Jewish Culture

Many ‘Sephardic’ Jews Aren’t Actually Sephardic

During my childhood in the 1960s and 70s in the USSR, the only books published about Jews were ideological works that criticized Zionism, Israel and …

History

Israeli medics develop miracle MS treatment for 'patient 31' Mark Lewis

A prominent Jewish lawyer has taken part in a ground-breaking clinical trial at Israel’s Hadassah hospital that offers treatment which could finally …

Medicine

Tzipi Hotovely apologizes for statements about American Jewry

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely at a Foreign Affairs and Security Committee meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, July 21, …

Israel

Theatre review: Everybody's Talking About Jamie

If you crossed the musicals <i>Kinky Boots</i> and <i>Billy Elliot</i> you would probably end up with <i>Everybody’s Talking About Jamie</i>. It’s set in Yorkshire; at the …

Boots

U.S. Amb. David Friedman drops out of Ezra Schwartz memorial ceremony at West Bank outpost

Ezra Schwartz (Twitter)<p>JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman cancelled his participation in a memorial ceremony for Ezra …

Israel

Get denial is a form of domestic abuse and it needs to stop

This Shabbat, in conjunction with Jewish Women's Aid (JWA) and the Board of Deputies, we mark IDEVAW, the International Day for the Elimination of …

Progressive Jews urge Netanyahu to fire deputy for 'offensive comments' against U.S. Jews

Israeli religious and political figures with close ties to the progressive Jewish community in the United States responded to Deputy Foreign Minister …

Israel

Wiley’s mum’s choice as manager

I arrive at the Primrose Hill offices of music manager John Woolf’s A-List Management in good time for our four o’clock interview.<p>Woolf, the …

Yom Kippur

Richard Blumenthal Attacks Uber For Hacking Breach And Cover-Up

Calling the move “inexplicable,” Connecticut Democratic senator Richard Blumenthal lashed out at ride sharing giant Uber’s decision to pay off …

Richard Blumenthal

What Are You Thankful For?

When I came downstairs yesterday, the dry erase board on the refrigerator had been changed to read, “50 Days Til Julian’s Bar Mitzvah.” He saw me …

Autism

Post modern - party invitations get digital

Invitations set the tone for your event. Formal or funky? Black tie or lounge suit? And of course they provide the when and where. And there is one …

We must ‘wipe out’ domestic violence, says Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said it is the community’s duty to “wipe out” every trace of domestic violence from Jewish homes.<p>Speaking at the …

Extremism

Board says press watchdog’s code of conduct is ‘unfit for purpose’ after Sun complaint is rejected

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has rejected a complaint by the Board of Deputies over an article in the <i>Sun</i> which referred to “the …

Censorship

No Jews in Moscow

So how did they live, so many years ago, before electricity, telephones, or modern transportation?<p>In 1856, L.M. Rothschild visits Russia on a …

Russia

Teenage boys to face court over alleged hate crime against Jewish family

Two teenage boys will appear in court in connection with a hate crime reported against a Jewish family on a Kent beach in May.<p>The <i>JC</i> reported earlier …

Crime

Labour suspends Ivan Lewis over sex harassment claims

Jewish MP Ivan Lewis has been suspended by the Labour party after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.<p>The announcement came a week …

Labour Party

Former Spanish AG accuses Israel, Argentine Jews of killing his sucessor

BUENO AIRES (JTA) – A former Spanish government official has accused Israel and Argentine Jewry of being behind the untimely death of Spain’s …

Israel

Texas volunteer collecting dozens of mezuzot for Hurricane Harvey victims

After Hurricane Harvey hit her city earlier this year, Houston resident Chava Gal-Or felt she wasn’t doing enough to help neighbours who’d lost …

Hurricane Harvey

JFS holds inquiry into teacher's anti-Zionist comments in presence of pupils

JFS is conducting an investigation into a politics teacher after he was said to have “strongly defended” Ken Livingstone’s statements on Zionism …

Israel

Why Jews Especially Should Love Thanksgiving

We tend to forget that the pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock were immigrants. And since then America has been a land of arrivals, where peoples of …

Religion

Actually, Steve Bannon Is Not An Anti-Semite. He’s Something Worse.

Last week in The New York Times, columnist Bret Stephens did something brave: He called the Zionist Organization of America’s decision to host Steve …

Steve Bannon

Jewish Push Into Bed-Stuy Sheds Light On Gentrification

A chasidic resident of Williamsburg with a growing family, Shmiel Stern decided to leave the Brooklyn neighborhood where he had grown up.<p>But the …

Staten Island

Meet The First Jewish Contestant For Miss Germany

Jews and Germany, it’s complicated. But that doesn’t faze Tamar Morali, a German-Jewish pageant queen, who sees herself as the first Jewish Miss …

Israel

Argentina’s Jews Pray For Lost Submarine - Still Radio Silence After A Week

(JTA) — Argentina’s chief rabbi held a prayer service for the return of a missing submarine and its crew of 44.<p>The country has been living with …

Buenos Aires

Community Rallies Around Pregnant Orthodox Designer Whose Husband Died Tragically

You may have heard of The Frock before. It’s a modest clothing company run by an extremely stylish duo, Orthodox Jewish designers Chaya Chanin and …

Can we love people who do bad things?

Rabbis Without Borders<p><i>Rabbis Without Borders is a dynamic forum for exploring contemporary issues in the Jewish world and beyond. Written by rabbis</i> …

Sarah Silverman

How Do You Say ‘Wishbone’ in Hebrew?

If an American holiday falls on the Jewish calendar, does it make a sound? That’s a question we American immigrants ask ourselves annually with the …

Thanksgiving

Actress Hedy Lamarr, the Real-life Jewish Wonder Woman Whose Inventions Led to WiFi and GPS

With all due respect, so far as movies are concerned, the Jewish “Wonder Woman” of 2017 is not Gal Gadot but Hedwig Kiesler (1914-2000), born in …

Wonder Woman

Enter To Win ‘Ruth Baby Ginsburg’ Bibs

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, or should be, everyone’s style goals. I don’t care who you are or what you do, but one thing is …

A divorced parents' guide to surviving Thanksgiving without your kids

Thinking about Thanksgiving conjures up some stock images: a big turkey on the table, extra trips to the supermarket, and clinking full glasses with family and friends as children play happily underfoot.<p>For many Americans, though, the picture is an incomplete one. Divorce takes its toll on families …

Parenting