Entries from September 2017

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Hummus unites Jews and Muslims in Argentina

Recently, 20 amateur chefs participated in a hummus-making competition By JTA STAFF (JTA) — “Make Hummus, Not War.” That was the message behind a recent event that brought local Jews, Muslims and other Arabs together in Argentina’s bustling capital city of Buenos Aires. Recently, 20 amateur chefs participated in a hummus-making competition at the Tetuan […]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

These photos of Holocaust survivors from the SS Exodus are incredible

In July 1947, more than 4,500 Jews from the camps boarded the Exodus in France and set sail for Palestine without legal immigration certificates By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — In the summer of 1947, when the British turned away the SS Exodus from the shores of Palestine, the world was watching. Before the […]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Why some rabbis bashed Trump from the High Holiday bima – and others demurred

Whether or not to use the bima as a bully pulpit has become a particularly burning issue in the first year of the Trump presidency By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — As spiritual leader of one of the most widely known Reform synagogues in America, Rabbi Joshua Davidson tries not to be divisive on […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Joe Rozenberg: Always adaptable, never bitter

Joe Rozenberg, a survivor of the Shoah from Poland, lived an extraordinary life By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Joe Rozenberg lived through the nadir of humanity, the Nazi destruction of European Jewry in the Shoah. Specifically, the native of Lodz, Poland, whose mother and brother were killed by German soldiers, survived the Lodz Ghetto; several weeks in […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Elijah and the Palestinians

Craig Harris creates a show that looks at the past and present of Israel through the story of Elijah by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Composer, designer, performer and writer Craig Harris is telling a story of Israel. Properly, he’s telling a pair of stories, one about the prophet Elijah, one about the modern state […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Eli Valley draws the line on hypocrisy

Eli Valley’s biting political cartoons have appeared in The Nation, The Forward and various online venues. Now a full-blown anthology has been published. Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel (OR Books) is a large-format paperback, with a foreword by Peter Beinart. Jewish communal leaders, evangelical Christians touring Israel (“Come to the Holy […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Peres: Optimism, not naiveté

No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel, by Shimon Peres, Custom House Books, 227 pages, $27.99 hardcover Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER With the title of his autobiography, Shimon Peres dismisses those who’ve derided him for decades as a dreamer. Peres arrived from Poland in 1934, an 11-year-old dreaming of […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Poll: American Jews mainly reject Trump

77 percent of Trump poll respondents said they viewed the president’s job performance unfavorably and 21 percent said they viewed him favorably By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — American Jews overwhelmingly disapprove of President Donald Trump in just about every area, scoring him lower than his predecessor even on topics like Israel, where Jewish approval […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Neo-Nazis plan march by Swedish shul on Yom Kippur

Swedish Jews face anti-Semitism both from the nationalist far right as well as the far left By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were bracing for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the city’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur. Community leaders said they will appeal a police decision last week […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Eleven inspiring Jews who died in 5777

As 5777 draws to a close, here are some members of the tribe we’ve mourned since last Rosh Hashana By GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. The number of Jews […]