Ukraine’s Election Results Are Good for the Jews — But What Comes Next?

By Paul Berger

Ukraine voters backed its pro-Western leaders and delivered a stinging rebuke to anti-Semitic nationalists. Paul Berger asks if a new era is dawning in Kiev.Read More

Jews Spent Centuries in Antakya, Turkey. Now, There's Only 17 Left.

By Michael Kaplan

In a Turkish city once known for tolerance, a Jewish community grapples with the influx of Syrian refugees and its own decline. Is it nearing the end of a 2,300-year existence?Read More

Religious Activists Challenge the Way Israel Does Kosher

By Naomi Zeveloff

Fed up with the rabbinate’s monopoly over kosher status for restaurants, a group of Jerusalem religious activists has started its own certification project.Read More

Women of Wall Slip Torah Scroll Into Western Wall Bat Mitzvah

By Alona Ferber

Defying regulations by Western Wall rabbinic authorities, members of Women of the Wall smuggled a tiny Torah scroll into the women’s section of the Kotel.Read More

How a Stunned Synagogue Faces Up to Sins of Rabbi Barry Freundel

By Nathan Guttman

How should a Modern Orthodox congregation react when its rabbi is accused of abusing converts? In the case of Barry Freundel, Kesher Israel didn’t hesitate.Read More

Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies of Overdose, But His Legacy Lives On

By Hody Nemes

A former Satmar Hasid and self-described survivor of child sex abuse died last week of a drug overdose. But his work to expose abuse in the Orthodox world lives on.Read More

Dueling Narratives Emerge On Palestinian Internment Camps

By Nathan Guttman

New documents reveal a little-known chapter of Israeli history: Palestinian internment. Israelis say they were legal POWs. Palestinians claim something far worse.Read More

Rabbis Barry Freundel and Leib Tropper Ensnared in Scandals Tied to Conversions

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Disgraced Rabbi Barry Freundel is accused of grave violations of rules regarding conversions. Why didn’t rabbinical authorities impose better oversight after a previous scandal?Read More

Stav Shaffir, Ex-Protest Leader, Keeps Eye on the Shekels

By Ben Sales

Stav Shaffir has made fiscal transparency her crusade in the Knesset. The former protest leader has earned a level-headed reputation for shaking up the way the government does business.Read More

Yeshiva U. Reports First Sexual Assault On Campus in 12 Years — But Says Little Else

By Paul Berger

For the first time in 12 years, Yeshiva University has reported a sexual assault on campus. The school won’t offer details — or explain why its public tally of assaults is so low.Read More

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