September 13, 2017 RSS feed / World News

Felicity Jones replaces Portman in Ginsburg biopic

British actress Felicity Jones will portray Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a biopic after Natalie Portman dropped out.  Shooting of “On the Basis of Sex” was slated to begin this month in Montreal, according to V More...

Brooklyn Orthodox shul hires woman spiritual leader

A modern Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn has hired a woman as its spiritual leader, the latest in a handful of Orthodox synagogues to hire a woman to a clergy position.  More...

Did the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky have a Jewish problem?

LOS ANGELES—While researching his latest one-man show, “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” Hershey Felder—a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some of the world’s greatest compos More...

Manhattan’s only vineyard is run by this 89-year-old Iraqi Jew

NEW YORK—Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. More...

A Jewish ‘Dreamer’ is scared, but refuses to despair

BOSTON—At 15, Elias Rosenfeld became a “Dreamer.”  More...

45 years after the Munich Massacre, murdered Israelis get a memorial

Forty-five years after the murderous PLO attack on Israeli Olympic team members at the 1972 games, a memorial dedicated to the victims opened in Munich. More...

The billionaire who founded Birthright has a private zoo

MOUNT KISCO, NY— When Michael Steinhardt strolls around his 55-acre backyard for 90 minutes every morning, one of his favorite animals to see is the scimitar-horned Oryx, whose antlers sweep back from its head like the swords for which they are More...

Ukrainian authorities prepare for Uman pilgrimage

Ukrainian authorities are preparing for a record pilgrimage by tens of thousands of Jews gathering in the city of Uman for Rosh Hashanah.  Authorities are expecting up to 40,000 Jewish pilgrims ahead of the Jewish New Year, which this year falls More...

Berlin mayor pledges crackdown

Berlin’s mayor will block the use of city venues and funds by groups or event organizers that support the boycott movement against Israel. More...

The Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your grandma’s recipes

TENAFLY, NJ—Ayala Hodak usually cooks the way her mother taught her: Adding a pinch of spice here or relying on her eyes—never a measuring cup!-to judge how much liquid to add. But on a recent Tuesday, she was being much more precise. More...

Not even Harvey could stop Houston’s Jewish paper from publishing

As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Houston, Vicki Samuels Levy dashed over to the offices of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, took the proofs of the week’s newspaper and went to her mother’s house. More...

American Muslims turn to Jews to increase mosque security

NEW YORK—With Islamophobic hate crimes on the rise, Muslim leaders are working harder to secure their mosques and institutions. Some are turning to Jewish experts for assistance. More...

Poland’s Jewish revival is marred by community infighting

For close to 30 years, leaders of Polish Jewry have been celebrating what they call the revival of their once-great community from near annihilation during the Holocaust. More...