Brazil’s Jews Scale Back on Kids’ Birthday Extravaganzas

Eduard and Mariana Zagury held a third birthday party for their twins, Gabriel and Daniela, at a fancy “party house” in Rio, but they chose the venue for its innovative educational approach.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Mini roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, monorails and zip lines are just some of the over-the-top attractions featured at birthday parties for Rio’s privileged under-10 set — including the overwhelming majority of Jewish kids. At “casas de festa” (party houses), parents often pay several thousand dollars for lavish themed decorations and amusement-park style… Read More

Netanyahu Keeps Calling for Talks with Abbas. Is He Serious?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Israel Defense Forces deputy chief of staff Yair Golan alongside President Reuven Rivlin at an Israeli Independence Day ceremony for outstanding  soldiers on May 12. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 via JTA)

TEL AVIV — For a leader often accused of not wanting to talk peace with the Palestinians,  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sure does a lot of talking about wanting to talk to the Palestinians. In a series of three statements this month, Netanyahu repeatedly stressed the need for peace with the Palestinians. He called… Read More

Britain’s Labor Party Suspends 50 Over Anti-Semitism, Racism

Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is no stranger to controversy, having called Hezbollah and Hamas members his friends. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Britain’s Labor Party reportedly has secretly suspended 50 of its members in the past two months over anti-Semitic and racist comments. The suspensions by the party’s compliance unit were reported in the British daily The Telegraph on Monday, May 2, citing a senior source within the party. Up to 20 members have been suspended in… Read More

A Land Flowing With Milk, Honey and … Water Desalination Innovation Infiltrates Israel’s Economy

(Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Even as one of the world’s smallest countries, Israel is in its second decade of progress toward tackling one of the world’s largest problems: water scarcity. One of Israel’s efforts toward making its water usage more efficient and environmentally sustainable came to fruition in 2005 with the construction of the Ashkelon Desalination Plant on the… Read More

Baltimore Couple Brings Israeli Jews, Arabs Together

Jewish and Arab students enrolled in Achla show off their art projects. (Provided)

When Alan and Lauren Sachs made aliyah with their children from Baltimore in 2010, they wanted to find opportunities for their older kids, who are now 10 and 12, to learn Arabic. “The idea was to expose them to the language, the sounds and some basic vocabulary,” Alan said. But it was difficult to find… Read More

Counting the Bombshells in Pew Israel Study

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There was more than one bombshell in the Pew Research Center’s “Israel’s Religiously Divided Society,” a study  released this month. The first was the finding that 48 percent of Jewish Israelis support  “expulsion and transfer of Arabs from Israel.” But maybe it was only a bombshell in the United States. In its exploration of Israel’s … Read More

30 Dead in Brussels Attacks; Jewish Schools Locked Down

Shattered windows at Zaventem Airport show the devastation caused by a suicide bomber. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via ZUMA Press/Newscom)

Jewish schools and other  institutions in Antwerp and Brussels went into lockdown following attacks in Belgium that killed at least 30 people at the main airport and in the metro in Brussels. At least 10 people were killed in the attack Tuesday morning at Zaventem Airport, according to the online edition of the Le Soir… Read More

Clinton Pledges Support for ‘Strong’ Israel in AIPAC Speech

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday told close to 18,000 Israel supporters at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., that if elected, she would “never allow Israel’s adversaries to think a wedge can be driven between us.” Speaking at the Verizon Center, the former senator and secretary of state eliminated any daylight between… Read More

AIPAC Plans to Battle Iran as Conference Begins

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DEFENDS THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AT THE AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE. PHOTO BY MELISSA GERR.

Vice president Joe Biden on Sunday night addressed an AIPAC policy conference that was divided on the extent of the strength of the Obama administration’s support for Israel. Speaking at the Verizon Center to the pro-Israel lobby’s annual gathering, Biden quoted Irish writer James Joyce and poet William Butler Yeats, as well as Zionist father… Read More

Non-Jewish Activists Link Arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘Symbols War’

The unveiling of a bust of anti-Semitic Holocaust-era lawmaker Gyorgy Donath in Budapest drew the ire of mostly non-Jewish protesters.
(Adam Csillag)

Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably didn’t expect was that the Feb. 24 unveiling of a bust honoring Gyorgy Donath would attract a protest of mostly non-Jewish Hungarians. The protest would lead to the… Read More