New Day For Cuban Jews

Changes in diplomatic ties will advance Gross' goal of connecting community to larger Jewish world.

12/17/2014 - 19:00

Washington – Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

Alan Gross, homeward bound. Getty Images

Jews, Wizards And Memes

For Jewish wizards attending Hogwarts, these will be right up your Diagon alley.

12/16/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

After J.K. Rowling's announcement yesterday on Twitter that Hogwarts' Jewish student population is alive and well, we've created a couple of memes that only a true Jewish wizard would understand. Anthony Goldstein--these are for you. 

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Yeshivat Hogwarts? J.K. Rowling Confirms Jewish Wizards

The famous school of witchcraft and wizardry seems to be a bastion for diversity.

12/16/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Happy Hanukkah from Hogwarts!

It's true: there are Jewish students at Hogwarts. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

In Lugansk, An Icy Ukraine Winter Tests A War-Torn Community

12/15/2014 - 19:00

Lugansk, Ukraine — In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

Oldie And Bestie

We know there are tons of Chanukah videos but for the first night, nothing beats the Maccabeats' 'Candlelight.'

Australian Jewish Communities On Lockdown Amid Sydney Hostage Crisis

12/14/2014 - 19:00

Sydney, Australia – Australia’s Jewish community went into official lockdown after a gunman held hostages inside an inner-city cafe in Sydney.

Israel Speeds Up Aliyah Procedures For Residents Of Eastern Ukraine

12/09/2014 - 19:00

Kiev, Ukraine — Israel implemented special procedures to speed up the immigration process for people with Jewish origins from Ukraine’s conflict zones.

Mendelevitch Returns, With A Message For Russian Jews

Back in St. Petersburg for Limmud FSU talk, former refusenik encourages emigration to Israel.

12/08/2014 - 19:00

St. Petersburg, Russia — Through the backseat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals.

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport late last month.  Cnaan Liphshiz

Jewish Cemetery In Argentina Vandalized

12/08/2014 - 19:00

Buenos Aires, Argentina — At least a dozen headstones were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in Argentina.

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