Hillary Accepts Honor From AJCongress, Raising Eyebrows

01/28/2014 - 19:00

Amid intense speculation about her future political plans, former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady Hillary Clinton has accepted an invitation to be honored by the American Jewish Congress on March 19. That raises the question among some Jewish insiders as to whether she realizes what she is signing up for.

Guess who’s coming to dinner: Back from the brink, AJ Congress is evidently part of Planet Hillary. Getty Images

He Hammered Out Justice

Remembering the folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger.

01/27/2014 - 19:00

Tuesday began on a sad note with news that Pete Seeger, a man for whom the modifier “legendary” seems hopelessly inadequate, had died in New York City at 94.

Whose side are you on? Seeger in mid-song. Photo via JTA

Rabbi A Rising Martial Arts Star

01/22/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Yossi Eilfort does not train on Shabbat, doesn’t like to hit people and doesn’t have a long background in self-defense techniques – but he’s now a rising martial arts competitor, according to Fox News.

Members Of Congress Blast Academic Boycott Of Israel

01/19/2014 - 19:00

A bipartisan slate of 134 U.S. Congress members wrote a letter to the American Studies Association protesting its decision last month to boycott Israeli universities.

N.C. Boarding School Cafeteria Gets Ethical-Kosher Seal

01/14/2014 - 19:00

A Jewish high school cafeteria in North Carolina became the first pre-collegiate institution to obtain an Orthodox social justice organization’s seal certifying its adherence to fair-labor practices.

The Runaway

Father’s columns illuminate Caleb Jacoby’s childhood.

01/13/2014 - 19:00
Associate Editor

In 1997, an old man with a blue tattoo on his forearm, “A-10502,” held his grandson Caleb (Calev) Jacoby at the bris where the baby was named. Sixteen years later, many thousands of Jews across the country were saying that boy’s name in prayer, psalms for Calev Avraham ben-Elishevea Rus. At 12:30 in the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 6, Caleb, now 16, a junior at Maimonides, a Modern Orthodox school in Brookline, Mass., stepped into a winter’s day, not to be found until that Thursday night, Jan. 9, in Times Square.

Jeff Jacoby's son, Caleb. Courtesy of the Brookline Police Department

Iran Sanctions Debate Heats Up

Tension in community between AIPAC, dovish groups.

01/13/2014 - 19:00

Washington — More than half the United States Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

CNN Hires Former Israeli Ambassador Oren As Commentator

01/13/2014 - 19:00

Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren confirmed that he is joining CNN as an on-air analyst and contributor.

The American-born Oren, a noted historian, served as Israel’s top envoy to the U.S. from 2009-2013. He has already appeared on CNN several times, and penned an obituary for Ariel Sharon for the network.

Oren: Wrote biography of Sharon

JTA And MyJewishLearning Announce Intention To Merge

01/13/2014 - 19:00
Web Editor

JTA and My Jewish Learning announced their intention to merge the two organizations, according to an article on JTA's website.

YU's Debt Downgraded To Junk Status

01/12/2014 - 19:00
Web Editor

Yeshiva University’s debt has again been downgraded by a ratings agency, this time to below investment grade, or junk status.

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