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Young Hungary Jews Push for Slice of Communal Pie

By Cnaan Lipshiz

Peering through dusty apartment widows isn’t an uncommon pastime in this capital city’s crime-infested 8th District, with its many drug addicts and alcoholics seeking for a fix.Read More


For Bar Mitzvah Boy and Survivor, Love of Chess Bridges 76-Year Age Gap

By Hody Nemes

Holocaust survivor Herman Bomze had almost never been beaten at chess — until an intergenerational program matched him with whiz kid Zachary Targoff.Read More


As Israel Mourns Slain Teens, Everyone Wants Someone To Blame

By Nathan Jeffay

With the bodies of Israel’s missing boys found, everyone wants someone to blame. But while Netanyahu blamed Hamas, others found fault elsewhere.Read More


The Do-ers

By Anne Cohen

We’re often told what young Jews don’t do. But these 16 impressive Millennials care enough to change the status quo — and aren’t afraid to put their ideals into action.Read More


Kiev Is Full of Hope — Yes, Even for Jews

By David E. Fishman

With so much doom-and-gloom about Ukraine, David Fishman was surprised to find that life in Kiev is vibrant these days — yes, even for Jews.Read More


Rabbis Return to Florida Civil Rights Battleground as Heroes

By Dina Weinstein

When Rabbi Richard Levy came to St. Augustine, Fla., 50 years ago, he endured taunts from segregationists armed with broken bottles and bricks. He returned as a hero.Read More


Jewish Wedding Symbolizes Revival in Poland City of Wroclaw

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

When Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg tied the knot at the historic White Stork synagogue in this southwestern Polish city, they were determined that the occasion would be more than just a wedding.Read More


'Yiddishland' Brings Diverse Group Together for Language and Culture

By Andrew Brownstein

‘Trip to Yiddishland’ brings together a diverse group for an annual retreat. It’s an immersive experience of language and culture, attracting native speakers and raw beginners.Read More


New York's Gay Pride Weekend Bigger — and Jewier — Than Ever

By Brian Schaefer

New York’s pride weekend is the LGBT community’s signature event. The Jewish component gets bigger every year — with pioneering groups and shuls leading the way.Read More


Leo Melamed Retraces Path of Escape From Nazis to Japanese Port

By Nathan Guttman

Leo Melamed still remembers the palpable relief he felt when he walked ashore after escaping the Nazis as a child. He’s making an emotional return to the place where he landed: Japan.Read More





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  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
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