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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 hours ago

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    2 days ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

    By tessc

    2 days ago

    An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers.

    The excavations in Poland have been going on since 2007, and thousands of inmates’ personal items have been found at the site. They include rings, pendants, earrings, jewelry, perfume bottles,...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    3 days ago

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

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  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    3 days ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    4 days ago

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Kindle – what a life changing invention. This small device made reading “cool” again by enabling users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. But what does it have to do with Israel?


    It is...

  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    1 week ago

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

    The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • Survivor: Barry Weintraub

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    "Get out of the house. Go.” 

    Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just...

  • Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling

    2 weeks ago

    A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, jeopardizing a cease-fire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

    The accord, brokered by envoys...

  • More than 40 Jewish Culture, Music, Film etc Festivals in Poland each year

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    3 weeks ago

    This post can also be read on my Jewish Heritage Travel Blog

    Readers of this blog know that each year since 2009 I have tried to put together a list of Jewish culture, music, film -- etc -- festivals that take place around Europe.

    This year (so far) the list includes 40 or so,...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    3 weeks ago

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

  • The Judaism in Transition exchange, part 1: What can economics teach us about our religious lives?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...

  • Reflections on Sept. 1, 1939

    3 weeks ago

    Sept. 1, 2014, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. On that day in 1939, Germany launched the invasion of Poland, marking the beginning of hostilities in World War II.  Sixty million people died in the conflict over the next six years, including 6 million...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2014 | 12:20 am

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    August 22, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    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...

  • Ukrainian court nixes controversial Jewish heritage projects in Lviv

    August 15, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    A Ukrainian supreme court forbade the Municipality of Lviv from going ahead with controversial plans for commemorating Jewish heritage sites.

    The Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine issued its ruling Wednesday against the city’s plans to design and build projects that would...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 
         Where...

  • For ‘hardcore’ Jews displaced by Ukrainian fighting, Israel beckons

    August 12, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Each time he dispatches a car into Lugansk, Rabbi Shalom Gopin readies himself for hours of anxious anticipation.

    The scene of brutal urban warfare between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, this eastern Ukrainian city now has no regular power supply, running water or...

  • Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

    August 4, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

    The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and...

  • Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

    July 29, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

    The United States and the European Union, in a carefully...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Could a Hamas-owned SA-11 Buk destroy Israeli air travel?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 28, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2002, two men in Kenya propped Russian-made SA-7 “Strela” missile launchers on their shoulders, took aim for a nearby midair Arkia Israel Airlines passenger jet and fired at its 250 passengers.

    Both shots missed.

    At about the same time, 15 miles away in...

  • Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of evangelical Christian

    July 28, 2014 | 11:48 am

    A few hours before he departed Amsterdam for Australia on July 17, Ithamar Avnon was praying for peace with his parents at their home in the Netherlands.

    That evening, pro-Russian separatists shot down Avnon’s flight, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, over eastern Ukraine, killing all...

  • Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

    July 28, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.

    Troops recaptured two rebel-held...

  • Interpol team begins identifying victims of flight MH17 crash

    July 22, 2014 | 11:01 am

    International police agency Interpol said on Tuesday one of its teams had started identifying victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 flight that crashed over Ukraine last week.

    "The remains of victims recovered so far were labeled and numbered before being transported in...

  • Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

    July 21, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

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