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

Jewish Food Movement Sees Healthy Future


In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined the Jewish Food Movement, whose emergence has led to the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see… Read More

Helmsley Trust Gives Another $11.3 Million to Israeli Causes

Helmsley Trust Gives Another $11.3 Million to Israeli CausesThe U.S.-based Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced that it was donating $11.3 million to three Israeli institutions and to eight organizations that arrange trips to Israel. The grants, which were announced Dec. 11, will be directed to a range of causes, including agricultural… Read More

Thousands of Albert Einstein’s writings available online


Thousands of documents, including the scientific research and personal writings of Albert Einstein, have been put online as a free searchable database. Five thousand documents from the first 44 years of the scientist’s life opened online last week via Princeton University Press. The database, called the DigitalEinstein Papers, is part of the Einstein Papers Project…. Read More