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  • Lapid inaugurates embassy in Bahrain, Iran calls visit 'stain that cannot be erased'

    Oct 15, 2021

    (JNS) - Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Jewish state's embassy in Bahrain on Thursday, a year after the two countries signed the Abraham Accords to normalize ties. "Bahrain, like Israel, encompasses an ancient history along with extraordinary capabilities of the new technological world. Our opportunities are shared, our threats are shared, and they are not far from here," Lapid said in a joint press conference with his Bahraini counterpart, Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin...

  • Looking for Ron Arad

    Jonathan Feldstein|Oct 15, 2021

    More than Facebook crashing, news in Israel this week has been about the vague announcement and gripping story of efforts to locate Ron Arad, an Israeli Air Force officer who has been missing in action since October 1986. Ron Arad was a 28-year-old Lieutenant Colonel whose plane crashed during a mission over Lebanon. It is believed he is dead, though there are conflicting reports as to when and how he died. Arad and his pilot Yishai Aviram ejected from their plane, damaged when a bomb apparently exploded prematurely. Aviram was located and...

  • Obituary - JERRY ADELMAN

    Oct 15, 2021

    Mr. Jerry Adelman, 92 of Longwood, Florida, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, following a brief illness. He was born April 8, 1929, in Canton, Ohio, to the late Abraham & Lena (Eisenman) Adelman and moved to the Central Florida area in 1981 from Erie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Adelman is survived by his loving and caring wife of 60 years, Ann (Gordon) Adelman of Longwood; son, Joel Adelman of Casselberry; daughter, Jill (Frank) Vander Valk of Saratoga, N.Y.; and grandchildren — Sydney, Ben, Leor, Zoe and Jacob. Funeral Services for Mr. Adelman were held F... Full story

  • These Jewish NYC schoolteachers want a religious exemption from the city's vaccine mandate

    Philissa Cramer|Oct 15, 2021

    (JTA) — When Rivka Taub Rivera decided to apply for a religious exemption to New York City’s vaccine mandate for teachers, she didn’t turn to the rabbis of Borough Park, the Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn where she lives. Instead, she asked Michoel Green, a Chabad rabbi who has openly opposed vaccination, to submit the required letter from a clergy member. Based in Massachusetts, Green was disaffiliated by a Chabad organization because of his anti-vaccination social media posts and has become a folk hero for some Orthodox Jews who oppos...

  • For NBA's Deni Avdija, year two means easing back from injuries and into game mode

    Howard Blas|Oct 15, 2021

    (JNS) Basketball player Deni Avdija was the talk of the town in Israeli and Jewish circles last season. The 19-year-old Israeli was drafted No. 9 in the first round of the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards and was off to a fairly impressive start until he fractured his right ankle on April 21 during a game against the Golden State Warriors. Avdija, now 20, has been recovering and rehabilitating, and is cleared to return for his second year in the NBA. He will play on the same Wizards team,...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Oct 15, 2021

    London lawmakers reject plan for high-rise building next to historic synagogue By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — City council members in London voted against a controversial plan to build a high-rise building near an 18th-century synagogue. The plan by developers would have replaced a seven-story building adjacent to the Bevis Marks synagogue in central London with a 48-story tower. The plan was rejected on Tuesday in a vote by a vote of 14-7, the BBC reported. The custodians of the synagogue, which today serves the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish c...

  • As Jon Stewart returns to TV, here's a look back at his most Jewish moments

    Stephen Silver|Oct 15, 2021

    (JTA) - After a hiatus of more than six years that followed his departure from "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart returned to regular series TV on Thursday night with "The Problem with Jon Stewart." Debuting on Apple TV+, it's a new talk show that will feature in-depth discussion of different political issues, with new episodes debuting every two weeks. The 58-year-old Stewart, of course, is Jewish, and has frequently referenced Judaism throughout his comedy career, including before, during and after...

  • In 'Golden Voices,' Russian movie dubbers reinvent themselves in Israel, to hilarious effect

    Andrew Lapin|Oct 15, 2021

    (JTA) — The familiar Jewish narrative of outsiders struggling to assimilate to their new homeland gets turned on its head in the charming Israeli comedy “Golden Voices.” Here, the strange, unwelcoming new land the Jews face is Israel itself. The year is 1990, and married middle-aged couple Raya and Victor are new immigrants from the Soviet Union, which has just collapsed. With Israel suddenly playing host to an influx of new Russian-speaking migrants, Raya and Victor are our eyes and ears to this culture clash — and in a literal sense, our voi...

  • 'Fiddler' meets 'The Sopranos': A gritty, forgotten novel by Sholom Aleichem is published in English for the first time

    Penny Schwartz|Oct 15, 2021

    (JTA) - Move over, Tevye the dairyman. Make room for Moshkele the thief, the rough and tumble rogue hero from the wrong side of the shtetl in a newly rediscovered work of fiction by Sholom Aleichem. The recent publication of "Moshkele the Thief: A Rediscovered Novel" (Jewish Publication Society/University of Nebraska Press), translated from the original Yiddish and with an introduction by Curt Leviant, marks the first ever English-language translation of the novella by perhaps the most popular a...

  • 2 years after the synagogue attack in Halle, Germany, young Jews gather to turn mourning into activism

    Joe Baur|Oct 15, 2021

    BERLIN (JTA) — Last year, as Rabbi Rebecca Blady approached the first anniversary of the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, she knew she wanted to commemorate it on her own terms. Blady runs Base Hillel Deutschland, an organization for young Jews in Berlin, and was praying in the Halle synagogue on Yom Kippur in 2019 when a gunman attempted to break down the door. The gunman then went on to kill two people nearby, and is now serving a life sentence in prison. Rather than suffice with the state-organized memorial on the a...