Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Meet Lester Wolff

Oldest living former member of Congress — who was targeted for death five times — tells all By BEN SALES MUTTONTOWN, N.Y. (JTA) – Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his colleagues share: He was targeted for […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Are Israel and Iran headed for war?

Iran sent a drone from Syria into Israeli airspace and Israel shot it down and retaliated, then Syria shot down an Israeli F-16 By BEN SALES (JTA) — Israel and Iran have been clashing for years. But on Saturday, their war of words briefly became an actual fight. In short succession, Iran sent a drone […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Israeli politicians say ‘there’s nothing to it,’ then end up in jail

There are a dozen or so Cabinet-level Israeli politicians who brushed off criminal charges, only to find themselves in a different kind of hole By RON KAMPEAS (JTA) — Police are recommending charges of bribery and breach of trust against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s saying the case police have made is “full of […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Minyanim: Reviving Judaism in Hungary

Tomi Büchler co-founded and helps lead Minyanim, an initiative to develop the next generation of European Jewish leaders By MORDECAI SPECKTOR The Jewish community of Hungary is not like that of Minnesota. Hungarian Jewry was decimated in the Shoah; and those Jews who survived the Nazi cataclysm and returned to their homeland suffered repression during […]

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

What it’s like to be Jewish in South Korea

There are about 1,000 Jews living in South Korea By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won’t have to skimp on kosher food or Shabbat programming. The country’s Chabad emissary is setting up a pop-up […]

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Some shuls are banning Shlomo Carlebach

He was perhaps the most prominent 20th-century composer of American Jewish music, but his reputation has been tarnished by accusation of sexual misconduct By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — When Rabbi Angela Buchdahl announced how her synagogue would respond to the #MeToo moment, she singled out a man. But he wasn’t one of her […]

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Poland wants to ban the term ‘Polish death camps’

There are historical inaccuracies on both sides of the debate regarding identifying death camps By CNAAN LIPSHIZ (JTA) — The Polish parliament’s bill to criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps” prompted an avalanche of criticism in Israel by officials and individuals who warned that it is excessive and risks stifling research on […]

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Blaze Bernstein’s classmate charged with murder

Murder is being investigated as a possible anti-gay hate crime (JTA) — A former high school classmate of Blaze Bernstein, 19, the Jewish college student found dead in a park near his parents’ Southern California home, was charged with murder. Samuel Woodward, 20, was charged with murder in a complaint filed Wednesday morning in Orange […]

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

When Jews came from ‘shithole’ countries

While congressmen in the 1920s may not have used Trump’s language, they were also opposed to letting in people from so-called ‘shithole’ countries By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Jews were “undesirable.” They were “of low physical and mental standards.” They were “filthy.” They were “often dangerous in their habits.” They were “un-American.” So […]

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Will Abbas’ rant kill the peace process?

‘Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,’ Mahmoud Abbas said By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel. The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” — but naturally he blames the Palestinians. Notably, the United States is silent. The P.A. president, […]