Rio 2016 Olympic Village to Commemorate Munich Massacre


The International Olympic Committee will erect a place to mourn family and friends at the 2016 Games in Rio, including the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The closing ceremony also will feature a moment of reflection to remember those who have died at the Olympic Games, such as the… Read More

Buscemi, Michael Sheen Joining Gere in New Joseph Cedar Film

Joseph Cedar

Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s English-language debut film has added top Hollywood figures Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen to a cast that includes Richard Gere. “Oppenheimer Strategies,” which began production last week and will shoot in New York and Israel, also will feature Josh Charles and Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, according… Read More

Miami Jewish Day Schooler to Play Division I Soccer


A Jewish day school soccer player from Florida has accepted a scholarship to play Division I soccer. Aaron Franco of the Samuel Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami signed this week to play at the University of Maryland. Franco, the team’s co-captain, led the Lions to the Florida state finals last year. Franco will be… Read More

Birthright Gains $45 Million from Adelson, Azrieli

Members of this winter’s Mayanot Birthright bus no. 140 are among the approximately 350,000 Jews ages 18 to 26 have taken Birthright trips since 2000.

Sheldon Adelson is donating another $40 million to Birthright Israel, and the Azrieli Foundation will give $5 million. The gifts for the free 10-day educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults were announced recently. The latest donation to the Birthright Israel Foundation from Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelsonís Adelson Family Foundation adds to the… Read More

Everything You Thought You Knew About Religious Zionists Is Wrong

Knitted yarmulkes and pro-settler policies are not the face of religious Zionism after all. Here, Rabbi Eran Fletzki teaches children at a school in the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel.

TEL AVIV — For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights. Well, someone finally asked the religious Zionists. And it turns out we… Read More

Adaptation of classic Yiddish tale wins top Sydney Taylor award


BOSTON — A new adaptation of a classic Yiddish tale and folk song is among the winners of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards for children’s books. The awards, which are presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, also went to a graphic novel and a retelling of the Noah story for teens, the… Read More

Oxford University Press Bans References to Pigs


Oxford University Press has banned references to pigs and pork in its publications in order to avoid offending Jews and Muslims. “Many of the educational materials we publish in the U.K. are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities,” a spokesman for… Read More

U.S. Jews Still Mostly Democrats, but GOP Sees Gains


Twice as many Jewish-Americans identify as Democrats over Republicans, but the GOP has made strides, according to the latest Gallup polling. The poll published this week showed 61 percent Jewish support for Democrats and 29 percent for Republicans — marked gains for the GOP since 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president and garnered significant… Read More

HarperCollins Apologizes for Leaving Israel Off Maps


The HarperCollins publishing house apologized for omitting Israel from maps in atlases it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East. “HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from its Collins Middle East Atlas,” the company said in a statement released Dec. 31. “This product has now been removed from sale in all territories… Read More

British Shoppers Donate Food Made in Israel to Shelters


More than 1,000 people in Great Britain donated food and other goods made in Israel to homeless shelters. IsrAction Day, which was held Sunday, called on shoppers to purchase food and goods made in Israel to counter boycott initiatives and then to donate them. The initiative was organized by Sussex Friends of Israel in Brighton… Read More