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

Yemen Minister Dedicates Award to Country’s Jews


Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human-rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. Arwa Othman, awarded the Alison Des Forges Award by Human Rights Watch in September, called for “tolerance” in her speech and announced she was giving her award to “brothers and friends from the Jewish community,” according to… Read More

SodaStream to Shut West Bank Factory


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

Tech Firms Increasingly Toe Europe’s Line on Hate Speech


A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits. The 2013 ruling by the Paris Court of Appeals settled a lawsuit brought… Read More

Latest Helmsley Grants Target Israeli Innovation


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

University Posts Rosenberg Letters Online


A new website on convicted Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg provides access to a collection of more than 500 letters between the couple while they were imprisoned. The website,, was launched last week by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University. Maintaining their innocence until the end, the Rosenbergs were executed on… Read More

The $50K Sukkah: Celebrating the Holiday in Style


With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, plush seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth, and the roof is a bamboo mat. Welcome to one of a dozen private sukkahs built on… Read More

What Did King David Drink?


The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are, in fact, remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years… Read More