What happens next? With a vote on Iran nuclear deal approaching, expert weighs in on likely outcomes


Congress has less than a month left to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it comes to an expected vote in mid-September. Despite opponents lobbying hard and spending millions to sway undecided lawmakers, President Barack Obama may still get his way, the Senate majority leader said recently. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Associated… Read More

Museum on the Seam: Not Your Average Art Venue Jerusalem sociopolitical art museum in danger of shutting down

A banner declaring “The Revolution Is Not Over” greets museum visitors. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When people think of Jerusalem, biblical history comes to mind: the Western Wall, the Old City and other sacred relics of the past. But situated in a modest building on the borders of Mea Shearim, Musara and East Jerusalem is what one might call an anomaly for Jerusalem, a contemporary art museum with alluring and… Read More

Israel’s Biblical Chef Moshe Basson’s culinary creations draw from the Torah and his multiethnic upbringing

Above: Chef Moshe Basson, known as Israel’s Biblical Chef, speaks with a group of journalists at his restaurant, The Eucalyptus. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

Many people connect to the earth by going on hikes, connect to the Bible by going to synagogue or church and connect with food by eating and cooking it. For Chef Moshe Basson of The Eucalyptus in Jerusalem, all of those pieces come together in his work. From picking his own herbs and vegetables to… Read More

Matisyahu calls festival cancellation ‘appalling, offensive’

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American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. On his Facebook page Monday, a day after festival organizers announced that he was no longer invited to perform there, Matisyahu said the festival organizers had asked him “to write… Read More

Reparations How much should the PLO pay in terror compensation?


The Obama administration on Monday cited potential economic and political repercussions to the Palestinian Authority when it asked a federal judge to “carefully consider” the amount of bond he will require for the PA to appeal large damages awarded to American victims of terror. At the conclusion of a lengthy civil trial in February, the… Read More

Schumer, Engel to Oppose Iran Deal


Two of the most watched Jewish lawmakers in Congress announced they will vote to disapprove of the Iran deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) both said Thursday evening they had considered the issue carefully before their decision. “Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot… Read More

Emotional Meet Team USA settles into Berlin’s past and present at European Maccabi games


BERLIN — After a very early arrival in the German capital, a group of jetlagged athletes, parents and volunteers from the American delegation joined their British counterparts for dinner on July 26 prior to the official start of the 2015 European Maccabi Games. They mingled together in the expansive Estrel Hotel, where the delegations from… Read More

Hoops for Peace Kids’ basketball program teaches conflict resolution

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For the last 15 years, an international program has been attempting to take the first step toward world peace through an unlikely mechanism — basketball. Peace Players International, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, works to unite children of different communities from around the world that have a history of violence through programs that combine basketball and… Read More