Collective Anguish

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Members of the Jewish community in Baltimore and around the Jewish world expressed anger and sadness in response to the news that the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, three Israeli teenagers kidnapped on June 12 while hitchhiking near Hebron, were discovered Monday by the Israel Defense Forces. The Israeli government identified… Read More

A Divided House

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HERZLIYA, Israel — Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Livni don’t agree on much. Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, sees the West Bank as an inseparable part of the Jewish state and wants Israel to annex its settlements there. Livni, the justice minister, says Israel can remain a Jewish democracy only by evacuating settlements. But on one thing… Read More

Classroom Controversy

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An anti-Israel text that school officials and some Jewish organizations say was removed from a Boston suburb’s public school curriculum during the 2011-12 academic year was being distributed to students longer than the aforementioned parties let on, new research shows. Furthermore, references to the controversial text remain on a website that is routinely visited by… Read More

A Sobering Experience

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TEL AVIV — It’s midnight here and two balding men in blue vests are on the move. Someone has sprayed tear gas at a club two blocks away. Outside a club known as The Mossad, located in a warehouse in the dilapidated Tel Aviv neighborhood of Florentin, groups of high school students mill about sporting… Read More

Israel needs security fence along Jordan border, Netanyahu says

In light of recent changes in the Middle East, Israel needs to construct a security fence along the length of its border with Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said that in any future peace deal with the Palestinians, the Israel… Read More

U.K. Jewish group forming new pro-Israel Christian group

The Jewish Leadership Council, an umbrella group of several major British Jewish organizations, has announced that it is helping to form a new pro-Israel British Christian organization in order to give a “voice to Christian unity in support of Israel.” Dubbed the United Christian Alliance for Israel, the new organization will be formed from “Bible-focused… Read More

Brussels Jewish museum shooter to be extradited to Belgium

A French court has ordered that Mehdi Nemmouche — the suspected shooter at the Brussels Jewish museum last month — be extradited to Belgium, where he would be tried on murder charges, the BBC reported. The May 24 shooting left four victims dead, including an Israeli couple. According to French authorities, the 29-year-old French-Algerian terrorism… Read More

Four Questions for Jeffrey Rosen

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Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was… Read More

Winning Shot

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LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the… Read More

Mentor, Teacher, Camp Director, Husband, Father

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The phrase “gone but not forgotten” may seem trite in describing the death of a person who left a major mark on the world, but one look at the numerous online tributes to Ed Cohen proves how appropriate the sentiment is. “Every word of it is true,” said Mike Schneider, former Camps Airy & Louise… Read More