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Jewish Not-for-Profits Use Gaza War To Drum Up Donations

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Israeli soldiers need socks. And snacks. And pizza. So claim dozens of campaigns launched by Jewish not-for-profits who are using the Gaza war to drum up donations.Read More


American Authorities Extend Flight Ban to Israel for Another Day

By Yardain Amron

The widening conflict in Israel forced most airlines to scrap flights Tuesday to Tel Aviv — dealing a major blow to Israel’s tourism industry.Read More


Why Did UCLA Hillel Funnel Cash From Pro-Israel Donor to Student Candidate?

By Yardain Amron

A wealthy pro-Israel donor used a Hillel chapter to funnel cash to a candidate for California student government. Why did the campus group allow itself to be used like that?Read More


Is New York Developer's 'Poor Door' Plan Un-Jewish?

By Hody Nemes

A New York City luxury condo developer plans to create a so-called “poor door” entrance for affordable housing residents. Is the arrangement fundamentally at odds with Jewish ethics?Read More


Alan Dershowitz Has No Plans To Keep Quiet in Retirement

By Anthony Weiss

Despite leaving Harvard after a 50-year teaching career, Alan Dershowitz says he isn’t slowing down.Read More


How Orthodox Agudah and Wal-Mart Money United To Back School Vouchers

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Guess who is the largest donor to Agudath Israel? The Christian owners of Wal-Mart, who see the Orthodox umbrella group a key ally in their fight for education reforms.Read More


Max Steinberg's Jewish Journey From Los Angeles Suburb to Death in Gaza

By Noah Smith

The death of a 24-year-old Birthright graduate from Los Angeles has brought home the war in Gaza to the affluent community where he was raised.Read More


Americans College Students Try To Stay Chill in Israel War Zone

By Yardain Amron

American exchange students are trying to have fun as usual despite the Mideast crisis erupting around them. It helps that their Israeli pals have seen it all before.Read More


Hamas Claims It Captured Israeli Soldier in Gaza

By Sigal Samuel

Hamas claims to have captured an Israeli soldier during fierce fighting in Gaza. The report set off jubilant celebrations in Palestinian towns — but is it true?Read More


French Jews Fight Back Against Anti-Israel Mobs at Synagogues

By Cnaan Lipshiz

French Jews were stunned when an anti-Israel mob besieged a synagogue outside Paris. What happened next may turn out to be a historic turning point.Read More





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