Buyer Of Israeli Olympian’s Charity Name Patch Is LA Philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz

09/07/2016 - 10:00

(JTA) — Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles businessman, has been identified as the person who bought the Olympic name patch of Israeli bronze medalist judoka Yarden Gerbi.

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan in the women’s bronze medal bout. JTA

Land Of Milk And Cannabis

History of government-sanctioned medical marijuana research makes Israel the Promised Land for a growing industry.

09/07/2016 - 09:11
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — When Yossi Feuchtwanger, 68, needs to refill the medication that controls his severe neurological pain, he heads to the Tel Aviv-based medical marijuana distribution center run by Tikun Olam, the Israeli company that produces and sells several strains of medical cannabis.

A cannabis accessory shop next to the medical cannabis distribution center run by the Tikun Olam company. Michele Chabin/JW

German Judge On Hot Seat For Helping Survivors?

09/07/2016 - 09:09



Hero to Holocaust survivors or a judge overstepping his bounds and meddling in politics?

A German judge could lose his job at a disciplinary hearing Tuesday for going out of his way to help Holocaust survivors receive the monthly German pensions they deserve.

Jewish leaders rally behind German Judge Jan-Robert von Renesse.

A Lot Less Silver For Lower East Side

09/07/2016 - 09:00

Talk about a power vacuum.

“It’s difficult to know what’s going on in that race even for those who live there and observe it,” said Doug Muzzio, a professor of political affairs at Baruch College.

Race for seat one held by Shelly Silver, above, appears wide open.. GETTY IMAGES

Ken Burns Trains Camera On Holocaust Heroism

Documentarian helps tell little-known story of Unitarian couple who risked their own lives to save others.

09/07/2016 - 08:52
Staff Writer

Ken Burns’ elegantly paced and photographed documentaries have sketched the contours of the American soul: the freedom/slavery contradiction of Thomas Jefferson; the North/South divide in the Civil War; the individual/collective tension that animates jazz; and the pastoral/urban drama of baseball.

Ken Burns, right, and co-director and producer Artemis Joukowsky discuss the new documentary recently in Los Angeles.

Push For Synagogues To Focus On Mental Illness

As shuls increasingly embrace diversity, psychiatric disorders have become the next barrier to overcome.

09/07/2016 - 08:44
Deputy Managing Editor

Late last month, Joanne Harpel and Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman met in a restaurant to celebrate what would have been their brother Stephen’s 50th birthday. They’ve been holding the annual ritual with several of their brother’s friends since 1993, when Stephen committed suicide at the age of 26.

Social workers at B’nai Jeshurun, one of the shuls where The Jewish Board has placed therapists. Kate Lord/The Jewish Board

‘Shock’ Over Ruling In PA Terror Case

Overturning of $655 million judgment seen as major setback; appeal to Supreme Court possible.

09/06/2016 - 18:30
Staff Writer

Attorneys called last week’s reversal of the historic $655.5 million verdict against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization “a cruel decision” that will impede, but not end, their pursuit of justice against the suicide bombers and gunmen who killed their loved ones in Israel. 

Young Jewish settlers light candles for 14-year-old Keren Shatsky at the site where she was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomb

Israeli-born Athlete Among Largest-Ever U.S. Paralympic Delegation

Russia has been banned from the games, but for the first time, there will be a refugee team taking part

09/06/2016 - 17:15
Editorial Intern

The United States has sent its largest ever delegation to the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio, with 289 athletes set to take part. Among the U.S. athletes is 37-year-old Noga Nir-Kistler, an Israeli-born swimmer competing in her third Paralympic Games. In the 2008 Beijing Olympicsshe competed in table tennis, before switching to swimming in 2010 and going on to win a bronze medal two years later in London.

Nonga Nir-Kistler hugs Germany's Kirsten Braun after the pair both medaled in the 2012 Paralympics. Paralymic Games via youtube

Interpreting 9/11 Through A Jewish Lens

Two artists in inaugural special exhibit at ground zero museum take cues from tradition.

09/06/2016 - 16:46
Editorial Intern

In the aftermath of the collapse of the Twin Towers, Donna Levinstone, a New York-based artist and teacher at the National Council of Jewish Women, took a hiatus from her work for three months, describing herself as “too upset” to concentrate on her art.

The entrance to the “Rendering the Unthinkable” show at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Getty Images

Donald Trump Backers Launch West Bank Ground Campaign

09/06/2016 - 11:10

KARNEI SHOMRON, West Bank — Republican backers of Donald Trump opened a campaign office here Monday in what they said was a first on behalf of an American presidential candidate.

From left, Yossi Dagan, Mark Zell and Abe Katzman celebrating the opening of the Republicans Overseas Israel office. JTA
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