Sharansky To Reveal Full Western Wall Plan In Two Weeks

 Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is expected to release his full plan for a compromise among religious groups at the Western Wall in two weeks. Sharansky, according to Haaretz, aims to release the plan before the end of August. Upon announcing the release plans, he said “if we have an agreement on a solution for… Read More

Group Tied To Al-Qaida Says It Fired On Eilat

An airplane of the Arkia airline takes off from the airport in the Southern Israeli city of Eilat. 
Photo credit: Moshe Shai/FLASH90

A jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on Eilat. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rocket fired early Tuesday morning by the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, which operates in Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, from the Sinai near the Israel border. The Iron Dome battery… Read More

A Kidney For Harry

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Three-and-a-half years ago, all was right in the world with Harry Burstyn. He had a good job, a great wife and two children. Then he thought he had kidney stones. There were complications, and he now finds himself, at 49, in kidney failure, receiving four to five hours of dialysis three days a week and… Read More

Levitt, Area Sex Offender, Changes Addresses

Stanley Levitt, who was convicted of molesting three Boston-area boys in the 1970s, has changed his Baltimore address. According to VINE, a service that keeps track of criminal proceedings, protective orders and more for victims, Levitt’s new address is 3709 Glen Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. Nancy Aiken, director of CHANA (Counseling, Helping & Aid Network… Read More

Hitler Wines Spark Outcry From Tourists

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An Italian winery selling a line of Nazi and fascist wines has outraged both tourists and Jewish human rights organizations. Under the label known as the Historical Line, the winemaker Vini Lunardelli’s series celebrates the lives of such personalities in world political history including Che Guevara, Churchill, Napoleon, Marx, Mussolini, and Hitler. The Hitler label… Read More

University Of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation Launch Pioneering ‘American Jewish Studies’ Program

Amos Shapira, president of the University of Haifa, speaks at the university's 41st Board of Governors meeting in June 2013. Shapira says the new Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa "will create a new generation of educated and engaged citizens who share a deeper understanding of the American relationship." 
Photo credit: University of Haifa Communications and Media Relations.

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, and others. “What’s happening in the American Jewish community?” and how those events impact future support for… Read More

Despite Netanyahu’s Pleas, Top House Dems Open To Testing Iran’s New Leader

In increasingly strident tones, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling his American friends that the purported moderation of Iran’s new president is a ploy aimed at relieving international pressure and buying the Islamic Republic more time to cross the nuclear threshold. But in ways both subtle and direct, some of those friends —… Read More

Record Summer of North American Olim Volunteering to Enlist in IDF

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This summer’s second charter Aliyah flight from the USA took off today, Monday, August 12th, bringing some 331 new Olim to Israel – including 125 young men and women who will be joining the IDF. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel,… Read More

Jewish Federations Participate in Peace Process Briefing at the White House

The Jewish Federations were invited to participate in a small gathering of top Jewish communal leaders at the White House on August 8. At the meeting, the group was briefed for approximately 90 minutes by Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Special Envoy Martin Indyk on the status of resumed… Read More

Arab Idol’s Residency Is More Than Just An Address

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians… Read More