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My Friend Jan Perry

Drawing an analogy between the neighborhood she once lived in and the neighborhood in which Israel lives, she says people can learn to live together, but it’s the actions of those who have been hostile, not words, that are important.

What Israel’s Ethiopian Jews Can Teach Us About Balance and Diversity

The Ethiopian Israeli community deeply loves Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people and are able to hold that love at the same time that they confront discrimination and fight injustice.

The Leadership Legacy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

This week marks 28 years since the death of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of blessed memory

Jewish Groups Criticize CUNY Chancellor for Not Appearing at NYC City Council Antisemitism Hearing

Jewish groups are criticizing City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez for not appearing at the June 30 New York City...

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For the past 12 months, under a highly improbable “unity” coalition, the news in Israel was very much about policy—about the fight to make things better.
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‘After Shabbat, We Will Act’: American Jews Gear Up for Wave of Post-Roe Activism

An array of Jewish groups across the country are kickstarting into action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that had enshrined the right to an abortion in the United States.

And in the Seventh Year, Every Farmer Stopped

For many American Jews, the concept of a shemittah (or Sabbatical) year may sound like a mystical event in a land far away.

Rabbi Brings Snow from Utah to Fill New Mikvah in Beverly Hills

Jews who live in North Beverly Hills soon will be able to dip in a mikvah (ritual bath) that has the “feel of a Ritz Carlton spa,” said Rabbi Pini Dunner, the spiritual leader of Young Israel of North Beverly Hills (YINBH), where the new mikvah and kelim mikvah are located.

International Jewish Women Look to the Future

On Sunday, May 22, 50 women of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) met for a gala opening of their five-day Quadrennial Conference, called "Looking to the Future," at the Shalva National Center in Jerusalem.


Postcard from Tsfat, the Antidote to Zoom

We’re much happier when we connect in person, and communities come alive when their members come together.

Ukraine: What Is in America’s Interest?

As a result of the Russian invasion and partial destruction of Ukraine, the question “What is in America’s interest?” is the question of the day.

Biden’s First Mideast Trip

In a few weeks, Joe Biden will be traveling to the Middle East for the first time as president.

Beware the Woke Straws

The paper straws are indicative of the lunacy that’s happening in California lawmaking.

Was There Anything Redeemable About Jewish Gangsters?

There was a time in America when Jewish gangsters ruled the roost, even if their practice of Judaism was more folk than frum.

My Last Cup of Coffee with A.B. Yehoshua

It was January 2020, in a small café in Givatayim, when I last met with the celebrated Israeli author A. B. Yehoshua, who passed away on June 14 at the age of 85.

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Hamas Releases Footage of Kidnapped Israeli Arab Civilian, Says His Health Is Deteriorating

Hamas released footage of an Israeli Arab civilian they kidnapped several years ago hooked up to an oxygen tank.

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The Fall of Roe v. Wade and Four Ways to Take Action

We each have a part to play in what comes next and we cannot afford for a single one of us to sit this one out on the bench.

The Roots and the Tree: Rereading My Family Past During the War in Ukraine

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Founded in 1904, as a non-sectarian agency, JFLA’s mission is to deploy interest-free loans to help people get a hand up.

Jewish Cowardice: A Reevaluation

The Jewish people wouldn’t be here without the determination of previous generations; and we wouldn’t have returned to Israel without the courage of a younger generation.

Embracing Teens Today

We cannot let biases stop our teens from living out their destinies and becoming their truest, highest selves. It is important that we be supportive.

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Listen to the full episode on any of your favorite podcast platforms! David and Shanni weigh in on some difficult topics, and why Shavuot is such...

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Author and speaker Daniel Friedman shares transformative wisdom from our Sages, as well as surprising research from his doctoral thesis on American Christian attitudes...

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I was sad to hear about Kamala Harris and the student incident. Not because I’m worried about the support for Israel, but because I’m worried about the state of America.

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Jew in the City Is Fighting for Fair Orthodox Representation in the Media

The portrayal of Orthodox Jews in the media is usually harmful and stereotypical. It’s Allison Josephs’ mission to change that.

Children’s Book “I Hate Borsch!” Is a Love Letter to One’s Culture

Whether you love it or hate it, borsch is likely part of your Jewish cultural identity.

Startup Founded by Israeli Cybersecurity Experts Could Revolutionize Medical Research

A new health technology platform is seeking to reshape how medical professionals access and harness data to improve patient outcomes.

“The Button Box” Explores a Muslim-Jewish Friendship – With Time Travel

In “The Button Box,” a new middle grade novel, a Muslim-Jewish friendship is at the center of an exciting time-travel tale. 

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