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

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