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American Jews Rally Mostly to Israel's Side as Gaza Conflict Rages — Minority Objects

By Hody Nemes

American Jews have flocked by the thousands to rallies backing Israel’s actions in Gaza. They win the numbers game hands down, but a small minority is raising its voice against the war.Read More


Margot Adler, Witty NPR Correspondent, Put the Witch in Jewish

By Jon Kalish

Margot Adler, the National Public Radio correspondent who died this week, struck many as the prototypical New York radical Jew. Except she was a witch, as Jon Kalish fondly recalls.Read More


J Street's Gaza War Support Wins 'Moderate' Praise — But Alienates Some Backers

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

J Street backs Israel’s attack on Gaza, a sharp change from the 2008 conflict. The dovish lobby has won praise from moderates — but is it losing credibility with grassroots supporters?Read More


As Israel's Gaza War Widens, So Does Tension With U.S.

By Ron Kampeas

The dramatic developments in the war between Hamas and Israel have been accompanied by sharp ups and downs in U.S.-Israel relations.Read More


Fighting Israel's Battles From Holland Social Media 'War Room'

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Dutch volunteers have created hundreds of posts and articles on Israel, which they disseminate through the Holland4Israel Facebook group and on Twitter, among other social media.Read More


How Much Should Non-Members Pay for A Plot in Synagogue Cemetery?

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery? One family’s dilemma raises questions about compassion —  and the economics of the modern shul.Read More


Rabbi's Sex Abuse Talk to 9-Year-Old Girls Sends Savannah Into Turmoil

By Paul Berger

A Savannah rabbi darkened the lights in a classroom of 9-year-old children and proceeded to talk to them about child sexual abuse. Now, the community is divided.Read More


Thousands of Israelis Protest Gaza War in Rare Outpouring for Peace

By Zafrir Rinat

Some 7,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday night for what became the largest protest against the Israeli military operation in Gaza to date.Read More


Jews Leave Alaska for Sunny Israel — Rockets Be Damned

By Uriel Heilman

A trickle of Jews are leaving their homes in tranquil Alaska to make aliyah. Israel may be in a more dangerous neighborhood — but the weather’s a lot better.Read More


Israel's Mixed Couples Try To Maintain Family 'Bubble' During Wartime

By Nathan Jeffay

Mixed marriages between Jews and Arabs are rare in Israel. And during wartime, few want to talk openly about their relationships — much less their views about the Gaza conflict.Read More





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