Ancient Russian Synagogues Rededicated

Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship. One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The renovation cost $2.5 million, which came mostly from the Russian-Jewish billionaire German Khan. Last… Read More

Loyola U. Chicago Sanctions Hillel, SJP

Loyola University Chicago has determined that the campus chapters of both Hillel and Students for Justice in Palestine violated university rules. A board of Loyola administrators ruled Friday that both organizations had broken the rules in a campus incident on Sept. 9, an announcement issued by the university said. In the incident, members of Students… Read More

Athens Holocaust Memorial Desecrated

The Athens Holocaust Memorial was desecrated for the second time in five months. On Oct. 30, the logo of the ultranationalist group known as the Unaligned Meander Nationalists was spray-painted in blue on the memorial. In June, threats against the Jewish community were spray-painted on the monument, which was erected in 2010 and commemorates the… Read More

Verbal Assault

As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli Prime Minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

Political Shift?

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As Republicans look poised to take control of the U.S. Senate after Nov-ember’s midterm elections, Senate races in a couple of states have tightened, with both political parties redirecting their funds toward key toss-up races before Election Day. In Georgia, a state with a sizable Jewish voter block, the race to fill the open seat… Read More

Foundation Led by Kerry’s Wife Funded Anti-Israel Eatery, Report Reveals

Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh snack bar that sells sandwiches wrapped in paper printed with pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel slogans, received a $50,000 grant from a foundation run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The wrappers bearing the anti-Israel slogans also indicate that the take-out restaurant is supported in part by… Read More

Former Spanish Prime Minister Slams European Recognition of ‘Palestine’

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar spoke out against unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. “The Palestinian state does not exist yet and the Gaza Strip is still controlled by Hamas, but many nations are already moving to recognize it,” he said. “The Swedish government announced it would recognize Palestine, the British Parliament voted… Read More

Just Like Adam and Eve

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TEL AVIV — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant Nanuchka, saw a television news… Read More

The Final Divorce?

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Loading a newly released video of a beheading in Syria on his smartphone, Nabil Abuznaid, the Palestinians’ ambassador here, shakes his head in disbelief. “Look at those animals,” he said, referring to the fighters from the ISIS jihadist group who carried out the decapitation. “Do you think Israelis are immune from… Read More

Protective Order

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What’s the cure for the recent ills of the United States Secret Service? American officials might consider taking some advice from their Israeli counterparts at the Shin Bet security agency. White House security breaches have sent the Secret Service scrambling to restructure itself in order to prevent similar or more serious mistakes in the future…. Read More