Muslims Look to Jewish Example in Campaigning for School Days Off

Above: Students at a Muslim  elementary school in Morton Grove, Ill., pray in the school gymnasium. (Students: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, N.J., to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. The daughter of a Sephardic Jewish mother and Catholic father, Abdelnabbi-Berrocal never had any trouble celebrating the holidays of both religions as a public school student… Read More

Trump, Clinton Talk Tough on Iran Following Controversial Report

Hundreds of demonstrators in Los Angeles protest the Iran  nuclear deal in July 2015. (Peter Duke)

WASHINGTON — The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report alleging that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement. The Institute for Science and International Affairs, a think tank founded by a former United Nations nuclear weapons inspector, David Albright, said in a report released this week… Read More

What Would Heschel Say About Black Lives Matter?


When the Movement for Black Lives published its platform last month, many Jews were shocked that in addition to its call for the end of systemic racism against African-Americans, the platform demanded an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Support for Israel made the United States complicit in the “genocide” against the Palestinians. Israel, the… Read More

Esther Jungreis Remembered for Outreach Work


Esther Jungreis, an icon of the Orthodox Jewish community in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday in New York at the age of 80. The author of four books on the subject of spirituality, Rebbetzin Jungreis, as she was known, was the founder of Hineni, a New York-based Jewish outreach organization. “I met her… Read More

Ethiopians Press Their Case for Aliyah

Ethiopians Gezahegen Derebe (left) and Demoz Deboch, who have their hopes set on immigrating to Israel, speak in Washington. (photo by Jared Feldschreiber)

Gezahegen Derebe and Demoz Deboch, Ethiopian Jews in their 20s, came to Washington, D.C., earlier this month hoping to press the Israeli  government into action. They are among 9,000 Ethiopian Jews known as Falash Mura who are caught in what the Israeli government says is a budget crunch that is preventing them from making aliyah…. Read More

Protesters Link Justice for Black Americans, Palestinians

IfNotNow protesters hold a large banner with their message in an  attempt to attract the attention of people walking into the building that houses the American Jewish Committee. (Justin Katz)

A group advocating that American Jewry end its support of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank staged a protest of the mainstream Jewish community’s rejection of the Black Lives Matters policy platform in front of a major Jewish organization’s local office. Fifty members of IfNotNow rallied at McPherson Square and headed north, singing “Olam Chesed… Read More

Will Congress Act on Zika?

(Frankel: Courtesy of Facebook;Zika: ©

With the presidential campaign at a post-convention lull and Congress on recess, the country has reached the eye of 2016’s political storm. But with 16  locally contracted cases of the Zika virus reported in the Miami, Fla., neighborhood of Wynwood as of Aug. 8, some wonder if the legislature will act in time to prevent… Read More

BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel


The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More