Benjamin Netanyahu Cobbles Together Israel Coalition of Rivals

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has successfully assembled a government. It has 68 seats and excludes ultra-Orthodox parties.


Controversial Panel on Israel Moved From Ansche Chesed After Rabbi Balks

A panel discussion on whether Israel is a democracy has been moved from one Manhattan synagogue to another, following an objection to the event from the first synagogue’s rabbi.


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The new pope who emerges from the secretive conclave in Rome will send Roman Catholics — and Jews — a potent message without saying a word. It’s all in the name.

Jewish Umbrella Group Backs New Gun Controls

The Jewish community’s umbrella group on policy issues has adopted a new resolution regarding mass violence acts, reaffirming the community’s support for gun control but stopping short of calling for a complete ban on the sale of assault rifles.


Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue Has Change of Heart About Demolition

Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, a historic 163-year-old synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, wanted to demolish itself. Its rabbi has had a change of heart.

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