Aly Raisman Wins Silver Medal in Olympic Gymnastics All-Around

Silver medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses for photographs after the medal ceremony for the Women's Individual All Around on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Aly Raisman won the Olympic silver medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around in Rio de Janeiro. The Jewish competitor from Needham, Massachusetts, finished second behind her American teammate Simone Biles on Thursday. Raisman, 22, is the U.S. squad’s captain and was a key part of its gold medal in the team competition two days earlier…. Read More

Aly Raisman Earns Spot in Individual All-Around Finals in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07:  Alexandra Raisman of the United States reacts after competing on the uneven bars during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio. Raisman took the second spot for the American women ahead of all-around defending gold medalist Gabby Douglas and behind three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. The American women’s gymnastics team came in first place in… Read More

Israelis Debate an International Peacemaking Role

Michael Oren (Courtesy of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

It wasn’t long before a small auditorium in downtown Washington erupted in  debate as Member of Knesset Michael Oren (centrist Kulanu party) and MK Merav Michaeli (center-left Zionist Union) began butting heads over which issues affect how Israelis cast their ballots. “[Oren says] the thing that interests  [Israelis] the least is the peace process,” Michaeli… Read More

Gauging the Impact of BDS Is the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel succeeding?


In 2005, Palestinian nongovernmental organizations initiated the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to encourage businesses, universities and other global entities to pressure Israel into ending the occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights, giving full equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel and recognizing the Palestinians’ right of return to land they had fled when… Read More

Attempts at Full Israeli-Palestinian Peace Only Exacerbate the Conflict, Says Analyst

Yossi Alpher, in his new book “No End of Conflict: Rethinking Israel-Palestine,” argues that peacemakers must separate “pre-1967” and “post-’67” issues. (Photo courtesy Americans for Peace Now)

Prospects seem so poor for Israeli-Palestinian peace that even some longtime advocates of a two-state solution have begun arguing for new  approaches to preserve Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. “We’re on a slippery slope, on both sides, to something very ugly,” veteran Israeli security analyst Yossi Alpher said over coffee at Kramer Books in Washington’s… Read More

Baltimore Remembers Wiesel as Eloquent, Thoughtful, Righteous Mensch


Elie Wiesel, the iconic Holocaust survivor, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died of natural causes on Saturday, July 2 at the age of 87. While he was a figure of international prominence, there is hardly a Jewish community around the world that didn’t feel his impact, and Baltimore is no different. “It was like… Read More

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.


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