01/20/2015 - 19:00 | | Lens

When can beauty pageants turn ugly? When Middle East politics get involved.

A selfie featuring Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon smiling side by side ignited a raging debate between Israel and much of the Arab world over the weekend.

01/12/2015 - 19:00 | | Staff Writer | Lens

An early winter cold snap that struck much of the Middle East last week left most of Israel shivering. The snow across the length and breadth of the Jewish state closed schools and major roads, knocked down power lines, and sent Israelis scurrying for electric heaters and rarely needed cold weather clothing.

01/06/2015 - 19:00 | Lens

A  group of 60 members of Central Synagogue in Manhattan, including the Reform congregation’s senior rabbi, Angela Buchdahl, and its assistant rabbi, Ari Lorge, visited Pantry Packers, a food packaging facility in Jerusalem, part of the Colel Chabad network of services for Israel’s poor and needy.

12/29/2014 - 19:00 | | Staff Writer | Lens

The streets of France are becoming increasingly unsafe for Jews, and some French Jews took to the streets one recent day in protest.

12/23/2014 - 19:00 | | Staff Writer | Lens

An anniversary marking an act of extraordinary horror in India was observed recently with ordinary kindness.

12/15/2014 - 19:00 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Chanukah, which began at sundown on Dec. 16, is considered a minor holiday in Judaism, but Israelis have adopted several traditions to make sure it is observed.