On Refugees, Jews Caught Between Care And Fear

As some synagogues extend hand to Syrians, questions about security loom.

09/15/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For the past two years, the organized Jewish community has raised more than $500,000 for humanitarian groups in Jordan helping Syrian refugees there. Two weeks ago, it started helping those descending on Europe. 

Migrants and refugees line up to register after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border this week. Getty Images

Balancing Tourism And Memory At Auschwitz

Controversy of ‘misting showers’ highlights a challenge for the memorial and museum.

09/09/2015 - 20:00

Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job.

Visitors to Auschwitz use misting showers last week during an extreme heatwave. Youtube

Obama Agrees To Settle 10,000 Syrians; HIAS Wants 100,000

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Web Director

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, up from 1,000 this past year – but that’s far fewer than the 100,000 Jewish refugee aid organization HIAS wants the U.S. government to resettle.

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Stirs Consciences, But Responses Vary

09/09/2015 - 20:00

PARIS - Europe’s refugee crisis has inspired faith communities across the continent to open their doors to the newcomers and advocate for more state and private help, but the urgency of their calls and the depth of responses to them vary from country to country:

Migrants are welcomed as they arrive at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany, on September 6, 2015. RNS

Clinton: Public Disagreements With Israel ‘Not Productive’

09/08/2015 - 20:00

Washington — Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would endeavor as president to keep any arguments with the Israeli prime minister out of public view because such disputes help delegitimize Israel.

Hillary Clinton. Via

New Tests Negate Possibility Of Nisman Suicide

09/07/2015 - 20:00

Buenos Aires, Argentina — The results of new tests on the gun believed to have killed Alberto Nisman appear to negate the possibility that the AMIA special prosecutor committed suicide.

2015 Bueno Aires march seeking justice for Nisman. Wikimedia Commons

Hungarian Jews Collect Money, Food For Middle East Refugees

09/07/2015 - 20:00

Hungarian Jews have collected about $5,000 and half a ton of food and nonperishables for refugees from the Middle East.

Migrants walking along a motorway near the southern Hungarian village of Roszke, Sept. 7, 2015. JTA

Hungary, Bulgaria Studying Israel’s Border Fence With Egypt To Keep Out Refugees

09/03/2015 - 20:00

Hungary and Bulgaria are looking into Israeli-designed fences to keep refugees from crossing their borders, Reuters reported.

Read All About It: The 5 Best New Kids’ Books For The High Holidays

09/01/2015 - 20:00

From Antarctica to Shanghai and farms to cities, this year’s crop of High Holidays books for children offers a globe-trotting exploration. Friendship and family are the themes that run through five new titles that entertain and inform young ones and older readers. Turning the pages of a new book is the perfect way to usher in the holidays.

Book covers, clockwise from top left: “Tamar’s Sukkah”; “Time to Start a Brand New Year”;  “Talia and the Very Yum Kippur." JTA
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