Peres at Rabin Memorial: Ruling Over Others Against Jewish Values

Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin. “Peace has become a derogatory term. There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional,” Peres said last Sunday night to thousands of people gathered in Rabin… Read More

Ancient Russian Synagogues Rededicated

Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship. One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The renovation cost $2.5 million, which came mostly from the Russian-Jewish billionaire German Khan. Last… Read More

Loyola U. Chicago Sanctions Hillel, SJP

Loyola University Chicago has determined that the campus chapters of both Hillel and Students for Justice in Palestine violated university rules. A board of Loyola administrators ruled Friday that both organizations had broken the rules in a campus incident on Sept. 9, an announcement issued by the university said. In the incident, members of Students… Read More

Athens Holocaust Memorial Desecrated

The Athens Holocaust Memorial was desecrated for the second time in five months. On Oct. 30, the logo of the ultranationalist group known as the Unaligned Meander Nationalists was spray-painted in blue on the memorial. In June, threats against the Jewish community were spray-painted on the monument, which was erected in 2010 and commemorates the… Read More

Who did you vote for?

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Martin Jacobs: As a general principle, it’s a good idea to keep it private. It makes for fewer arguments between couples. Karen Jacobs: Brown Marlee Greenberg: I did vote. [I’ll keep my vote] private, but it’s the most rewarding experience. It’s good to have the privilege to vote. It’s a great, exciting day, especially when it comes to… Read More

SodaStream to Shut West Bank Factory

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JERUSALEM — The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, is closing its West Bank factory. The company, which makes home soft-drink machines, made the announcement about its Maale Adumim facility last week. It also said that its third-quarter sales had dropped 9 percent. SodaStream said… Read More

Audacity

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By Melanie Crowder Philomel, 400 pages With an eye-catching title audacious in its simplicity, this beautifully written book succeeds in an equally audacious mission by pulling the reader into the world of Clara Lemlich. With each chapter of verse perfectly pieced together, the reader can truly feel the emotions Clara, a Russian Jewish immigrant who… Read More

What is your favorite fall fashion?

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Bernard L. Berkowitz: My green fleece jacket. Wearing this jacket reminds me of all the great trips I used to take. Richard Bloom: A lightweight coat. Robert Waxman: Ravens gear! That’s why I wholesale them. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Latest Helmsley Grants Target Israeli Innovation

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The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced more than $9.6 million in grants to four Israeli institutions, bringing the trust’s philanthropic investment in the Jewish state to a total of $131.8 million since 2009. “These grants demonstrate our continuing philanthropic approach toward Israel,” Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel said in a statement. “They strengthen Israel’s scientific, technological… Read More

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

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By Laura Silver Brandeis, 300 pages The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried, dumpling-like food. It demonstrates the often-central role of food in communities and cultural legacies. Laura Silver knows that all too well. She has consumed knishes on three different continents, and her exhaustive research on the… Read More