due to attack on immigrants

    4 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from...

  • Palestinian bus attacker facing 28 years in prison

    4 hours ago

    A Palestinian man who stabbed 12 people on a Tel Aviv bus was convicted after accepting a plea bargain.

    Hasan Matrouk, 23, from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, was convicted Tuesday in Tel Aviv District Court. Under the terms of the plea, he could receive a sentence of 28 years...

  • Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

    4 hours ago

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched a desperate bid to win fresh aid from skeptical creditors at an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday, before his country's banks run out of money.

    But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on arrival there was still no basis for...

  • 1929 Photo launches a family connection across the ocean

    4 hours ago

    Jewelry hung from Rosa Zacharia’s ears and neck. Bracelets adorned her wrists and she wore rings on six of her fingers. She and her family were dressed to the nines.

    Life appeared to be pretty good for Zacharia and her husband, Naftali, and their three girls: Sara, Rahel and...

  • 9 more Druze-Israelis arrested in ambulance attacks

    4 hours ago

    Nine more Druze-Israelis were arrested in connection with attacks on two ambulances carrying wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals.

    The arrests reported on Tuesday by the Hebrew-language news website Walla bring the total number of arrests in the attacks last month to 21. One...

  • Harry Shearer returning to ‘The Simpsons’

    4 hours ago

    Here's some good news in advance of The Simpsons' panel at Comic-Con.

    Harry Shearer has signed a new deal to return to the Fox animated comedy, the network announced Tuesday. With the deal, all six principal voice actors are confirmed to return for the historic 27th and 28th seasons.

    Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Rabbi of Western Wall apologizes for kippah incident

    4 hours ago

    The rabbi of the Western Wall apologized that a woman was turned away from the holy site for wearing a kippah, but said he was not familiar with the incident.

    Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch said in a statement issued Tuesday that if the incident did occur, the response was incorrect.

  • ‘Schindler’s List’ producer donating Oscar to Yad Vashem

    4 hours ago

    A Croatian Holocaust survivor who worked as a producer on “Schindler’s List” will give his Academy Award from the movie to Yad Vashem.

    Branko Lustig, 83, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, said that the Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem...

  • The Holocaust survivor who coached World Cup star Carli Lloyd

    4 hours ago

    Soccer fans around the world watched in amazement Sunday night as the United States women’s soccer team netted five goals – four of them in the first 16 minutes – to defeat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.

    Three of the first four goals were scored by midfielder...

  • South Carolina Senate votes to banish Confederate flag to museum

    5 hours ago

    South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery.

    A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum easily passed a...

  • Israel says Islamic State’s Sinai assault aimed to help Hamas get arms

    5 hours ago

    Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of supporting last week's assaults by Islamic State affiliates on Egyptian forces in the Sinai in hope of freeing up arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

    The remarks followed Israeli allegations that Hamas members provided training and medical...

  • Tunisia imposes state of emergency and pushes new counter-terrorism law

    6 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tunisia’s President Bejd Caid Essebsi has declared a state of emergency after a terrorist killed 38 European tourists, most of them British, at a beach resort. According to Tunisian law, the president may declare a state of...

  • Suspect in Charleston church shooting indicted on nine murder counts

    6 hours ago

    Dylann Roof, the suspect in last month's massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, the prosecutor said on Tuesday.

    Roof, a 21-year-old white man linked to...

  • Israel’s religious services minister: ‘Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews’

    6 hours ago

    Israel’s religious services minister said in a radio interview that Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews.

    “A Reform Jew, from the moment he stops following Jewish law, I cannot allow myself to say that he is a Jew,” David Azoulay, of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, said...

  • Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

    6 hours ago

    Britain held a minute of silence on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda-inspired attacks in which four suicide bombers killed 52 people across London's transport system.

    The commemoration came just four days after the country came to a standstill to mourn a massacre...

  • Israel’s tourism industry still hurting from last summer’s conflict

    7 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    July and August should be peak season for tourism in Israel. From hiking and snorkeling to exploring ancient ruins or camel riding in the desert, Israel has it all. With schools out for summer in the US many families choose to...

  • Six powers and Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline

    7 hours ago

    Iran and six major powers will keep negotiating past Tuesday's deadline for a long-term nuclear agreement as they tackle the most contentious issues, including the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the big powers said.

    "We are continuing to negotiate for the next...

  • Conversation drives community

    By Zev Hurwitz

    22 hours ago

    One of my favorite Torah lectures from my time in middle school at Maimonides Academy, (okay, the only one I remember) was where our principal delivered an address entitled “If Jews had a Christmas Tree.”

    The concept for a shiur on Christmas Trees in Judaism seems comical at...

  • My First City Council Meeting

    23 hours ago

    I went to my first city council meeting on Tuesday, May 19th and it was an unexpectedly chaotic experience. We had to listen to the meeting in the overflow room because the room in which the meeting took place was full. Despite this disadvantage we still witnessed some exciting and...

  • Jordan Farmar returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

    1 day ago

    Jordan Farmar, a Jewish NBA player who won two league championships as a member of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, is heading back to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Farmar, who is Jewish, played 16 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout of 2011. The 6-2 guard, a...

  • Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked several European leaders to support the United Nations Human Rights Council report that slams Israel’s Gaza war actions, a British newspaper reported.

    Netanyahu called British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela...

  • Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

    1 day ago

    For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash — the rest was in supermarket food...

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