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


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

Beyer Bill Opposes Religious Litmus Tests for Immigrants


Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced a bill last week that would ban the use of religious litmus tests as a means of denying admission to immigrants, refugees and international visitors coming to the United States. Beyer said he acted in response to “political rhetoric vilifying select religious groups and increasingly hostile rhetoric toward religious freedom… Read More

How the 2016 Election Is Upending Pro-Israel Orthodoxies


WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned upside… Read More

Sympathy for Palestinians Up Sharply

An Israeli border policeman speaks to a Palestinian man next to a stabbing scene in Jerusalem’s Old City in Oct. 2015. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Democrats are more than four times as likely as Republicans to say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, according to a Pew Research Center survey published last week, and sympathy for the Palestinians among Americans overall is growing. Sympathy for the Palestinians is up most sharply among the youngest… Read More