Violence Frightens Ukrainian Jews


Two violent anti-Semitic incidents that took place in Kiev over the course of a week have alarmed the Ukrainian Jewish community. Some experts speculate that the events could be related to the political conflict that has engulfed the country since November 2013. On Jan. 11, several men attacked Hillel Wertheimer, an Orthodox Jewish and Israeli… Read More

Israeli Bureaucrat Decides Who Can Marry in the Jewish State


To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a… Read More

MLA Delegates Condemn Israel


CHICAGO — The Modern Language Association (MLA) delegate committee on Saturday passed Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying entry to U.S. academics into the West Bank, in a 60-53 vote. The MLA executive committee will now need to approve the resolution before it goes to a vote among MLA members. The original text of… Read More

Local Leaders Remember Sharon as Masterful Strategist


As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who… Read More

Ariel Sharon dies at 85


Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same settlements, died Saturday. He was 85 and had been in a coma since suffering a series of strokes in 2006. Sharon was known for… Read More

Israel’s Opposition Leader Holds Out Safety Net


Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog will likely come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog… Read More

Pipe bomb wounds Israeli man at Rachel’s Tomb

An Israeli man was wounded in the face on Monday after a pipe bomb thrown toward the upper parking lot at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem exploded, Israel Hayom reported. The bomb was thrown from the Palestinian side of the complex. The man, 25, had gone to the site to pray. After he was wounded, he… Read More

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Talmud set for auction

When Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died last October, the former Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel and spiritual leader of the Shas Party left behind a unique Talmud set originally published in Munich in 1949. Later this month, the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem will publicly auction the set, a series of 19 books that is the… Read More

Israel naming visitor center after Canadian prime minister

The soon-to-be-built visitor center at Israel’s Hula Nature Reserve will be named after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he visits the Jewish state in two weeks, Israel Hayom reported. The center, established by the Jewish National Fund, will be built from funds collected in Canada at a fundraising event that Harper attended. Israeli Prime… Read More

German Op-ed: Israel cannot be a Jewish state

A German newspaper, Neue Osnabrück Zeitung, published an op-ed last week, “Israel as Jewish state: Unacceptable demand,” sparking outrage in the German Jewish community. Author Franziska Kückmann compared the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by the Palestinians with the creation of either a theocracy like the Islamic Republic of Iran or an “apartheid… Read More