Archaeologists in Israel have recovered bronze statues and thousands of coins from a merchant ship that sank off the Mediterranean coast some 1,600 years ago during the late Roman period.
(JTA) — The “suspicious” fire that killed a longtime civil rights lawyer from a prominent Jewish family in Dallas reportedly may have been revenge by a client or former client. Ira Edwin Tobolowsky, 68, was found dead in his garage on Friday morning in a blaze that fire officials are calling “suspicious in nature,” according to The Dallas…6
A century after Britain and France secretly mapped out a Middle East they would control upon defeating the Ottomans in World War One, its borders have been blurred by sectarian bloodshed - and some in the region see opportunity in the chaos.15
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An earthquake rattled the Sinai Peninsula and Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat. The temblor struck very early Monday morning and measured about 5.0 on the Richter Scale. There were no reports of damage. The earthquake’s epicenter was in the Red Sea, about 100 miles from Eilat. It comes a month after a small…
It was with excitement but some trepidation last night that I began to read the online version of a [New York Times story] about The Forward.
BOSTON (JTA) — The Ottoman government’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century was “unequivocally genocide,” the head of the Anti-Defamation League said in the group’s strongest position on the subject. Jonathan Greenblatt, the civil rights group’s CEO, also said in a blog post Friday that the ADL will support U.S. recognition of…
The leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements in North America are organizing a special trip to Israel later this month to notify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in person of their strong opposition to any changes in the plan to build a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.8
(JTA) — Former London Mayor Boris Johnson has come under fire for comparing the goals of the European Union to Hitler. Johnson, who is in favor of Britain leaving the EU, told the Sunday Telegraph that the EU, like Hitler, aims to unify Europe under one “authority.” “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and…4
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The elevation of a centrist vice president, Michel Temer, as Brazil’s president amid the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff is expected to result in a less strained relationship between Brazil and Israel, as well as its Jewish community, Jewish leaders said. Temer, 75, the son of Lebanese immigrants, took the…8
The congregation’s president Moises Abadi boasted that some of its members have played a pivotal role in the country’s history.
Former President Bill Clinton defended his record on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, and his wife’s, at a campaign event.8
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