Israeli intelligence: Syria used chemical weapons

JTA Wire Service Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians, the head of Israel’s military research said. The weapon likely is sarin-based, which targets the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death, Brig. Gen Itai Baron, the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Research Branch, said Tuesday.

Brewing Up A New Connection To Lag BaOmer

Sit back by the bonfire and pop open a brewski, it’s Lag BaOmer. Since we have been counting the Omer — a biblical measure of barley that was brought as an offering to the Temple — each evening from the second night of Passover, what better way to mark the coming holiday than by downing… Read More

Turkey’s Jews Worship Quietly

As visitors heave open the thick, vault-like metal door to the Neve Shalom Synagogue on a discreet side street in the Galata neighborhood of European Istanbul, a skittish guard confronts them. Guests are shuttled through secure, windowless rooms to an X-ray mac-hine and metal detector. Pockets are emptied and passports surrendered. The guard questions the… Read More

Jewish leaders express shock and condolences after Boston Marathon attack

JNS.org While the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon continues to unfold, Jewish leaders in Boston and Israel have expressed shock and sympathy for the victims. Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), told JNS.org, “I’m very shocked; it’s a horrible moment for our community. It’s a… Read More

Boston Marathon bombings: Jewish runner recounts ‘gruesome day’

Bob Jacob Cleveland Jewish News/JNS.org Kevin Goodman’s second Boston Marathon will be one he will never forget. That’s because just about 60 minutes after he concluded the race, two explosions rocked the finish line. “It’s a gruesome day,” Goodman, who lives in Cleveland, told the Cleveland Jewish News from the Fairmont Copley Hotel, where he… Read More

Holocaust museum honors survivors and veterans at 20th anniversary

Standing together and ignoring the rainy, chilly weather of an April morning in 1993, recently inaugurated President Bill Clinton joined Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel to officially open the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Fittingly, rain fell again on Monday when the two joined more than 800 Holocaust survivors, nearly 150… Read More

Anti-Defamation League Celebrates 100 Years With Three-Day Conference

The Anti-Defamation League celebrated its 100th birthday by staging a three-day conference on anti-Semitism in America and abroad and on the need to combat all forms of terrorism and hate crimes. “We delude ourselves if we believe that the dark forces have been conquered,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as he addressed a crowd… Read More

UPDATE: Caring Bridge Page Launched For Updates About Biker Mel Pachino

In an email today from Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, it was stated that, “the next few days are very critical for Mel Pachino.” The community is invited to join Suburban at 7:40 p.m. for a recitation of Psalms, followed by Mincha at 7:50 p.m.  The goal is to complete the entire Sefer Tehillim daily. Please click on the linkand… Read More