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Coalition doomed to failure, new elections loom

(JNS) - Israel appears set to head back to the polls after a "change coalition" has failed to hold its razor-thin majority, barely a year after its formation. Elections are likely to be held on Oct....

Zelensky singles out Israel for refusing to join international sanctions against Russia

(JTA) — In a live streamed address to students, faculty and staff at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Israel to join the network of countries around the world that have placed sanctions on Russia for...

Doron Almog set to head Jewish Agency

(JTA) - The Jewish Agency's nominating committee recommended Doron Almog, a storied retired general and a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, to lead the body that bridges Israel and the...

What's on the agenda for Biden's Israel visit?

(JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Israel on July 13. Analysts tell JNS that among the key topics to be discussed will be the Iran threat; a security alliance between Israel and Gulf states; the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem;...

Fury over German court's 'anti-Semitic' pro-BDS ruling

(JNS) - The Stuttgart Administrative Court recently ruled that calls to single out the Jewish state for boycott, divestment and sanctions do not violate Germany's laws against hate speech and are...

A wise voice from history

(JNS) — As I was researching the Six-Day War fought 55 years ago, I stumbled across an article written by Christopher Sykes, the son of Sir Mark Sykes, the British diplomat who negotiated the Sykes-Picot agreement with François Georges-Picot....

The 'Mapping Project' proves there is only one 'Jewish issue' 

(JNS) — Much has been written in recent days about a Boston BDS group’s online map of Jewish sites across Massachusetts. The “Mapping Project” ostensibly revealed the monstrous connections between Massachusetts institutions and the...

The fall of the Israeli government and the upcoming election

(JNS) — The moment that some Israelis have been dreading and others happily anticipating finally arrived on Monday. Though the announcement by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid of a call for the disbanding of the...

Human Rights Council's latest report: diplomatic terrorism

(JNS) — This week, the U.N. Human Rights Council published an 18-page report on the May 2021 conflict between Hamas and Israel. From the outset, Israel knew the report’s conclusion was predetermined and rightly refused to cooperate with a...

Will President Biden adopt President Carter's regime-change policy?

(JNS) — According to the Washington, D.C.-based White House Historical Association, the 1978/79 U.S. policy on Iran, that embraced Ayatollah Khomeini, betrayed the pro-U.S. shah and failed the pro-U.S. Sunni Arab regimes, was based on a...

SWC grants pope letter by Hitler

(JNS) - A 30-member Simon Wiesenthal Center international delegation met with Pope Francis on Wednesday to present a facsimile of an original four-page 1919 document authored and signed by Adolf...

A movie about kidnapped Italian Jew Edgardo Mortara is moving forward without Steven Spielberg

(JTA) – For years, Steven Spielberg intended to direct a movie about Edgardo Mortara, a 19th-century Italian Jew who was kidnapped by the Catholic Church and raised Christian, eventually becoming a...

Romance, intrigue, pragmatism, activism: For A.B. Yehoshua, Israel encompassed all

(JNS) - When it comes to novelist A.B. Yehoshua, who died on June 14 at the age of 85, it's difficult to separate his romances from his political activism. Despite his extreme views on Jewish...

Next up for Adam Sandler's production company: A YA bat mitzvah novel adaptation

(JTA) - Last month, Adam Sandler threw his daughter a star-studded bat mitzvah party.  Now it looks like his production company is making a bat mitzvah-themed film. The casting site Backstage has...

The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song is now in Yiddish

(JTA) - Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? ShvomBob Kvadrat-hoyzn, of course. And now the Jewish world knows how to say "SpongeBob SquarePants" in Yiddish, thanks to a translation of the...

Statement from Shalom Orlando

In response to the Mapping Project of Boston, Sam Friedman, chief development officer of Shalom Orlando, gave a statement on behalf of the now-merged Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and The Roth Family JCC. “Shalom Orlando stands in...

Billy Crystal performs 'Yiddish scat' at the Tony Awards

(JTA) - "Ella Fitzgerald, wherever you are, I apologize in advance." Billy Crystal gave this year's Tonys a jolt of Jewish shtick when he coaxed the audience into a call-and-response "Yiddish scat"...

Sandy Koufax honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - For Jewish sports fans around the world, Sandy Koufax has for decades occupied an unmatched legendary status.  Now, 57 years after the Hall of Fame pitcher sat out a World...

Which European countries are best for Jews? A new study offers unexpected answers

BUDAPEST (JTA) — Antisemitic sentiment is especially prevalent in Italy and Hungary, according to multiple surveys. But a first-of-its-kind index combining different measures of Jewish experience found that they are also the best countries in...

Scene Around

I never cease to be amazed … I refer to Jewish people — so talented! How about John Garfield. (Those of you who are as old as me will remember him and what a fine actor he was!) He always played brooding, rebellious characters. He was active...

Obituary - ARLENE RUBENSTEIN LUDIN

Arlene Rubenstein Ludin passed away on June 19, 2022, at the age of 89. Arlene was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on July 1, 1932, the daughter of Moe and Sally Rubenstein. She married Dr. Edward Ludin...

Obituary - VICTORIA ROUSSMAN

Victoria Roussman, age 75, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022, at AdventHealth Hospice — Orlando after an extended illness. Victoria was born Jan. 31, 1947, in Miami, Fla., and was the daughter of the late Major Harold Roussman and...

Obituary - RUTH S. ELSON

By Molly R. Sinert Ruth S. Elson, 93, passed away peacefully on the morning of June 18, 2022. The oldest of seven siblings, Ruth was born April 29, 1929. She raised three children of her own in Rochester, N.Y., with Leonard “Lenny” Elson, her...

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