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US Jewish federations delegation lobbies in Israel against Netanyahu’s judiciary overhaul

A delegation of U.S. Jewish federation leaders lobbied in Israel against the government’s planned overhaul of the judiciary, a rare step that underscores the degree to which the proposed changes have rattled the U.S. Jewish establishment. [Editor’s note: The delegation included Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey President Ed Rivkin and CEO Jennifer Dubrow Weiss.] The delegation came to Israel […]

Anti-Jewish incidents jumped nearly 20% in 2021, FBI finds

A new FBI report found that anti-Jewish incidents increased nearly 20% in 2021 relative to 2020, but decreased relative to prior years. The updated FBI statistics released last week counted 817 anti-Jewish criminal offenses reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2021, up from 683 in 2020—a year when people largely stayed off the streets for a substantial period due […]

Former NY Gov. Cuomo starts pro-Israel group

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new project, a year and a half after resigning amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations: A pro-Israel organization targeting Democrats. Cuomo delivered the message via video at an event at Carnegie Hall hosted by the World Values Network, the organization led by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach—an author, television personality and onetime Republican […]

Soviet Jewry protest leaders in San Francisco secretly recruited help from Jews for Jesus, FBI file says

Organizers of protests on behalf of Soviet Jewry in San Francisco in the early 1970s might have bolstered crowds by secretly recruiting participants from Jews for Jesus. The explosive revelation that Jewish leaders turned to a Christian missionary group for help appears in a 1973 FBI memo that the Jewish Telegraphic Agency recently obtained through a freedom of information request. […]

Meet the real-life sister act behind the two new Jewish American Girl dolls

As children in upstate New York, twin sisters Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy went to Hebrew school three days a week, spent their summers at a JCC summer camp, and got to know local Holocaust survivors through their father, who survived the Nazis as a child in Poland. They also celebrated Christmas with their mother’s family. Aware of their dual […]

This Orthodox Jewish model made history at New York Fashion Week

When disability activist Lily Brasch was asked if she would walk the runway as a model for New York Fashion Week, she didn’t know if she would be able to do it. That’s not because she has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which weakens muscles and limits her ability to walk. Rather, it was unfortunate timing: The show was […]

A London museum is seeking David Bowie’s dress for an exhibit on Jews in the UK fashion industry

David Bowie, Greta Garbo and Sean Connery were not Jewish. But some of the garments they made famous— Bowie’s dresses, Garbo’s hats and the tuxedo Connery donned as James Bond—all had Jewish creators. A London Museum is trying to gather some of those pieces of clothing for an exhibit on the impact that London’s immigrant communities had on the British […]

Elan Ganeles, American killed in West Bank attack, remembered for his wit and friendship

Playing saxophone in the sukkah. Discussing Judaism over coffee. Hanging out with his brothers and friends in the basement on Shabbat. These are a few of the memories that have emerged of Elan Ganeles, 26, the recent college graduate, raised in Connecticut, who was killed when a gunman shot at him on a road near the Palestinian West Bank city […]

David Friedman, Trump’s ambassador to Israel, criticizes Netanyahu’s plans for judicial reform

When David Friedman served as ambassador to Israel under former President Donald Trump, he was known for helping to shepherd through policies favored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That’s why it’s remarkable that he vocally criticized one of Netanyahu’s signature policy goals: the controversial proposal to overhaul Israel’s judiciary. While attending a session of a conservative political conference in Israel, […]

‘Speaking Yiddish to Chickens’ unearths patch of South Jersey history

In the years after World War II, roughly 1,000 Holocaust survivors, including Seth Stern’s grandparents, purchased poultry farms in and around Vineland, more than anywhere else in the country. Stern, a legal journalist and editor at Bloomberg Industry Group, chronicles the story of his grandparent’s resettlement and that period of history in his upcoming book, “Speaking Yiddish to Chickens: Holocaust […]

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