Pope Francis Makes Surprise Stop To Bless Sculpture Symbolizing Catholic Unity With Jews

On the final day of his triumphant tour of the U.S., Pope Francis made a surprise stop in Philadelphia to bless a statue created to counter centuries of anti-Semitic imagery in the Catholic church.


Boehner’s Successor Will Be Pro-Israel. Here's Why Netanyahu Should Worry Anyway.

Is John Boehner’s surprising resignation good or bad for the Jews? Chemi Shalev explains how a bloody battle for succession could harm the Republican party — and Benjamin Netanyahu, too.


Travel Agents Turn to Iran — and Find Plenty of Jewish Interest

Ask the State Department whether Americans should travel to Iran and you’ll get a negative answer. Yet tour operators have already started to capitalize on what could be a prime vacation site — and many of their clients are Jewish.


Newcomers Transform Dying Upper Manhattan Synagogues Into Hot Spots

It looked like Beth Hamedrash Hagadol of Washington Heights wouldn’t make it to its 100th birthday. But an infusion of new blood has transformed the venerable shul — and others in Manhattan’s northermost tip.


Searching for a Photo of Childhood Friend Lost in the Shoah

A Holocaust survivor spent decades looking for the friend she met and lost at Terezin concentration camp. Could a long-forgotten photo offer closure — 71 years later?

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