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Posted: Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:24 | Well Versed

When was the last time you were at a gallery or museum opening where a featured wine was Manishewitz Concord?  Better—when was the last time you were at an opening at the Ukrainian Institute of America of a Jewish-themed exhibition?

Posted: Mon, 03/07/2016 - 17:24 | The New Normal

“Where does he want to go to college?”

That is the question I get when I say my son is a senior in high school. That is also the question he gets.

Posted: Mon, 03/07/2016 - 14:38 | Political Insider

The Israeli government is touting tomorrow's visit by Vice President Joe Biden as an expression of the "strong relations" between the two countries.

This will be Biden's second trip to Israel since 2010 when he was blindsided by the announced of major settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem at a time when the Obama administration was seeking a settlement freeze and trying to revive the peace process.

Posted: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 17:21 | Well Versed

In 1939, when Anna Liana’s father, a linguistics professor, is taken away in the Nazi round-up of intellectuals in Krakow, Poland, the seven-year-old girl, whose mother is dead, finds herself on her own -- until a tall, mysterious stranger notices her plight.  Their story unfolds in Gavriel Savit’s “Anna and the Swallow Man” (Knopf).

Posted: Wed, 03/02/2016 - 20:46 | The New Normal

TEL AVIV (JTA) — After a missile strike during the 1973 Yom Kippur War left Omer Zur’s father paralyzed from the chest down, his dad vowed to continue life as normal. But there was one Israeli pastime he couldn’t enjoy: hiking.

“He’d say, ‘I’ll go in the car and meet you on the other side,’” said Zur, a certified Israeli tour guide. “I said, ‘Why can’t he do this with us?’”

In 2008, Zur decided that he and his wheelchair-user father would complete a 300-mile trek in southern Turkey. With the help of dozens of friends who joined them on segments of the hike, Zur and his father were able to complete the trail, sleep in tents and cook meals over an open fire.

Posted: Wed, 03/02/2016 - 18:28 | Political Insider

With the GOP congressional leadership's "hope and prayer" strategy for dumping Donald Trump having collapsed, they've moved to the public handwringing and clumsy plotting phase.