Shabbat-Observant Student Prerecorded Saturday Commencement Speech


A graduating senior at Binghamton University in New York delivered the commencement speech via a prerecorded video since it fell on Shabbat. Don Greenberg, of Teaneck, N.J., stood at the podium on stage during the Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering commencement on May 16, but did not speak live. Orthodox Jews such as Greenberg… Read More

Nobel Medal of German Doc Who Shielded Jews Brings $395K

Heinrich Otto Wieland

LOS ANGELES — A Nobel Prize medal that belonged to a German doctor who shielded Jews in pre-Holocaust Germany fetched $395,000 at an auction. The medal, auctioned off on April 30 through Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles, had a gold value of about $8,700 and was put on the market by the grandson… Read More

Obama Playfully Skewers Journalists Over Netanyahu Controversy


President Barack Obama took a playful jibe at journalists over the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. “It is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said Saturday night at the… Read More

UC Santa Barbara Students Vote Down BDS


The University of California, Santa Barbara student senate narrowly voted down an Israel divestment resolution. Following an eight-hour debate, the resolution was defeated on April 16 in a vote of 13 against and 12 in favor, with one abstention. The Associated Students Senate president cast the deciding vote against the resolution. The resolution, written by… Read More

Int’l Soccer Chief Rejects Palestinian Ban Bid


The president of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, expressed opposition to a Palestinian request to ban Israel from international competition. Sepp Blatter (pictured at left) told the French news agency AFP last week that “such a situation shall not occur at the FIFA Congress because suspension of a federation for any reason is… Read More

Guilford College’s Hillel Declares Itself ‘Open’


The Hillel chapter at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., said it will no longer abide by Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel-related issues. The announcement that the Guilford Hillel had joined the so-called Open Hillel movement, which includes Swarthmore, Vassar and Wesleyan, came in a Facebook posting on April 1. “At Guilford’s Hillel, we have a… Read More

Turkish Synagogue Reopens After Government Restoration


The Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey reopened following a five-year government-sponsored restoration. The synagogue, which was rededicated last week, was rebuilt with $2.5 million of government funds that have restored its formerly collapsed domes and vibrant polychrome interior, Reuters reported. The restoration has taken place despite the fact that Edirne, near Turkey’s western border… Read More

Archaeologists Find Rare Bronze Mask Near Sea of Galilee

A member of the archaeological team holds the bronze mask of the god Pan, uncovered at the University of Haifa’s excavation at Hippos-Sussita.

An archaeological dig in northern Israel has unearthed a large bronze mask of the god Pan. The mask was found outside the limits of the ancient city of Hippos, according to a press release issued by the University of Haifa archaeological team that made the discovery. According to Michael Eisenberg, the team’s director, the mask,… Read More

Program Connects Business Students with Internships in Israel


Itís no secret that business moguls such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are heavily invested in Israel. Technology leaders such as Intel, Microsoft and Apple selected the Jewish state — the so-called “startup nation” — for their first research facilities outside the United States. As such, Israel has become a fertile training ground for… Read More

Oregon Couple to Brew Kosher Kegs

PORTLAND, Ore. — For Theo and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that vaguely resembles a garage with too small a door. But inside, the gleaming stainless steel tanks, the grain mill and the array of… Read More