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9 Druze-Israelis Arrested In Ambulance Attacks

06/24/2015

Jerusalem — Nine Druze-Israelis were arrested in two attacks on ambulances carrying wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals, including one that left a Syrian dead.

Michael Douglas Salutes Son, Dad At Genesis Award

06/24/2015

Actor Michael Douglas credited his son and celebrity father for helping him reconnect to Judaism as he accepted the Genesis Prize, “the Jewish Nobel,” in Jerusalem.

Michael Douglas accepts the Genesis Prize in Jerusalem. JTA

Honeymoon Israel Launches In NYC

06/24/2015
Staff Writer

Growing up as a Southern Baptist in the Deep South, Mary Davis never dreamed she’s spend her honeymoon in Israel, let alone as a Jew.

French Jews Still In ‘Wait-And-See Mode’

Six months after attack on kosher market, ex-pats here say little has changed back home.

06/24/2015
Staff Writer

Most of the Parisian Jews who had considered making aliyah before a fatal terrorist attack on the city’s Hyper Cacher supermarket six months ago still think about moving to Israel, but few have taken the step, said a Manhattan expatriate who returned earlier this month from a visit to relatives in France.

Upper West Sider Stella Amar-Cohen says people there “are not talking about leaving right away.”

Tightened Security In Wake Of Massacre

In Charleston, synagogues assess threat while finding ways to stand up to hate.

06/24/2015
Staff Writer

Security has been heightened at synagogues in Charleston, S.C., following the church massacre last week of nine black parishioners by a suspected white supremacist whose website was filled with hatred for both blacks and Jews.

In a show of unity in the wake of the Emanuel AME killings. Getty Images

A Pop-up World’s Fair Of Jewish Culture

Taking in a sampling of shows at KulturfestNYC, which drew some 50,000 people.

06/23/2015
Culture Editor

Watching a concert of Yiddish music in Central Park last week was a bit like playing an old-fashioned game of Telephone. My Yiddish-speaking husband would translate a refrain, whisper it to me, and then I’d lean over to try to explain the meaning to the opera singer from Ukraine who happened to be sitting next to me, along with another Ukrainian who understood some of the lyrics, as he spoke German. He’d then pass the sentence along to an American friend.

The “Yiddish Soul” concert at Central Park’s Summer Stage featured cantorial and chasidic music. Courtesy of Kulturfest

3 Staten Island Teens Charged With Anti-Semitic Crimes

Rock-throwing incident part of increase in borough’s anti-Jewish offenses over the past year.

06/23/2015
Staff Writer

New York City police charged three youths with throwing a rock at a kipa-wearing Jewish man and threatening him on Staten Island on Sunday.

Recovering, But ‘Really Scared’

Sustaining heavy damage in May flooding, Houston’s Jewish community unscathed in last week’s tropical storm.

06/23/2015
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Houston, which was at the center of a downpour that flooded a large part of the city in late May, escaped further damage during a tropical storm that brought fears of a stalled rebuilding-and-repair effort last week. But predictions of further flooding upset many already nervous residents, who were taking part in the renovation of their homes and community institutions, according to communal leaders.

Recent flooding in Houston left several feet of water in the sanctuary of United Orthodox Synagogues. After cleanup, the congreg

A Pop-up World’s Fair Of Jewish Culture

Taking in a sampling of shows at KulturfestNYC, which drew some 50,000 people.

06/23/2015
Culture Editor

Watching a concert of Yiddish music in Central Park last week was a bit like playing an old-fashioned game of Telephone. My Yiddish-speaking husband would translate a refrain, whisper it to me, and then I’d lean over to try to explain the meaning to the opera singer from Ukraine who happened to be sitting next to me, along with another Ukrainian who understood some of the lyrics, as he spoke German. He’d then pass the sentence along to an American friend.

From Kulturfest concert in Central Park. Courtesy of Kulturfest

German Court Cancels Trial For Auschwitz Medic, 94

06/23/2015

Berlin – A German court will not put on trial a 94-year-old man who was charged as an accomplice in thousands of murders at Auschwitz,  saying he was mentally unfit to stand trial.

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