With Elections Looming, Tunisia Is an Arab Spring Success Story — For Now

By Walter Ruby

With Tunisians gearing up for their first presidential election, Jews and Muslims met to hash out their complicated relationship on the ancient island of Djerba.Read More

‘Homely’ Ancient Rock Boost King David’s Claim to Existence

By Menachem Wecker

What’s significant about this stone on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an inscription, which is the earliest extra-biblical reference to King David.Read More

How Russian Jews Fell in Love With Reform Movement in Israel

By Judy Maltz

When worshippers arrive for Friday-night services at Israel’s newest Reform congregation, they don’t greet one another in Hebrew. Not in English either, as they would in some of the more established Reform congregations founded by Anglophone immigrants around the country.Read More

For Older Cuban Jews, Opening To Havana Is Bad Idea

By Uriel Heilman

For many Cuban Jews – the majority of whom now live in the United States – it has been a bittersweet week.Read More

End of Cuba Freeze Revives Memories of Jewish Havana — and Hopes for Future

By Paul Berger

Many emigre Jews from Cuba are happy that America’s 50-year standoff with Havana is ending. They relate in their own words the pain of exile — and their hope to return.Read More

Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz Backs Off Controversial Plan for Intermarriages

By Uriel Heilman

Within days of floating a proposal that woud have allowed Conservative rabbis to perform interfaith marriages, Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., backed away from the controversial plan.Read More

Richard Joel Points Fingers Over Mushrooming Yeshiva Fiscal Crisis

By Paul Berger

Richard Joel blames Yeshiva’s financial woes on fired staffers and archaic management practices. Critics say that after 11 years at the helm, the problems are of his own making.Read More

Alan Gross Release — and Diplomatic Thaw — May Mean World to Cuba Jews

By Ron Kampeas

Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.Read More

Alan Gross Praises Release From Cuban Jail as Hanukkah 'Blessing'


Alan Gross speaks out on his hopes for the future after being freed from a Cuban prison. His release came amid a overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba.Read More

Jews Protest Racism and Police Brutality on First Night of Hanukkah

By Hannah Rubin

On the first night of Hanukkah, Jews took to the streets in 15 cities across the country to call for racial justice and protest police brutality.Read More

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