"The money and glamor of Hollywood hides the real truth of its power," Rob Eshman, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal and its parent company, TRIBE Media Corp., said this week. “Its power is in the ability of stories to shape our lives and our values.” “And that,” Eshman said, “is what Hollywood Journal explores.”
The websites of several congregations hosted by the Union for Reform Judaism were hacked and linked to anti-Semitic websites.
I had a lot of difficulty with this interview. It’s actually the hardest one I’ve ever done, simply because Rob was so difficult to figure out. He’s a grown man drinking soda from a Marvel Avengers reusable cup. He looks lost. A little on the fringes.
Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.
Ronald Lauder is expected to acquire complete control of an Israeli news Web site and has plans to establish a new English-language Web site about Israel.
Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in volume last year, according to a Spanish Jewish community monitor.
Make hummus, not war. That is the optimistic hope of filmmaker Avital Levy, whose work in progress, “Hummus Wars,” chronicles the ongoing rivalry between Israel and Lebanon for bragging rights over the popular Middle Eastern dip.
Israeli businessmen have launched a Web site to help counter calls to boycott products made in Israel.
The owner and three senior employees of a haredi Orthodox website based in Israel were arrested on suspicion of extortion.
An Orthodox Jewish girls' high school in Brooklyn has ordered its 11th-grade students to close their Facebook accounts and pay a fine.
A Jewish group is seeking hate crimes charges against a Toronto-based Muslim website that featured a video address by former U.S. Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Duke's video was scrubbed April 13 from Casmo.ca, the site for the Canadian Shia Muslim Organization, but the Canadian Jewish Congress is pursuing charges under Canada's hate crimes laws.
I was watching the J Street convention on its Web site, and it reminded me a little of those underground meetings among religious settlers in the West Bank. That is, a constant flow of red meat served to the fervent and the like-minded. In the case of J Street, this red meat can be boiled down to this: It is really, really, really, really important that Israel reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
The Muslim Brotherhood's English website rejected claims that the Egyptian protests are aimed at creating an Islamic state.
The website of the Jewish People Policy Institute was hacked Thursday by a group that the institute claims is affiliated with Hamas. The JPPI, a Jerusalem-based think tank that focuses on the Jewish future and Israel's security, issued a statement saying hackers took over its website, then posted a picture of an Israeli tank and a Palestinian child on the English section, and removed a recently uploaded assessment and analysis documents.
Yad Vashem has launched a YouTube channel in Farsi and an expanded version of its Farsi website. The Farsi YouTube channel launched Sunday contains survivor testimonies, archival footage and mini-lectures by Holocaust historians on topics such as contemporary anti-Semitism, and what makes the Holocaust a unique historical event. The comprehensive new website includes a chronological and thematic narrative about the Holocaust with related video, photos, documents and artifacts; frequently asked questions about the Holocaust; a lexicon of terms; online exhibitions including a multimedia presentation of the Auschwitz Album in Farsi; and stories of Righteous Among the Nations.
A website in Canada that advocated the mass killing of Jews is back online after being shut down. "Filthy Jewish Terrorists," operated by former Toronto college student Salman An-Noor Hossain, reportedly is using a host in Switzerland. Its Canadian web provider had shut down the site in March. Hossain was suspended from York University; it is believed that he has left Canada.
A new Jewish online dating site allows parents to search for their children's bashert. The site, which was launched Tuesday, allows parents to browse for potential matches for their sons and daughters, including contacting other parents for more information and setting up casual dates.
“The Internet will save you!” seems to be the refrain these days when it comes to the American Jewish media. But while many Jewish newspapers have grabbed for this lifeline, the process has been hectic and uncoordinated. We may be trying to save ourselves, but right now we’re floating around in private digital lifeboats, bailing water for dear life.
Planning a bar mitzvah in Israel? The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has just posted a Web site to help you get started
Politically active Iranian Muslims in Southern California who have used the Internet to reach out to Iranians, particularly the student-run opposition groups, see opportunities in the Hamdami website.
Haji Hayim sings and dances to a traditional song typically sung at b'nai mitzvah ceremonies, but he does so to a techno beat. The cartoon character started grabbing the attention of the Iranian Jewish community in January 2006, when his video was distributed in e-mails as part of the official launch of Persianrabbi.com, the brainchild of 23-year-old product developer and community leader Eman Chayim Esmailzadeh.
Just four years ago, Nextbook got its start as an organization committed to promoting public library programs dedicated to Jewish topics. In short order, the ever-evolving nonprofit has conquered a swath of territory in the contested realm of Jewish arts and ideas, steadily expanding while maintaining its focus on Jewish cultural and intellectual life.
Times are changing, and the Times, with circulation and advertising dropping, can no longer afford to be so high and mighty. At long last, the paper is going to juice up its Web site, and community input like your synagogue discussion meeting and your opinions and activities may be a big part of it.
I love my friendship with Patrick. Perhaps one day my heart will catch up with my head.
There is no unabridged database of rabbinic sexual abusers. But there is the Awareness Center. It's not a physical place, but a Baltimore post office box, cellphone number and Web site.
Don't have time to shlep to a museum? Too tired to remember if the free museum day is the first or second Tuesday of the month? Want to conquer a large, overwhelming exhibit in small, 15-minute intervals? Then bring the museum to your desktop and browse at your own pace.
Get them while they're young. The Israeli embassy has just launched a new Web site, and the hasbarah -- an Israeli word which means public relations as well as propaganda -- is aimed at children.
I knew better. I had about as much business being there as an elderly tourist has of being on Skid Row after midnight with a map in his hand and a blank cashier's check taped to his forehead. I was in grave danger of a psychological mugging, and I knew it.
I kept telling myself to walk away, hail an emotional cab and get out fast, but I couldn't. The pull was too strong. I had to know.
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Recently, though, La Voz has published scathing anti-Semitic remarks that have as its targets the L.A. Jewish community.
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