A Sense of Pride In an ultra-wealthy Moscow suburb, a luxurious JCC opens its doors

An exterior view shows the grandeur of the Zhokuvka Jewish Community Center.

ZHUKOVKA, Russia — On the only road connecting this affluent village on Moscow’s western outskirts, Russian secret service agents are blocking all inbound traffic. Drivers bound for Zhukovka pull over and step out to smoke while chatting with other motorists as a line of luxury cars grows on the shoulder of a two-lane road. The… Read More

Counterattack Influential academics tackle boycott movement on college campuses


Alarmed by what they called “Orwellian efforts” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to link Israel with a multitude of free-speech issues roiling college campuses across the United States, a group of influential academics launched the Academic Engagement Network. Led by Mark G. Yudof, president emeritus of the University of California System, and… Read More

‘Scandalous’ Climate activists welcome deal but rap Israel for ‘minimalist’ commitments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, joins his French 
counterpart, Manuel Valls, at the United Nations Climate Change 
Conference in Le Bourget, France.

TEL AVIV — During last week’s climate summit outside Paris, the 195 delegate countries — including Israel — committed to implementing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving their goals every five years. The aim: Keep Earth from warming more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century. “This demands international… Read More

Keeping a Low Profile How the world’s longest-running Chabad house survives in Morocco

Rabbi Shalom Edelman has served as a Chabad emissary in Morocco 
for the past 57 years.

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Raizel Raskin’s office feels like a cluttered museum of Moroccan Jewish heritage. A photo from an old Jewish summer camp lies on the table. Another, of a rabbi meeting Moroccan dignitaries, hangs on the wall. Outside the door is a bookshelf filled with Hasidic tracts translated into Arabic. But the rest of… Read More

Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees


Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Two-State Solution: Not Going to Happen Now White House recalibrates Middle East peace push

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office in November 2015.

Though he came into the presidency with great optimism of brokering Middle East peace, President Barack Obama’s time in office will not conclude with a two-state solution. In a phone call last week with reporters ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on Monday, administration official Rob Malley, the National… Read More

Meet the Press Edwards, Van Hollen talk Middle East

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

In separate phone calls with reporters, Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the leading contenders for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s coveted seat, answered identical queries submitted by the Baltimore Jewish Times and its sister publication Washington Jewish Week regarding the candidates’ stances on lobbying, Israel and the Iran nuclear deal. Both candidates said… Read More

Moving Forward Israeli Druze pursue new partnerships

A veterans’ organization is working to help Druze soldiers integrate into the 
Israeli workforce.

Carrying the five-color flag of the Druze people, the four Israel Defense Force veterans worked the hotel ballroom, sharing their story and impressed upon whomever would listen the need for investment in the Israeli-Druze community. Esti Winter, an Israeli Jew who made aliyah decades ago, accompanied the members of the Druze Veterans Association to the… Read More

A Swing to the Left Will Justin Trudeau’s victory erode Canada’s support for Israel?

Justin Trudeau has pressed all the right buttons in his support for Israel.

TORONTO — The election of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister represents the first change in Canadian government since Stephen Harper and his Conservatives assumed power in 2006. What is unlikely to change, however, is Ottawa’s robust support for Israel — a policy cemented under Harper, whose forceful backing of the Jewish state… Read More