Articles from the December 6, 2013 edition

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Billy Crystal's serious side

After suffering a tough personal loss early in life, there has always been a serious side to the comedy of famed Jewish entertainer Billy Crystal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of... Full story

 By Ari Yashar    News    December 6, 2013

First baby born at IDF field hospital in Philippines

A day after arriving in typhoon-struck Philippines, Israel Defense Forces field hospital medical staff delivered a baby, whom the mayor of Bogo City, where the hospital was established, announced will be named “Israel.” The new life follows the... Full story


French Jews who anticipated the Nazi onslaught

(JTA)-His hearing isn't what it used to be, but Georges Loinger still remembers Adolf Hitler's voice emanating from the radio at his Strasbourg home. Growing up in the heavily Germanic Alsace region... Full story


Travel to Cadbury World is cocotastic-and kosher

It’s easy to imagine that if the ancient Israelites had been familiar with the cocoa bean, G-d might have promised them a land flowing with milk and chocolate. He didn’t, but such a land does exist. In the English city of Birmingham, a 90-minute... Full story


Conservative synagogues wrestle with non-Jews in the pews

NEW YORK (JTA)-To an outsider, the battles might seem to be over trifles-in some cases, just a few feet. Where may a non-Jewish parent stand in the synagogue during his child's bar mitzvah? Can a... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Temple Mount closed after Jewish-Muslim brawl JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was closed to visitors after a fight broke out between Jewish visitors and Muslim worshipers. The Jews visiting the site Sunday morning reportedly began... Full story


DIY shechitah: Kosher slaughter in the backyard

ASHLAND, Ore. (JTA)- It's a crisp fall day in southern Oregon and Josh Shupack, 32, is gently whispering in a chicken's ear. "We're going to return your soul to heaven, your blood to the earth," he sa... Full story


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