This Canadian Model Is a Comedy Sensation in Israel

TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions watch her Facebook videos — and she is recognized on the street. “Renny, can I get you something?” a slightly star-struck waiter… Read More

AIPAC Gets Back to Basics Pro-Israel lobby features diversity of voices, bipartisanship

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements. After years of growing affinity to Republicans in Congress… Read More

Jewish Defense League Counter-Protests Turn Violent Outside AIPAC Conference

Counter-protests led by the ultra-right wing Jewish Defense League turned violent Sunday outside the AIPAC conference in downtown Washington, resulting in two arrests. Tensions began when close to 1,000 protestors from the leftist group IfNotNow arrived at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There, 20 or so people carrying Israeli flags and yellow flags with… Read More

Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation Maryland's anti-BDS bill draws strong support, opposition

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up. Gonzalez, 28, of Baltimore, is an active community member and educator… Read More

Focus on Middle East at JCPA

There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering in Washington this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Bannon put it last week. At a session an hour later, Bannon was a man of the people who “has been… Read More

Sanders Brings Down the House at J Street 'Occupation runs counter to fundamental American values'

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a hero’s welcome at the J Street conference in Washington today for a speech that suggested that the way forward for the left is to double down on progressive values. Toward the end of a wide-ranging address that touched on President Donald Trump, the Iraq War and climate change,… Read More

J Street in the Age of Trump

The 3,500 Jews from across North America who descended on Washington last weekend for J Street’s annual policy conference arrived to tell a new president and Congress that the prospect of a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians should not be abandoned. “Political muscle” was the phrase used by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami… Read More

Naale Gives Students an Elite (and Free) Israeli Education

For many families in the United States, a private education is financially beyond reach. Jewish day schools in particular can be notoriously expensive, although many do offer scholarships. But through a program called the Naale Elite Academy, Jewish students from around the world are provided a free high school education, provided they are willing to… Read More

Soldiering On Love for Israel and its people draws locals to Israel Defense Forces

Just their first week on the job and Gil Kuttler’s friends were run over by a terrorist. As newly minted soldiers, the potential for terrorism and violence — in general, if not the specifics of a collision with a car — comes with the territory. Just maybe not quite so early. Gil and his friends… Read More