National

Sanders Goes Far Afield For U.S. Poverty Comparison

Why did the Vermont senator invoke the West Bank to make a point about conditions in Baltimore?

04/26/2016 - 12:20

Bernie Sanders, campaigning last weekend in Baltimore ahead of Tuesday’s primary in Maryland, sounded familiar and poignant notes about American poverty, arguing that the United States, the world’s mightiest power, lags behind developing countries on a number of scales.

Bernie Sanders . Getty Images

Maryland’s Wild Primary And Other Snapshots From The ‘Other’ Super Tuesday

04/26/2016 - 13:50
JTA

Maryland goes to the polls Tuesday – one of five states where the two remaining candidates in the Democratic presidential race and the three in the Republican race are facing off.

Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, D-Md., participating in a Democratic forum at the Woodlawn Senior Center. JTA

23 Jewish Activists From Simone Zimmerman’s Anti-Occupation Group Arrested At Passover Protests

04/25/2016 - 12:38

Police arrested 23 activists from an anti-Israeli occupation group at two protests, one at an Anti-Defamation League office and another at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee headquarters.

IfNotNow activists outside AIPAC’s office in Boston. JTA

Ezra Furman — A Gender-Bending, Genre-Crossing, Observant Jewish Rocker — Is The Next Big Thing

04/25/2016 - 12:27
JTA

Ezra Furman is an acclaimed indie rocker who, while hanging on his tour bus, has been known to lay tefillin.

Ezra Furman wraps tefillin and reads Jewish philosophers while on tour. JTA

Shalom, Amigo! New study Sheds Light On Latino Jews In US

04/21/2016 - 12:43
RNS

As a group, Jewish Latinos don’t get much attention — either from Jews or Latinos in the U.S.

Rabbi Juan Mejia, who was born in Bogota, Columbia and now lives and works in Oklahoma. RNS

Family Of Slain Jewish Journalist Steven Sotloff Sues Syria In US Court

04/20/2016 - 15:49

The family of Steven Sotloff, a Jewish journalist who was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists, has sued Syria in U.S. court.

A video believed to show Mohammed Emwazi with U.S.-Israeli citizen Steven Sotloff. JTA

A Grate Fundraising Idea

04/20/2016 - 09:07
Staff Writer

At the seders of Rob Densen’s New Jersey childhood, the annual get-togethers were a time not only of family reunion and religious ritual, but also of gastronomic one-upmanship. “In my family there was a subtle competition — who can eat the most and hottest amount of horseradish,” he says.

CNBC’s Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money,” taking the Horseradish Challenge. ourtesy of American Friends of Hebrew University

Israel Rift Seen Moving Beyond N.Y.

In wake of Sanders’ critical comments, growing fault lines in the community.

04/20/2016 - 08:46
Staff Writer

The divide in American attitudes towards Israel became most pronounced last week during the Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn, when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized Israel – and his supporters cheered.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at last week’s debate in Brooklyn.  Getty Images

The Child Also Rises

Despite what Pew says about young Jews, BBYO is flourishing with a student-to-student message.

04/19/2016 - 13:02
Staff Writer

When the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization cut the cord with its parent group nearly 15 years ago, there was some separation anxiety.

Newly elected BBYO international presidents Aaron Cooper of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ellie Bodker of Overland Park, Kan. BBYO
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