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Elite Israel Army Unit Puts on $438K Show for New York Donor's Bar Mitzvah Boy Son

By Gili Cohen and Shuki Sadeh

Members of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite counterterrorism units performed drills at a party for a wealthy New York donor whose son is celebrating his bar mitzvah.Read More


Jews Proud of Religious Freedom Act Despite Supreme Hobby Lobby Ruling

By Paul Berger

Jewish groups say they don’t regret drafting a 1993 religious liberty law — even though the Supreme Court relied upon it in its controversial Hobby Lobby ruling on contraception coverage.Read More


After 20 Years, Mourning for Chabad Rebbe Takes on Orderly Rhythm

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

20 years after Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s death, Hasidic followers still throng to visit his tomb. It’s a shrine that those who thought he was the Messiah shun.Read More


Hobby Lobby Supreme Decision Splits Jews Along Denomination Lines

By Ron Kampeas

Two decades ago the Jewish community united in support of landmark religious freedom legislation. Now the Supreme Court’s application of that law has Jewish groups divided.Read More


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





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