Israel’s Cabinet Approves $1.5 Million In Aid For Kiryat Arba Settlement

07/11/2016 - 12:41

Jerusalem — Israel’s Cabinet voted to approve a $1.5 million aid package for the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba in the aftermath of three attacks in the area that left two dead and one injured.

Rina Ariel mourning over the body of her 13-year-old daughter Hallel, who was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian attacker. JTA

Western Wall Egalitarian Prayer Activists Say They Will Go To Supreme Court

07/11/2016 - 12:36

Jerusalem — The negotiating team supporting the implementation of the agreement to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall said it was planning to initiate legal action in Israel’s Supreme Court.

Conservative and Reform Jewish activists taking part in an egalitarian prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza, June 16. JTA

Abner Mikva, Liberal Judge And Lawmaker Who Mentored Obama, Dies at 90

07/11/2016 - 11:25
Staff Writer

Abner Mikva, a liberal Democratic legislator from Chicago who served in prominent positions in the three branches of government and mentored a young Barack Obama, helping to introduce the future president to leaders of the Jewish community, died July 4 of bladder cancer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was 90.

President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to former U.S. representative Abner Mikva in 2014. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In What Could Be A First, Orthodox Synagogue Elects All-Female Board

07/11/2016 - 11:14

An  Ohio congregation has become what is perhaps the first Orthodox synagogue to elect an all-female slate of officers.

The Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue in Lyndhurst, Ohio, the first Orthodox synagogue to elect an all-female slate of officers.

Chabad Of Great Neck Marks Silver Anniversary With New Building

Landmark event marks growth from “two-desk” office to two-building Jewish center.

07/08/2016 - 16:57
Editorial Intern

With a lavish dinner and exuberant ribbon cutting, Chabad of Great Neck recently celebrated two milestones: the anniversary of its 25-year presence in Nassau County, and the opening of its new 23,500 square-foot building.

The evening included a performance from the popular Israeli singer Gad Elbaz, and singing and dancing in the packed banquet hall lasted long into the night.

Cutting the ribbon on Chabad of Great Neck's new building. Jeremy Uliss/JW

5 Cops Killed At Dallas Rally Against Alleged Police Brutality

Jewish groups join national outcry against the attacks.

07/08/2016 - 11:40

Five officers were shot dead in Dallas at a protest against police violence.

A man holds a sign reading during a vigil for the murdered police officers in Dallas on July 8.  Laura Buckman/Getty Images

Ultra-Orthodox Man Caught with 13,000 Ecstasy Pills, Two Others Arrested

Classmates of those arrested described them as "definitely not the brightest sparks in the Yeshiva."

07/07/2016 - 18:12
Editorial Intern

A 25-year-old man from Netanya has been arrested at Ben Gurion airport on suspicion of attempting to smuggle drugs into Israel after a joint operation between the police and customs authorities. 

Ben Gurion airport, where one of the three was arrested. Jotpe, Wikimedia Commons

Netanyahu Makes Landmark Visit To Ethiopia

07/07/2016 - 15:34

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to visit Ethiopia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with religious leaders of the Ethiopian Jewish community. Getty Images

Brooklyn Pool Can Keep Women-Only Swim Times

07/07/2016 - 14:09

Women-only swimming hours will be allowed to continue at a public pool in a heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Metropolitan Recreation Center in Williamsburg

Kushner Defends Trump As ‘Not An Anti-Semite’

After letter calling a campaign tweet anti-Semitic goes viral, political observers debate whether candidates are responsible for what supporters say.

07/07/2016 - 13:48
Editorial Intern

One day after a writer for a newspaper owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, called out Trump campaign, Kushner responded. In an online letter that went viral, writer Dana Schwartz blasted Kushner for standing by Trump after the Republican candidate’s campaign issued a tweet that Schwartz and others found to be anti-Semitic. What began as a four worded tweet culminated in a 1300 word reply from Kushner posted yesterday on the online site of the Observer, a weekly New York newspaper. Kushner began succinctly;

Donald Trump is joined on stage by his wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Getty Images
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