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  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    7 hours ago

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    3 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Survivor: Morris Price

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    “You remain,” the SS soldier said, pointing at Morris Price  — then Moniek Prajs — instructing him to wait in the open truck that had just arrived at Birkenau from the Krakow ghetto. “You get off,” the soldier told another prisoner. Soon, as the soldier continued to shout commands,...

  • What Ida gets right, and wrong

    2 weeks ago

    A Polish farmer standing shoulders-deep in a hole he has dug in wet, black dirt, searching for Jewish skeletons. As Poles uncover and handle Jewish bones, past sins, dirty conscience, betrayal, and buried grief return and have to be faced. In Paweł Łoziński's Miejsce urodzenia (...

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  • Jewish woman killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine

    2 weeks ago

    A Jewish woman was killed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk when shells fired by pro-Russian insurgents hit her home.

    Irina Gregoryivna Shelkayeba, a retiree, was killed Tuesday night, Donetsk community chairman Yehuda Kelerman told JTA.

    She will be buried Thursday in the Jewish cemetery of Donetsk, Kelerman confirmed.

    The attack came less than a day after two rockets hit the nine-story building housing the Hesed social welfare center in the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk. The rockets failed to explode and no one was hurt.

  • David Shapell, developer and philanthropist, dies at 94

    2 weeks ago

    David Shapell, real-estate developer and philanthropist, died Feb. 8.  He was 94.

    For 60 years, Shapell and his wife, Fela, played a major role in furthering Jewish education and building the State of Israel. In 2013, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced the...

  • Kremlin says Putin, Obama urge swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine

    2 weeks ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted in a phone call on Tuesday the need for a political solution to the "internal" conflict in Ukraine to swiftly end the bloodshed there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin also said the two...

  • Large Jewish cemetery in Warsaw is vandalized

    3 weeks ago

    The fence of a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw considered to be one of the largest in Europe was defaced.

    The attack on the Okopowa Street cemetery took place on Saturday; the vandalism was discovered the next day. Burials are still held in part of the cemetery.

    “Jews for slaughter”...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    January 27, 2015 | 9:17 am

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

    January 26, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington...

  • Liebermann: An Artist’s Studio

    By Milad Doroudian

    January 24, 2015 | 6:52 am

    In 2012, the famous Nazi apartment in Munich that held more than 1000 works of stolen art from all over Germany and the world, also held a few disparate pieces by the renowned Impressionist, Max Liebermann. Yet, outside of the art historian bromide-universe he is not so acclaimed,...

  • Five years in the making, ‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

    By Tom Tugend

    January 23, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German.

    The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in...

  • Poland sends request to extradite Polanski to court

    January 20, 2015 | 10:44 am

    Polish prosecutors have sent a request to a regional court in Krakow for the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex-crime conviction, the Prosecutors' Office in Krakow said on Tuesday.

    "The further actions in this case will depend on...

  • On culture and sexuality

    January 16, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    The news is in. Kim Kardashian has released her most explicit photos ever, and an enthused public is looking for more.   

    Why is popular culture obsessed with sexuality?  Why are magazines for the masses checkered with accounts of the dalliances of the rich, the coupling habits...

  • Jack Bender’s lost and found

    January 7, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    During his recent art show, “Junk Blessings,” at the Jewish rehab center Beit T’Shuvah, Jack Bender took the microphone and told the eclectic crowd that when he was a kid, “I’d throw paint up … and call it art. I sometimes feel like I’m still doing that.” 

    It was a humble...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you an Israeli online store, which allows visitors to take home a piece of Jerusalem. The City of David store is located at the heart of the actual City of David in Jerusalem, but also sells products online. It offers special products from the City...

  • Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is objective.

    By Milad Doroudian

    December 25, 2014 | 10:48 pm

    It is no particular secret that human beings enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing things, whether it is art, nature, or just other people. Our eyes are drawn to beauty, to the pleasing colours, lines, and shapes of the world around us, which in turn play a substantial role in...

  • In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

    December 16, 2014 | 9:26 am

    In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

    Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week...

  • Exodus at (Cedars-)Sinai

    By Jared Sichel

    December 11, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    In 2003, when John T. Lange was hired as curator of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s vast contemporary art collection, one of his first tasks was to take inventory of the items in the collection’s storage room.

    Rummaging through a stack high up on a shelf, Lange came across...

  • A Bright Light For The L.A. Art Scene: QART.COM Gallery Opening

    By Milad Doroudian

    December 9, 2014 | 8:11 am

    How much do you know about Stan Lee, despite the fact that he was Jewish, and had something to do with Spiderman? If not much, then here is your chance to discover one of the reasons why he is considered to be one of the most important comic-book artists of all time.

    Quality Art...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    There isn’t much to say about Cherry Tomato. I’m sure you all know and love it, whether it is part of a dish or a healthy snack. The small-sized tomatoes are believed to go all the way back to Aztec Mexico in the 15th century. The Santorini Cherry Tomatoes were used in Greece in...

  • Where are the bodies, MH17 families ask

    November 11, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Daisy Oehlers and Bryce Fredriksz, a Dutch couple in their early 20s, were sitting near the left wing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on their way to a holiday in Bali, when "high energy objects" – as officials later called them – struck the plane over eastern Ukraine.

    Their...

  • Worst east Ukraine shelling for month; cease-fire looks in doubt

    November 10, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    “GO GO Power Rangers!” If you grew up in the 90’s, this catch phrase was a big part of your childhood. If not, you probably heard of the live- action children’s television series at some point, but did you know it was created by Israeli Haim Saban?


    Nowadays, Saban is deeply...

  • Polanski escapes extradition again, plans Dreyfus Affair movie

    November 6, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    The Roman Polanski saga added another chapter last week, and it didn’t leave anybody looking too good.

    First, the United States petitioned the Polish government to arrest film director Roman Polanski and hold him for extradition, the latest in a fruitless, decades-long effort to...

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