Dershowitz: ‘There is No Such Thing as a BDS Movement’

Alan Dershowitz said that by his calculation, Israel should be 196th in line for a boycott.(Jared Feldschreiber)

Alan Dershowitz was in the mood to prosecute. The accused: the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. “The goal of the BDS movement is to miseducate a  generation of future leaders by lying to them,” he said in an interview last week, “by demonizing, delegitimizing, discriminating against and applying a double standard to the… Read More

D.C. Dems Feeling the Blues Over Primary Date

District resident Linda Benesch and her boyfriend posted this photo of themselves returning from early voting to encourage their friends to do the same. (Provided)

Voters in the District of Columbia headed to the polls this past Tuesday to conclude the presidential primary season and determine how the last 45 delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be allotted. With the final primary playing a mostly ceremonial role in the nominee selection process, there is a sense that D.C. is… Read More

Israel Takes Anti-Boycott Fight to Halls of UN

The United Nations hosted an anti-BDS summit at its New York City headquarters, May 31, 2016. (Shahar Azran)

It was an incongruous sight: The U.N. General Assembly hall filled to capacity with 1,500 cheering people waving miniature Israeli flags and singing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem. No, hell hadn’t frozen over. The occasion was a one-day conference hosted by Israel’s U.N. mission devoted to fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the Jewish… Read More

Rice, Mayors Highlight AJC Global Forum

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More than 2,700 Jews from 70 countries packed the Washington Hilton earlier this week for the American Jewish Committee’s annual Global Forum, which brings together leaders from around the world to discuss major issues of concern for the Jewish community. Highlighting the three-day conference was a “world leader’s plenary” session on Monday night that featured… Read More

Painting by Numbers: 32B, 34C, 36D

Betsy Rascoe (left), who modeled to support a friend, asked artist Sandie Heiss for something “whimsical, happy.” (Toby Tabachnick)

At first, most were shy that afternoon last September, modestly folding their arms over their bare breasts. But it wasn’t long before the 23 women who volunteered to have their chests painted to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer abandoned their inhibitions and joined together in what many described as an “empowering” experience. Organized… Read More

Anthony Weiner Lets It All Hang Out in New Documentary

Anthony Weiner's surprising and scandal-ridden New York City mayoral campaign is the subject of a new documentary film. The campaign was designed to be redemptive but instead was plagued by another sexting scandal. (Photos Courtesy of Sundance Selects)

It’s just before Rosh Hashanah in 2013, and New York City’s mayoral campaign is heating up. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who in a surprise move had thrown his hat in the ring a few months earlier, is doing one of those obligatory photo ops at a Jewish bakery in Brooklyn. All is going well…. Read More

Modern Orthodox Dating Gets a Close-Up in New Web Series

Leah Gottfried in a scene from the first episode of "Soon By You," a Web series she created and directs. (Dignity Entertainment)

NEW YORK — “There’s no such thing as a bad date — there’s just a funny story,” said Jessica Schechter, a 28-year-old modern Orthodox woman who teaches acting in New York City and lives on  Manhattan’s Upper West Side. There’s the guy who took her to the action figure section of a Toys “R” Us… Read More

Sense of Siege in Kiryas Joel Amid FBI Raids, Scrutiny of Yeshivas

Kiryas Joel in Orange County, New York has been the subject of two FBI raids in two months, lending to a sense of siege in the insular community. (Uriel Heilman)

NEW YORK — Even before FBI investigators descended last month on the Satmar Chasidic village of Kiryas Joel, there was a growing sense in this insular community that it and its unique way of life were under attack. Two months earlier, the FBI had been in the village investigating alleged fraud of a government program,… Read More

Pro-Israel Heavyweights Press for Two States

Alan Solow, pictured here with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011, is part of a reinvigorated effort among  Washington decision-makers to advocate for a two-state solution. (Pete Souza/White House)

WASHINGTON — In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders want to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk. Two complementary U.S. and Israeli working papers to be launched next week propose immediate actions Israel can take to… Read More