Wearing blue shirts that read “Occupation is not Our Judaism,” a group of 45 American Jewish activists protested in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on July 15 in a demonstration that ended in the detention of six people by the police, five with dual American-Israeli citizenship and one Canadian-Israeli.
Last year Yiddish Soul was the highlight of the Folksbiene’s Kulturfest, a festival that featured hundreds of performances over eight packed days and attracted tens of thousands of attendees. At the time, I wrote in the Yiddish Forward that this high-profile concert of Hasidic and cantorial music, presented as part of SummerStage in Central Park, was the festival’s most important program. I believed this to be the case not only because it was one of the festival’s strongest concerts but also because it attracted an unusually diverse audience of Hasidic, secular and Modern Orthodox Jews who came to enjoy an evening of Yiddish music. I argued that the concert could help the fortunes of Yiddish among Modern Orthodox Jews who generally see the language as old-fashioned and irrelevant at best.
An unknown assailant attacked Rabbi Alvin Kass, the respected chief chaplain of the New York City Police Department, yesterday while the rabbi was on his morning power walk along Riverside Boulevard.
(JTA) — A Pennsylvania man identified as Jewish in a federal lawsuit against the Amish church has been charged with the sexual assault of a teen who was “gifted” to him by her parents, who were suing their former church. Police found 12 girls aged 18 years to 6 months in the Lower Southampton home…
Born November 1941, 18 months into the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, my mother’s obstetrician had urged her to have an abortion. “It would be immoral,” he told her, “to bring another Jewish life into the world.”
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders led a chorus of Jewish leaders who expressed outrage at gun violence after the mass shooting that killed 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando.
While most schools in Israel are decked out in blue and white for Israel’s Memorial and Independence days, at mixed Jewish and Arab schools this is the most challenging time of year.
Marc Buslik is Chicago’s top-ranking Jewish police commander. He’s also been named as liaison to the federal probe of the troubled department — putting him right smack in the middle of the nation’s worst policing scandal.
The more Ilan Rosenberg pondered the Chanukkah story, the more the Hollywood stunt performer came up with one explanation for how a group of Jewish guerilla fighters beat the much larger Greek army. Maybe the Maccabees had possessed superhuman powers.