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N.Y. Rabbi Claims El Al Policies May Violate U.S. Law

10/01/2014 - 20:00

Following the delay of several El Al flights after haredi Orthodox men refused to sit next to women, a New York rabbi and attorney claims that some of the airline’s policies may violate U.S. law.

Giant Ukraine JCC Provides Shelter From The Storm — In Style

10/01/2014 - 20:00

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine — Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk.

New Shabbos App Creates Uproar Among Orthodox Circles

Developers claim app will eliminate problems the iPhone poses on Shabbat, but rabbis don't buy it.

10/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Don’t want to give up your iPhone on Shabbat? There’s an app for that.

Screen shot from Shabbos App's draft Kickstarter page. Via shabbosapp.com

Reading The Tealeaves At The UN

Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind elsewhere.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
JTA

In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking this week at the UN General Assembly. Getty Images

Paula Abdul Invites You For Shabbos

Former American Idol judge says 'Yes!' to the Shabbos Project.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

International singing star and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul just sent you a Shabbos invitation.

Paula Abdul commits to joining the Shabbos Project on Oct. 24-25. Getty Images

Survivors Can’t Get Justice In Hungary: Lawyers

In Chicago court, growing anti-Semitism cited in restitution cases.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In April, Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party — described by the president of the European Jewish Congress as an “unabashedly neo-Nazi party” — won more than 20 percent of the vote in Hungary’s parliamentary election.

Far-right Jobbik party leader Gabor Vona after winning 20 percent of the country's parliamentary election. Getty Images

Firebomb Thrown At Kiev’s Oldest Synagogue

09/29/2014 - 20:00

Kiev’s oldest synagogue was the target of a firebomb that burst into flames outside the building.

Muslim Custom Puts All Ritual Slaughter At Risk, Belgium Official Says

09/28/2014 - 20:00

The Muslim custom of killing sheep at temporary slaughterhouses jeopardizes all ritual slaughter in Belgium, a Cabinet minister there warned.

New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

Trove on Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia is going public.

09/28/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Imagine 1,000 years of Jewish history at your fingertips.

The Vilna Project, a seven-year international effort to digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives, launched last week. Getty Images
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