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
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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
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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

Orthodox Jews Rocking Reality TV

From beatboxers on ‘America’s Got Talent’ to a ninja warrior, to a rapping female duo and a rabbi cooking whiz, frum competitors are making a splash on prime time.

07/06/2016 - 16:28
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Two yeshiva students who met at the Western Wall took their skills to the center stage this week on "America’s Got Talent." Ilan Swartz-Brownstein, a student at Yeshiva University and Josh Leviton, a consultant, shocked viewers with their beatboxing performance.

Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton perform on "America's Got Talent." Screenshot via

Israeli Pol: Mark Zuckerberg Has Terror Victim’s ‘Blood’ On His Hands

07/06/2016 - 12:29

Israel’s minister of public security said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has some of the “blood” of recent Israeli terrorism victims on his hands for allowing Palestinian incitement and hate speech to appear on the social media site.

Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaking Mobile World Congress 2015 at the Fira Gran Via complex in Barcelona. JTA

A Second Chance At Stand-Up

07/05/2016 - 21:43

At the age of 18, George Saltz got the opportunity to do a stand-up gig in the Catskills, but he forgot his routine and felt like a loser. Some 63 years later, Saltz took the stage again — and walked away the winner.

Contest winner George Saltz, left, with Rina Blech, Geoff Kole and honorable mentions Jane Schapiro and Paul Oberman.
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