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  • Dodgers’ Jewish phenom Joc Pederson gets first Major League hit [VIDEO]

    3 weeks ago

    It wasn't pretty – but the beginning of the Joc Pederson era began with a flare last night. With two outs, nobody on and a 2-2 count the young center-fielder hit a blooper over Washington Nationals' second baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera for his first major league hit. Watch the video below:

  • In Washington, Netanyahu brings sunny peace vision, dark Iran warning

    March 4, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

    The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, in insisting that any nuclear deal must...

  • Lapid urges Netanyahu to take a more cautious tone with U.S.

    December 3, 2013 | 9:26 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should take the heat out of his dispute with U.S. President Barack Obama, his top coalition partner said on Tuesday, warning that the spat over Iran was not helping Israel.

    Relations between Israel and Washington, traditionally the...

  • Keene, Kaliningrad and Riga: Confronting the memory of Kristallnacht

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    I travel for my work; I travel often -- my wife and children might say too often. Just before Chanukah, I was in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and then back home. A hectic schedule is of little interest, but what I experienced might be.

    ...
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  • Eight chefs’ new Chanukah delights, one for each night

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide: Chanukah is celebrated for eight days by candle-lighting, gift exchanges and eating foods fried in oil, an ancient custom, commemorating a miraculous event at the Temple in Jerusalem, while the Thanksgiving meal reminds us of our...

  • Israel’s Peres warns against feud with U.S. over Iran

    November 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Friday to show respect for the United States, seeking to soothe relations with the country's most powerful ally that have been strained over Iran.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned a proposal, endorsed by Washington, to...

  • LivingSocial apologizes for party decorations following anti-Semitism complaint

    October 30, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The LivingSocial website apologized for a Halloween party it sponsored in Washington following a complaint that some of the decorations were anti-Semitic.

    LivingSocial, which offers discount deals at area businesses throughout the country, decorated its “greed” room with dreidels...

  • At J Street, giving Iran the benefit of the doubt

    September 30, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Amid the dramatic shift in tone in the U.S.-Iran relationship following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to the United Nations, Israeli officials are broadcasting a clear message: Be skeptical.

    But at the J Street conference in Washington this week, which drew...

  • At least 13 dead in shooting at Navy Yard in Washington D.C.

    September 16, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    At least 13 people were killed in a shooting on Monday at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, where one suspected gunman was among the dead and authorities were searching for two other possible assailants wearing military-style clothing, officials said.

    The exact number of dead and...

  • U.S. counterintelligence targets Israel with Iran and China, secret budget reveals

    September 4, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013 for the 16 U.S. spy agencies was obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper reported on Aug. 29.

    The budget summary, formally known as the Congressional Budget Justification...

  • As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome

    August 6, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the...

  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus.

    On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into...

  • Israel, Palestinians deeply divided despite renewed peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.

    Israel's lead negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said the parties "need to build...

  • Middle East peace talks resume [TIMELINE]

    July 29, 2013 | 2:49 pm

    Middle East peace talks, due to resume in Washington this week, have a long and mostly disappointing history. But while more than two decades of summits and negotiations have failed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some talks have come close and have left a template for...

  • Obama welcomes Middle East talks, says hard choices remain

    July 29, 2013 | 9:33 am

    President Barack Obama welcomed Israeli-Palestinian talks starting in Washington later on Monday but cautioned that a tough path lies ahead.

    "This is a promising step forward, though hard work and hard choices remain ahead," Obama said in a statement.

    "I am hopeful that both...

  • Plenty of unknowns as Kerry lures both sides back to peace negotiations

    July 22, 2013 | 9:31 am

    We don’t know.

    That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced July 19 and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington.

    We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian...

  • U.S. still plans to send F-16s to Egypt in coming weeks

    July 10, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    The United States still plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday, even after the Egyptian military's ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

    The disclosure came as Washington treads a...

  • Russia’s Putin warns against aggravating Syria crisis

    May 14, 2013 | 8:06 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was important to avoid actions that might aggravate Syria's civil war, a veiled warning against foreign military intervention or arming anti-government forces.

    Russia and the United States are trying to bring the warring sides...

  • Can’t we all just not get along?

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Maybe the problem with Washington isn’t that there’s too little comity  – there’s too much.

    Old hands lament the passing of the era when, by day, partisans went after one another red in tooth and claw, but when the sun hit the treetops the enmity took a breather.  Thanks to the...

  • JFN: Funding social change

    March 19, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Kafi D. Blumenfield delivered these remarks to the Jewish Funders Network International conference on March 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

    As the CEO of a public foundation, a woman married to a Jewish man, raising our kids in the reform tradition and member of a social...

  • AIPAC makes its voice heard in Washington

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    It was a surprisingly sunny day Tuesday, ahead of an expected snowstorm, when the 12,000 or so AIPAC delegates concluded the three-day annual “policy conference” in Washington this week, ready to move on to Capitol Hill to lobby their representatives. They had been fully primed for...

  • Obama to governors: Tell Congress to stop spending cuts

    February 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    President Barack Obama urged state governors on Feb. 25 to pressure Congress to prevent $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts from going into effect on March 1, saying he is willing to reach a compromise with Republicans.

    But the president gave no indication...

  • Ehud Barak coming to Washington for consultations

    February 11, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with top defense officials.

    Barak, who announced in November that he was retiring from politics and did not run in the January elections, "will meet with senior administration officials and the heads of the...

  • Israel reportedly notified U.S. about attack on Syria

    January 31, 2013 | 9:42 am

    Israel gave Washington advanced notice about its attack Wednesday on a Syrian target, U.S. officials told The New York Times.

    The newspaper on Thursday cited unnamed U.S. officials as saying they believed the target of the airstrike was a convoy carrying sophisticated...

  • The next four years- more of the same. Thoughts after Israel’s elections

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 23, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Yesterday, while I was casting my vote, it suddenly hit me: no matter which new parties will rise and fall, when it comes to the global system, nothing in the next four years will change.


    It wasn't easy for me to decide to whom to give my vote. It is only my second time voting...

  • Susan Rice wins Jewish plaudits

    December 5, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    The very quality that helped get Susan Rice in hot water with some in Washington is what pro-Israel groups have come to appreciate — she is a vigorous and reliable defender of the Obama administration’s foreign policies.

    Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who is...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

    November 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    The United States succeeded on Monday in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based watchdog that has been criticized by Washington and Israel for singling out the Jewish state for criticism.

    The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly also...

  • Recipe for marijuana cholent

    November 12, 2012 | 9:32 am

    Now that the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized the recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana for its residents 21 years or older, there are all sorts of way to get creative in incorporating the new legal substance with Jewish edibles. Here's a recipe for...

  • BBC correspondent slammed for ‘Jewish lobby’ tweet

    November 8, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The umbrella organization of British Jewry criticized the BBC's correspondent in Washington for referring to the "Jewish lobby" in a tweet about the U.S. election.

    Katty Kay used the term in a question-and-answer session on Twitter, raising the ire of the Board of Deputies of...

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