Sophie Masloff, Pittsburgh’s First Jewish Mayor, Dies At 96

08/18/2014 - 20:00

Sophie Masloff, the first Jewish mayor of Pittsburgh as well as the first female to lead the city, has died.

Al-Qaida Threat: U.S. Must Act Or Warren Weinstein Will Die

08/17/2014 - 20:00

Al-Qaida called on the family of captive U.S. government contractor Warren Weinstein to pressure the U.S. government to negotiate his release or risk his “dying a lonely death.”

Extreme Parenting, Jewish Style

From 'eco-kashrut' to the withholding of breakfast, two Jewish families' parenting styles make for juicy reality TV fodder.

08/17/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Molly Goldberg they ain’t.

Meet the eco-kosher Adlers, of Westchester. Via

For ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender, NBA breakthrough for women a show of respect

08/14/2014 - 20:00

As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first U.S. professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role.

So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a point guard with the WNBA’s Stars of the Texas city, as a paid assistant coach – a first in NBA history.

Donna Orender says she was “always waiting” for a woman to be hired for a prominent role in the NBA.

What Was Jewish About Lauren Bacall?

For one thing, the former Betty Joan Perske dated Issur Danielovitch, who became Kirk Douglas.

08/12/2014 - 20:00
Calendar Editor

1. She dated Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, when she was about 15, and she also helped him in his career.

Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske. Wikimedia Commons

Robin Williams, ‘Honorary Jew’

Jews are among the many mourners of 'Genie,' 'Mrs. Doubtfire' and 'John Keating.'

08/11/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

No, Robin Williams wasn’t a Member of the Tribe. His original name wasn’t Wilamovich.

But many American Jews assumed that he was a Jew.

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died yesterday by apparent suicide. He was 63. Getty Images.

Hawaii’s Jewish Senator In Limbo

08/11/2014 - 20:00

Saturday night was arguably the biggest night in Brian Schatz’s political career, as the results of Hawaii’s Democratic primary would determine whether he would remain Hawaii’s senior United States senator, or whether he would go down in defeat after less than two years in office. (In overwhelmingly Democratic Hawaii, the general election is expected to be little more than a formality.) Win or lose, he would know his future.

Funeral Held In Miami For Murdered Rabbi Raksin

08/10/2014 - 20:00

Hundreds attended the funeral in Miami for Rabbi Joseph Raksin, an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who was shot and killed on his way to Sabbath services in North Miami Beach.

Celebs Mix It Up Over Gaza

Bold-faced names squabble over war in tweets and rants.

08/05/2014 - 20:00

Los Angeles — What do Madonna, Javier Bardem and Rihanna have in common?

Aside from talent and many millions of dollars, they’ve all waded into the maelstrom of public debate over the Gaza conflict—and then had to extricate themselves when the going got tough.

Selena Gomez. Getty Images

U.S. Sells Munitions To Israel From Its Surplus Stockpile

07/30/2014 - 20:00

Washington — The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile.

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