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  • Sen. Boxer forcefully defends Israel, refutes divide amongst Democratic voters

    By Jared Sichel

    20 hours ago

    In a Friday press conference at Los Angeles City Hall, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), when asked about a July poll by Pew Research that showed low support for Israel amongst Democratic voters in its current war with Hamas, said she has not “seen that poll” and that the “American...

  • Matthew Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ and male friendships

    20 hours ago

    As the creator of "Mad Men," AMC Networks' period TV drama and its brooding, dysfunctional ad man Don Draper, Matthew Weiner has had some experience in exploring the male psyche.

    In his directorial feature film debut "Are You Here," in theaters on Friday, Weiner wanted to tackle...

  • Well-known Turkish Jewish couple found murdered

    20 hours ago

    A prominent Turkish Jewish couple were found murdered in their Istanbul home.

    Police discovered the bodies of husband and wife, Jak Karako, 77, and Georgia Karako, 69, inside their apartment on Friday. They had been stabbed multiple times.

    The Karakos were the former owners...

  • Recovering Judaism And Living Kosher

    By Beit T'shuvah

    21 hours ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    WHAT IS FITTING AND PROPER?

    This question haunts me each day, each week, each month and each year. It is especially present today as I reviewed the Weekly Torah Portion and read about Kashrut.

    Kashrut is usually associated with food and, in my search...

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  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    21 hours ago

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS.

    After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist...

  • CBS to adapt British sitcom about Jewish family

    23 hours ago

    CBS will adapt a British sitcom called “Friday Night Dinner” about a Jewish family.

    The British show, created by Robert Popper, is about the Goodmans, a traditional Jewish family with two sons who come home each week for Friday night dinner.

    According to entertainment...

  • David Gregory’s Jewish book plans

    23 hours ago

    David Gregory was just recently sacked as the host of “Meet the Press” in the most public and humiliating fashion possible. And like so many before him, he will seek respite from the suffering of worldly scorn in the consolations of religion.

    This is not to say that Gregory will...

  • Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

    23 hours ago

    Several colleges have pulled students out early from summer study abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

    Other programs have continued because their students live in Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, which are far...

  • Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

    1 day ago

    A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building.

    Scrawled on the walls of the historic Caroline school in Copenhagen were the words “No peace in Gaza” and “No peace to you Zionist...

  • British Jewish human rights activist Helen Bamber dies

    1 day ago

    Jewish human rights activist Helen Bamber, who founded organizations to help victims of torture and violence, has died at 89.

    Born in 1925, Bamber protested against the British fascist movement of Oswald Mosley as a teenager in London, according to an obituary published Friday in...

  • Poll: Israeli Jews, Arabs oppose intermarriage

    1 day ago

    Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a poll.

    Conducted by Haaretz and the Dialog company on Tuesday and Wednesday, the poll found that opposition to interfaith relationships was...

  • Governor Brown: Sign the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act for California’s Women

    1 day ago

    This past week, just a few months after the Supreme Court’s unjust Hobby Lobby decision, the California legislature moved to progress reproductive justice by passing the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act. The bill is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed, and it is...

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The high cost of cheap vegetables

    1 day ago

    My Facebook feed lit up last week with an article in the Aug. 9 New York Times headlined: “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers.”

    In it, Bren Smith chronicles the financial woes of today’s small farmers: The high costs of land access, competition from nonprofits and...

  • In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

    1 day ago

    On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to address a community meeting in the neighboring city of Florissant. In front of Governor Jay Nixon, Obama administration officials and community...

  • Gaza rocket strikes Israeli synagogue, wounding several people

    1 day ago

    A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city of Ashdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said.

    "There is damage at the scene and a number of people were injured by shrapnel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The attack came shortly before evening...

  • Gaza mortar bomb kills Israeli child, 4: security sources

    1 day ago

    A mortar bomb fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm on Friday, Israeli security sources said.

    The boy would be the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the coastal territory since the outbreak of conflict on July 8, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week. More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, most of them civilians.

  • Gaza gunmen execute Palestinian ‘collaborators’; mortar kills Israeli boy

    1 day ago

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to...

  • Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    1 day ago

    What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group. John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group's] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we...
  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Re’eh with Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, the senior rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue in Florida. Rabbi Goldberg serves as Co-Chair of the Orthodox Rabbinical Board's Va'ad Ha'Kashrus, as Director of the Rabbinical Council of America's South Florida Regional Beis Din for...

  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    2 days ago

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

  • Jewish student assaulted at Temple University

    2 days ago

    Hillel, the campus student group, is expressing “outrage” over an attack on a Jewish student at Temple University on Wednesday and is calling on the university to ensure the safety of its Jewish students.

    At the same time, the school’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine...

  • Giant Palestine Flag Draped on New York Bridge Under Investigation

    2 days ago

    New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said.

    The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge...

  • Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen,’ Pentagon says

    2 days ago

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

    "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere...

  • Blocked Israeli cargo ship in Oakland unloads after deking activists

    2 days ago

    An Israeli-operated cargo ship blocked from unloading its goods for four days in Oakland by anti-Israel protesters feigned a return to sea before doubling back secretly to port.

    The standoff began Saturday when the Piraeus, operated by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s...

  • Wrongchilde Record Release Show

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    Mat Devine

    Last night I was invited to the Wrongchilde Record Release Show at Community in Los Angeles fronted by Mat Devine of the band Kill Hannah.  It's a new project of Mr. Devine's and several other notable musicians of the alternative rock scene.  Great music, impressive sound -- much luck to Mr. Devine and his fellow musicians!

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    2 days ago

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • Finding the Goldbergs: A Catskills mystery unraveled

    2 days ago

    The moment I kicked in the door of the abandoned house in the heart of the Catskills, I felt like I was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone: Borscht Belt edition.”

    In some corners it appeared as if the residents were just out for the afternoon. Pictures and tchotchkes adorned the...

  • Who is a Holocaust survivor — and does it matter?

    2 days ago

    When she was arrested earlier this week during a peaceful St. Louis demonstration against police actions in Ferguson, Mo., Hedy Epstein grabbed national attention.

    That was partly because, as a 90-year-old white woman, Epstein was not the typical advocate for a young unarmed...

  • Meeting the owner of the L.A. urban farm where Kimbra wrote “The Golden Echo”

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    The setting was about as unorthodox and unique as the woman.

    Standing on a sidewalk in Koreatown, Rosa Goudsmit, 42, was watching her two baby children, Benjamin and Devrah, who fell asleep in the front seat of her Chevy 3500 truck, which she uses to safely transport bees—yes,...

  • ‘Terrorists’ help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

    2 days ago

    Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

    The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, says it...

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