At $153.4M, NY Federation Campaign Grows For 4th Consecutive Year

07/25/2016 - 11:12

At a time when many Jewish federations are reporting flat or declining fundraising, North America’s largest Jewish philanthropy said its annual campaign revenue has increased for the fourth consecutive year.


Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Kicks Off Under Heavy Security

07/25/2016 - 11:04

Jerusalem — Amid increased security in the wake of last year’s deadly stabbing spree, Jerusalem’s 15th annual gay pride parade kicked off Thursday with an estimated 10,000 marchers, double the number that marched a year ago.

Thousands of people marching at the annual Gay Pride parade in central Jerusalem, July 21, 2016. JTA

A 12-Year-Old Ballplayer Always Walks On Shabbat, So His Teammates Pitch In

07/25/2016 - 10:52

Jacob Steinmetz delivers the game’s final pitch on a heavenly Tuesday night, producing a neatly turned double play to wrap up a 10-0 victory for the Brooklyn Bluestorm team of 12-year-olds.

Jacob Steinmetz, back row, second from right, and his Brooklyn Bluestorm teammates are headed to the Elite World Series. JTA


Covering the stories, the speeches and the reactions, live throughout the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

07/24/2016 - 09:34

- The theme for the first day is "United Together"
- Speakers tonight include Senator Bernie Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama
- Opinion polls currently suggest a close race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
- Get in touch and let us know your thoughts, either via Twitter (@TheSaharZ) or via email (



Preparations for the DNC, which kicks off today. Getty.

Donald Trump Paints Dark Picture In Pledging To Put ‘America First’

While accepting Republican nomination, he also vowed to work with Israel, attacked Iran nuclear deal and called NATO 'obsolete.'

07/22/2016 - 13:35

Cleveland — Accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump pledged to restore law and order to America, to put “America first” in world affairs, and to work with Israel — which he called “our greatest ally in the region.”

Donald Trump speaking last night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Alex Wong/Getty Images

NY Yeshiva Blasts Top Rabbi For Slurs Against LGBT, Reform Jews

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah posts rebuke after IDF-affiliated rabbi calls gay Jews ‘perverts' and Reform Jews ‘Christian.'

07/21/2016 - 18:05
Editorial Intern

As 25,000 people march through the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate LGBT pride, Israeli rabbis, institutions and politicians are trading barbs over inflammatory comments made by the head of a pre-military yeshiva in the West Bank. And a New York Orthodox yeshiva is now joining the fray.

Israelis take part in the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, as NY Yeshiva Condemns anti-LGBT rabbi. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

Nazi Salute? Twitter Explodes After Questionable Gesture At RNC

Did Laura Ingraham end her speech with a Nazi Salute? We collected the best Twitter responses to the frightening image.

07/21/2016 - 10:44
Editorial Intern

As conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham ended her speech Wednesday night on the penultimate eve of the Republican National Convention, she motioned to the crowd. That wave began in a manner that was eerily reminiscent to the Nazi salute, or “heil.” Given Trump’s popularity amongst white supremacists and nazi sympathizers, the salute was especially alarming.

Laura Ingraham delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Controversy, Concern As Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Nears

Jerusalem mayor backs out in deference to ultra-Orthodox; police arrest brother of man who stabbed 16-year-old girl at last year’s march.

07/20/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

Just 24 hours before the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, mayor Nir Barkat announced that he would not be attending.

Israelis take part in a memorial rally in to protest the stabbing attack at last year's Jerusalem Pride Parade. Getty Images

Interfaith Couple Weds Aboard Staten Island Ferry

07/20/2016 - 12:08

While some interfaith couples squabble over whether to have the wedding in a church or synagogue, Bethany Hall and Keith Haskel found an innovative solution: aboard the Staten Island ferry.

Wedding on the Staten Island Ferry.

A Third Israeli In The NBA?

Israeli basketball player Shawn Dawson hopes to land on an NBA roster this fall.

07/20/2016 - 00:32
Editorial Intern

Omri Casspi, a 6-foot-9 forward from Holon, broke the mold in 2009 when he became the first Israeli ever to play in the NBA; he was picked in the first round of the draft by the Sacramento Kings. Four years later, point guard Gal Mekel from Ramat HaSharon became the second after signing with the Dallas Mavericks. And as the NBA becomes increasingly international — with star players from Latvia to Sudan to New Zealand — will Shawn Dawson be No. 3?

Shawn Dawson, left, in Washington Wizards summer league game. Courtesy Hazan Sports Management
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