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From Crown Heights to Mississippi

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

To the untrained eye, ex-Hasids and Southern Jews don’t have much in common. But Malkie Schwartz knows much more unites them than divides them.Read More


Brazen Anti-Semitism Sends French Jews Racing To Leave in Record Numbers

By Liam Hoare

French Jews are facing rising hatred on the streets, in civil society and even at shuls. Soaring numbers are voting with their feet — and heading to Israel.Read More


Jews Are Most-Loved Religious Group in America

By Hody Nemes

Jews scored the highest on a new Pew study of how Americans feel about religious groups. Evangelical Christians show a particular affinity to the Tribe — although the feeling ain’t mutual.Read More


Settlers Want Israel Tied to Past — But What About Future?

By Jane Eisner

In Hebron and elsewhere, Jane Eisner met settlers who want an Israel inextricably tied to its past —  consequences be damned. Political leaders Naftali Bennett and Dani Dayan explain why.Read More


What Kind of Israel Do Settlers Want?

By Jane Eisner

When Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner met West Bank settlers, she was disturbed by how normalized their presence has become. What kind of future do they envision for Israel?Read More


Inside Home of Mourning for Slain Palestinian Teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir

By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac

A shrine to revenge victim Mohammed Abu Khdeir lies on his bed: a photo, his favorite checkered shirt, and a schoolbag. It only reminds them of the brutality of his murder.Read More


Jewish? No, We’re Subbotniks. Welcome to Our Synagogue.

By Maxim Edwards

Subbotniks are a Russian group that practices Jewish rituals, yet are considered distinct from the community. Their numbers are dwindling but some seek to preserve their ancient culture.Read More


Ron Dermer Makes Effective Voice of Israel in Time of Crisis

By Nathan Guttman

Ron Dermer is Israel’s man in Washington. The American-bred ambassador has so far succeeded in selling the Gaza operation — but how long can his PR magic last?Read More


Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms With Little Angst About Extension

By Nathan Guttman

As the deadline nears for a nuclear deal with Iran, all sides seem resigned to an extension. Even Israel is no longer beating war drums over the supposed existential threat posed by Tehran.Read More


How Jewish Summer Camps Are Coping With Murders of Israeli Teenagers

By Hillel Kuttler

The murders of three Israeli teenagers took place just as Jewish summer camps were opening for the season. How much should children be told about the tumult in the Middle East?Read More





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