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  • The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

    2 weeks ago

    The Jewish world has been shaken by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three companies that it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

    The denomination has placed itself squarely on the side of the divestment movement that seeks to hold...

  • Two Israeli-Jewish projects you should know about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 12, 2012 | 10:29 am

    1. This year, as part of the international Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated on January 27th, a new song will be released too national radio stations in Israel. This song is a co-production of holocaust survivors and popular musicians in Israel. This initiative, called 'Insights'...

  • An Independent Palestinian state- what’s the problem?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2012 | 10:25 am


    Last Thursday, the U.N General Assembly voted on the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," (like the Vatican’s.) Despite Israel's attempts to get as many states as possible to oppose that resolution, the majority...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Have you heard of Noa Tishby? If not- now is the time to memorize that name. Tishby is a household name in Israel, and also maintains an impressive acting career in the United States. In fact, I believe she is the most appreciated by Israelis than all her Israelis- in- Hollywood...

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  • Aly Raisman says she was for Munich 11 moment of silence [SLIDESHOW]

    August 8, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Slideshow highlighting Aly Raisman‘s Olympics at bottom

    Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman expressed her support for a moment of silence at the Olympics for the Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Games.

    Raisman was speaking to reporters Tuesday following her gold medal performance...

  • Aly Raisman, after protest, wins bronze on balance beam

    August 7, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman won a bronze medal on the balance beam after the U.S. lodged a protest against the original result.

    Raisman had finished fourth behind Catalina Ponor of Romania, who fell off the beam in the finals on Tuesday.  Following the Americans’ protest,...

  • Aly Raisman, Jason Lezak shine for Team USA

    July 31, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive a medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting.

    Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team gold on Tuesday—the first...

  • Jason Lezak likely closes Olympics career with a silver medal

    July 31, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Four-time gold medalist Jason Lezak, competing in what is likely his final Olympics, helped the American swim team qualify for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay finals.

    Lezak swam in the morning preliminaries on July 29 but did not compete that evening in the finals, when the United...

  • Look between the headlines to understand the Presbyterians' vote

    July 16, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 220th General Assembly had just cast its first vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution when the spin began. Major news outlets and activists on each side could hardly wait for the debate to finish the next day before declaring winners and...

  • Divestment: What the Presbyterian vote could mean

    July 3, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    In the next few days, the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA), will convene in Pittsburgh. If delegates pass any one of several resolutions calling for punitive economic measures against Israel, the Church will have capitulated to one of the worst assaults...

  • Reality Nation Wide Drama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Israel is a very small country, yet somehow has the same amount of reality shows as there are in the USA. This reality-country size ratio makes those shows the center of the public eye. EVERYBODY watches at least two reality shows, and every Israeli knows at least one reality...

  • Total Lunar Eclipse Saturday December 10, 2011

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 9, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    There will be a total Lunar Eclipse visible on Saturday December 10, 2011 from 6:06am - 6:57am in the Northern Western United States.

    Next Total Lunar Eclipse visible in this area will be April 15, 2014. More information on this photo, Shadow and Substance. There are also amazing...

  • Protesting in the U.S.A. - A waste of time?

    By Julia Bendis

    May 9, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    I am a huge advocate for standing up for what’s right, freedom of speech and people’s right to speak their mind; when it has direct impact on their lives, like a local issue.  Most often than not, I am raising hell over various issues, opening my big mouth and trying to change things...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • The ABCs of immigrating to the USA

    By Cedric M. Shen

    February 15, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Immigration. 

    Rarely has such an innocuous word caused so much debate, stirred so much passion, and given so much hope, in recent times.  From 9/11, to the Great Recession, to SB 1070, to the DREAM Act - immigration issues permeate just about every facet of our lives.  I am a U.S....

  • I want my $5 back - a heartfelt letter to my bank!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 4, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Dear Wescom Credit Union Employees:

    I am writing this letter because I just spent 30 minutes on the phone speaking with one of your Imbeciles, please excuse the spelling of that word, the auto-corrector doesn’t have a suggestion for me.

    Anyway, I just wasted 30 minutes of my life...

  • Vests and other useless articles of clothing!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Let’s talk about Vests.  Maybe I am the only person that doesn’t get this, but what is the point of a Vest?  And more importantly, what the hell is the point of a warm winter jacket if its missing sleeves!  I don’t get it.

    If you need a warm jacket or coat to keep you warm,...

  • Happy Birthday, USA! Sweet dreams with the Shema

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 26, 2008 | 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

    We celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States of America on July 4. Between noshing on barbecue and watching fireworks, test how well you know early American history. Circle the right answer for the following questions but read carefully -- some might...

  • Names to Watch on Way Up, Down in ‘06

    By James D. Besser

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Here are a handful of people to watch in the coming 12 months -- some on the way up; some on the way down.

    Jack Abramoff: The once-high-flying Republican lobbyist, Jewish benefactor and GOP best buddy has become the most radioactive man in Washington, thanks to controversial deals...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Let Freedom Ring

    July 4, which is this Monday, means barbecues, parades, beaches and fireworks. And why do we do all this? Because the United States of America was "born" on this date in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The 13 colonies became an independent...