High Holidays For Millennials, But Far From Shul

Groups improvising content, venues to meet young Jews’ ‘desperate search’ for meaning.

Staff Writer

Jon Leener, an Orthodox rabbinical student, always attended synagogue over the High Holidays, but this year he’ll be hosting services a little closer to home — in his living room.

BASE Hillel’s Jon Leener, left, and Avram Mlotek in Mlotek’s living room. Courtesy of BASE Hillel

AJWS Founder Larry Phillips Dies At 88

He was 'generous materially — and of spirit,' son says.

Editorial Intern

Larry Phillips, co-founder of the American Jewish World Service died on Friday afternoon at the age of 88.

Larry Phillips

Relative Quiet Returns To Temple Mount Following 3 Days Of Violence


Jerusalem — Relative quiet returned to the Temple Mount following three days of violence and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters.

Israeli police blocking Palestinian worshippers and protesters in the Old City of Jerusalem during riots. JTA

N.Y. Times Public Editor: Iran Deal Graphic ‘Inappropriate’


The New York Times’ public editor called a graphic about the Iran nuclear deal that singled out Jewish lawmakers “insensitive and inappropriate.”

Margret Sullivan addressed the issue Friday in her column a day after the graphic titled “Lawmakers against the Iran deal” was posted online and published in the newspaper.

Did Israel Actually Win On Iran Nuke Deal?

Reading the tealeaves as a Congressional vote to approve the agreement nears.

Staff Writer

Israel may have won after all.

On the heels of the expected Congressional approval of the Iran nuclear agreement that was fiercely fought by much of the organized Jewish community here, some observers argue that Israel and its supporters earned a different kind of victory.

A protester on Sept. 3 in Davie, Fla., during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to meet with the Jewish community. Getty Images

AJC Shows U.S. Jews Split On Iran Deal, Back Clinton More Than Other Candidates


WASHINGTON (JTA) — An American Jewish Committee poll found U.S. Jews virtually split on the Iran nuclear deal and showed Hillary Rodham Clinton well ahead of the pack among preferred presidential candidates.

Hillary Clinton

Will Obama, Netanyahu Reconcile Next Year?

In light of the spirit of the High Holidays, advice on a way forward.


Washington — Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum. Getty Images

Balancing Tourism And Memory At Auschwitz

Controversy of ‘misting showers’ highlights a challenge for the memorial and museum.


Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job.

Visitors to Auschwitz use misting showers last week during an extreme heatwave. Youtube

J Street U’s New Muslim Head Says She’s ‘Culturally Jewish’

Amna Farooqi facing heat in unique role at liberal lobby’s campus arm.

Washington Jewish Week

Potomac, Md. — J Street U’s new president, Amna Farooqi, has made no secret of being a “Pakistani American Muslim.”

Amna Farooqi speaking last March at J Street's national conference. Couresy of J Street
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