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For ground-breaking comedienne Joan Rivers, it was all about getting a laugh
BY Ian Zelaya
September 11, 2014

The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at CONTINUE »

Jewish groups persist in face of Ebola outbreak
BY Heather Norris
September 4, 2014

With the news that Maryland will be home to some of the latest efforts to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, the deadly outbreak taking place on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is seemingly getting closer and closer. At American Jewish World Service, the outbreak resulted in a halt in regular programming in CONTINUE »

Senators make their case against Islamic State
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
September 4, 2014

With concern over the apparent growing strength and spread of the Islamic State, the terror group that has beheaded two American journalists in as many weeks, Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), despite the Senate’s summer recess, have sent a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the administration to CONTINUE »

Prague’s longtime chief rabbi leaves colorful, controversial legacy
BY Jan Richter/JTA
September 4, 2014

PRAGUE — When the novel “Altschul’s Method” hit the shelves in Czech bookstores in March, it was hailed as a brilliant political and psychological thriller combining elements of science fiction, alternate history and Jewish mysticism. But it became a true literary sensation when it was revealed a week later that the book’s supposed author, Chaim CONTINUE »

Even Democrats support indicted pro-Israel Texas Gov. Rick Perry
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
September 4, 2014

Proudly flaunting the list of liberal pundits who have criticized his recent indictment on two felony charges, Rick Perry, the staunchly pro-Israel Texas governor and likely GOP presidential candidate, blasted the Obama administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East Aug. 21 in front of an audience of policy wonks and journalists more interested in his CONTINUE »