A Witness to Death in Jerusalem

Journalism professor Ari L. Goldman was en route to Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate when a bomb went off at a Jerusalem bus stop nearby. He recounts what it was like to witness the attack.


Once a Critic, New Leader of Reform Judaism Promises Change

The rabbi chosen to head the largest Jewish religious organization in North America has not always toed the party line. As the spiritual leader of a large, wealthy suburban congregation, Richard Jacobs is every part the modern Reform rabbi. A tall and well-spoken former dancer, he wears a green Save Darfur bracelet and a small blue yarmulke, and is active in social justice causes.


Is J Street a Threat? Not to Most Israelis

In the three years since its founding, the dovish lobby J Street has become a household name across Jewish America. But ask Israelis about it, and they are more likely to think you are asking for directions to some thoroughfare they haven’t heard of.


JCCs Are a New Front in the Culture War on Israel

Jewish Community Centers, known for their fitness facilities and child care services, are increasingly becoming the target of protesters taking issue with the artistic programs they offer. In Washington, a new grassroots organization is calling on the local federation to adopt guidelines that will withhold funding from the JCC if the center’s theater puts on plays that “denigrate Israel and undermine its legitimacy.”


The Man Behind ‘Miral’ Defends His Work, and No One Stopped Him

As a young boy, Julian Schnabel accompanied his parents to a grand Broadway theater to see a screening of “Exodus” — the 1960 melodrama that depicts the founding of the state of Israel. During a scene in which Jewish refugees launch into a celebratory rendition of “Hatikvah,” Schnabel recalls how moviegoers, his family included, leapt to their feet, put their hands over their hearts and sang along.

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