Two Israeli Biochemists Awarded The Horwitz Prize

Howard Cedar and Aharon Razin were granted the award for advancing understanding of epigenetics.

09/13/2016 - 12:57
Editorial Intern

Two Israeli professors from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have walked away with this year’s Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize. The prize is the latest in a long list of prestigious honors for New York-born Dr. Howard Cedar, 73, and his long-time collaborator, 81-year-old Dr. Aharon Razin.

Aharon Razin and Howard Cedar, winners of this year's prestigious Horwitz Prize. Hebrew University.

Israeli Rower, Moran Samuel, Wins Bronze At Rio Paralympics

The medal, awarded Sunday morning in the 1,000-meter final, is Israel's first at the event.

09/11/2016 - 11:14

Israeli rower Moran Samuel won a bronze in the 1,000-meter final at the Rio Paralympics.

Israel's Moran Samuel (back) competing in the in the London 2012 Paralympics. Getty Images

German Judge On Hot Seat For Helping Survivors?

09/07/2016 - 09:09



Hero to Holocaust survivors or a judge overstepping his bounds and meddling in politics?

A German judge could lose his job at a disciplinary hearing Tuesday for going out of his way to help Holocaust survivors receive the monthly German pensions they deserve.

Jewish leaders rally behind German Judge Jan-Robert von Renesse.

Israeli-born Athlete Among Largest-Ever U.S. Paralympic Delegation

Russia has been banned from the games, but for the first time, there will be a refugee team taking part

09/06/2016 - 17:15
Editorial Intern

The United States has sent its largest ever delegation to the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio, with 289 athletes set to take part. Among the U.S. athletes is 37-year-old Noga Nir-Kistler, an Israeli-born swimmer competing in her third Paralympic Games. In the 2008 Beijing Olympicsshe competed in table tennis, before switching to swimming in 2010 and going on to win a bronze medal two years later in London.

Nonga Nir-Kistler hugs Germany's Kirsten Braun after the pair both medaled in the 2012 Paralympics. Paralymic Games via youtube

At VMAs, Israeli Directors Nab VMA For Coldplay Single

Young Israeli directors pick up award at VMAs for Coldplay single “Up & Up”

08/29/2016 - 11:26
Editorial Intern

The MTV Video Music Awards, one of the annual highlights of the pop music calendar, celebrate a wide range of artists and people involved in the music industry. Beyonce was the big winner at this year’s event, walking away with eight awards including the top award for best video. Also among the winners were two young Israeli directors, Gal Muggia and Vania Heymann, who won the visual effects award for their work on Coldplay’s “Up & Up”. The single, incidentally, achieved its highest charting position globally in Israel, where it went to number one.

A volcano spitting out popcorn is just one of the eye-popping visuals in the video. Screenshot/Youtube

Burkini Ban Is Great For Business, Says Israeli-French Maker Of Modest Swimsuits

08/26/2016 - 10:23

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — According to the latest tally, at least 30 French municipalities have banned the product that the Paris-born businesswoman Yardena G. sells for a living.

Sea Secret’s “Magic Marine” modest swimsuit (Courtesy of Sea Secret)

Italian Jewish Community Steps In To Help Earthquake Victims

Jews in Rome begin aid efforts by setting up a blood donation center for those wishing to help the victims.

08/24/2016 - 14:58
Editorial Intern

The Jewish community of Italy was quick to respond to the tragic earthquake that struck central Italy during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), Noemi Di Segni, said in a statement: “The images and stories that have been emerging in recent hours are shocking and painful. Our thoughts are with the people and communities affected. We extend not only our solidarity on behalf of Italian Jewry, but also our readiness to take immediate, concrete steps to help in the current state of emergency.”

A man searches for survivors among the rubble in Amatrice, Italy. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty.

Satmar Decree Bars Women From Higher Education

08/24/2016 - 11:01

(JTA) — Hasidic rabbis from the Satmar sect reportedly have issued a decree barring women from pursuing higher education.

Haredi Orthodox men walking along the street in the Stamford Hill area of London, Jan. 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Portman’s Hebrew Accent Whisperer

08/23/2016 - 23:25

While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel how the air hit her skin.

Natalie Portman studied with an Israeli actress for her role as Amos Oz’s mother.  Ran Mendelsohn/Courtesy of Focus World

Nazi Propagandist Goebbels’ Wife Had Jewish Father, New Document Shows

08/23/2016 - 12:15

(JTA) — The wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had a Jewish father, according to a new document discovered in the Berlin archives.

Joseph Goebbels with his daughters, at a Christmas celebration in Berlin, 1937. (German Federal Archives)
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