Genetics Expert Insists 75% of Jews Share Roots in Middle East

By Judy Maltz

Where did the Jews originate? For DNA expert Bennett Greenspan, the vast majority share Middle East origins — and other theories only aim to ‘discredit the Jews.’Read More

Republican Landslide Forces Jewish Activists To Downsize Goals

By Nathan Guttman

Jewish communal activists sounded a collective oy vey over the Republican landslide. Then they began looking for ways to work with the ascendant GOP.Read More

France's New Chief Rabbi Embraces Reforms

By Cnaan Liphshiz

The first thing Haim Korsia did after becoming chief rabbi of France was give his new office a thorough cleaning.Read More

$20 Million Hasidic Mortgage Fraud Suspect Bribed Witness in Nechemya Weberman Case

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

One of the men arrested in a $20 million Satmar family mortgage fraud conspiracy is the same man who was convicted of trying to intimidate a witness against notorious Hasidic sex abuser Nechemya Weberman.Read More

$20M Hasidic Fraud Suspects Claimed To Be Millionaires and Paupers — at Same Time

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

They told the banks they were millionaires, and the welfare agencies that they were broke.Read More

Anti-Defamation League Signals New Path as Jonathan Greenblatt Takes Helm

By Nathan Guttman and Noah Smith

The century-old Anti-Defamation League has chosen a new leader and a striking new course. Do the dramatic moves reflect the transformation of American Jewry itself?Read More

Doc Paskowitz, Jewish Surfer Dude for Ages, Dies at 93

By Benjamin Ivry

Doc Paskowitz somehow melded all-American surfing culture with Yiddishkeit. Benjamin Ivry looks back at the man who signed off every chat with ‘Shalom Aloha.’Read More

Sheldon Adelson's Dismissal of Israeli Democracy Draws Silence From Groups He Backs

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Sheldon Adelson scoffed at the need for Israel to remain a democracy. The explosive opinion doesn’t seem to be a problem for groups funded by the casino billionaire’s river of cash.Read More

Federations Gather To Network, Organize Fret and — Of Course! — Shmooze

By Uriel Heilman

Part pep rally, part training and part family reunion, this week’s annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America drew some 3,000 people to a conference center outside Washington to cheer federations’ philanthropic work, listen to presentations ranging from European anti-Semitism to crowdfunding, and to schmooze.Read More

U.S. and Israel Laugh Off Disputes at Jewish Events — But Deep Divisions Remain

By Ron Kampeas

The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent name-calling exchanges still percolated.Read More

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