Walking in a Soggy (Holy City) Wonderland

By Naomi Zeveloff

A rare winter storm eased away from Israel, leaving behind soggy streets but little serious damage. While some cower indoors, intrepid types seek to make a few shekels from the white stuff.Read More

Reform Action Center's Jonah Pesner Faces Tough Task in Polarized Capital

By Ron Kampeas

The Religious Action Center has not had an easy time of it in an increasingly polarized Washington. But Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the center’s incoming leader, may have an even tougher row to hoe.Read More

Herpes Illnesses From Circumcision Rite Rise But Mayor Bill De Blasio Stays Silent

By Paul Berger

Mayor Bill de Blasio once vowed to better protect N.Y. infants against herpes from a controversial circumcision rite. 18 months later, more babies are getting sick than ever.Read More

Will 'White Supremacist' Speech Hurt GOP With Jews?

By Ron Kampeas

A recent revelation that a top Republican addressed a white supremacist group is reviving an age-old Washington debate: How important are false steps from the past in evaluating a party today?Read More

Stanley Cohen's Radical Detour on the Way to Prison

By Larry Cohler-Esses

Radical lawyer Stanley Cohen is heading to prison for tax evasion. So how did he wind up leading a mission to free an American held captive by ISIS?Read More

Why Were 'Selma' Jews Who Fought for Civil Rights Ostracized?

By Mark I. Pinsky

‘Selma’ depicts the time-honored heroism of the civil rights struggle. Why has the story of those Alabama Jews who were shunned for standing up for justice never been told?Read More

How Mario Cuomo Won Over Both Orthodox and Secular Jews

By Ron Kampeas

Mario Cuomo managed to appeal to both Orthodox and secular Jews. He was a natural liberal but learned as a teenage ‘shabbos goy’ about the vulnerability of being observant.Read More

Israeli Television Hitmakers Take Hollywood by Storm — Eye Global Market

By Noah Smith

Which Israeli industry is bucking boycotts to go global in a big way? Television hitmakers are making waves in Hollywood and even gaining a quiet foothold in the Muslim world.Read More

Ben Ammi Ben Israel's Spiritual Journey From Segregated Chicago to Negev Desert

By Sam Kestenbaum

Ben Ammi ben Israel, who died in Israel last week, was very much a product of his upbringing in segregated Chicago. But he broke with his teachers to found a community in Dimona.Read More

Portland Jewish Pre-School Pushes Boundaries of Outdoor Education

By Anthony Weiss

Even on a cold, gray and rainy morning, the children from the Gan Shalom Collaborative School are outside, seated under a wood-framed shelter topped by corrugated plastic.Read More

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