Starbucks Doesn't Mix Coffee With Politics

By Nathan Guttman

It took a few hundred online activists to make Starbucks denounce as ‘unequivocally false’ claims that the company and its Brooklyn-born Jewish founder, support Israel financially.Read More

Two Lawsuits Target Embattled Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto and Top Aide

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, one of Israel’s most powerful rabbis, and his senior aide are the target of two separate lawsuits in a New York court.Read More

United Nations Names Commission To Investigate Israel For War Crimes

By Barak Ravid/Paul Berger

The U.N. has named the three members of the international commission of inquiry to investigate possible war crimes by Israel in Gaza. George Clooney’s fiancee will not be one of them.Read More

Professor Irwin Corey, 'World's Foremost Authority,' Going Strong at 100

By Jon Kalish

Irwin Corey once said that if a man lives to be 100, he has the right to recite a limerick about farting at his birthday party — even if it’s inside a synagogue. And that’s what he did.Read More

End of the Road for Jumbo's, Miami Soul Food Joint That Battled Segregation

By Neil Reisner

When Jumbo’s closed for good, the line snaked around the block. The Miami soul food joint was known for its fried conch, collards — and Jewish owners who fought the color bar.Read More

Was Herod Ripped Off by Western Wall Builders?

By Nir Hasson

Archeologists say some of the giant stones of the Western Wall are of lesser quality than others. Could it be that builders cheating their royal client, Herod the Great?Read More

Police Probe Dan Markel Link to 'Get' Extortion Rabbis

By Hody Nemes

Police probing Dan Markel’s murder have looked into his link to rabbis accused of shaking down men who refused to grant divorces. But it is unlikely to be the motive for his slaying.Read More

Luring Young Boston Jews With 'Beer Mitzvahs' and Shabbat in Bars

By Anthony Weiss

Welcome to Riverway Cafe, a program of Temple Israel of Boston to reach out to millennial Jews. The program is an outgrowth of the Riverway Project, which brings Jewish events to unconventional settings, like Shabbat services in bars.Read More

Despite Gaza Bombings, U.N. Agency Wins Respect From Israel

By Nathan Guttman

Israel bombed shelters run by the U.N. relief agency for Palestinians. Yet the group has won the grudging respect of the Jewish state and even military brass.Read More

Dan Markel Killing Leaves Behind Puzzling Questions — and Wrenching Grief

By Nathan Guttman

Twenty days have passed since law professor Dan Markel was gunned down in his Florida driveway. Police seem no closer to finding the killer — and friends still cannot accept their loss.Read More

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