Jerusalem — Calling Jewish education the most important means of assuring the survival of American Jewry, philanthropist Michael Steinhardt challenged the Jewish establishment in North America and Israel to launch a Fund for the Jewish Future. He pledged to give $10 million, provided the sum would comprise no more than 10 percent of the total allocation.
An electrical fire raced through a wing of the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in Plandome, L.I., Monday, forcing the evacuation of 75 nursery school children and about 20 teachers and staff. There were no injuries.
Sylvia Jacobs, the synagogue's executive director, said the blaze was discovered shortly before 11 a.m. in a wall leading to the basement. It destroyed a men's room, hall carpeting and a portion of the roof before firemen from six departments extinguished it.
(JTA): The issue of divestment from Israel is resurfacing in a Boston suburb. Voters in the 27th Middlesex District, representing half of the precincts of Somerville, Mass., will decide Nov. 7 on a non-binding resolution instructing the district's state representative to support legislation calling for the state to divest from Israel Bonds or companies supplying military equipment to Israel.
The leader of the far-right party in Belgium, Filip Dewinter, failed in his bid to become mayor of Antwerp after his Flemish Interest party came second, capturing 20 of the 55-seats in the city council.
After a three-day search that consumed the West Side Jewish community, police on Tuesday night located a missing teen who "stormed out" of the of the local JCC on Sunday evening.
Following up on a tip from a student who saw his picture posted at Stuyvesant High School, auxiliary officers found Zachary Manning, 15, a sophomore at Brooklyn Friends School, in Bryant Square Park in Midtown with a friend.
He had been staying with friends in Queens after an argument with his mother.
When he was president of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, Avishay Braverman had a vision: Relocate thousands of Jews to the desert to relieve overcrowding in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Now, as a Labor Party Knesset member, he's got another vision, this one for a post-Hezbollah war Israel: Throw the bums out.
Saying the recent war "exposed the weakness of our leaders," Braverman recently called for reform of Israel's political system to allow the best and the brightest to enter politics.
The Anti-Defamation League is set to honor Burt Neuborne, the NYU law professor who took the lead in fighting for Holocaust survivors in their efforts to recover their Holocaust-era deposits from Swiss Banks and restitution from German companies, at its dinner next week.
But some survivors believe he doesn't deserve the honor.
"It's a shonda [scandal] for the Jewish people," said David Mermelstein, former president of the Coalition of Holocaust Survivors of Florida. "He betrayed us."
Three scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel were awarded the patent on a process used in the delivery of the cancer drug Erbitux after a Manhattan federal judge ruled that Aventis and its successor company, ImClone, had copied Weizmann's research and patented it as their own.
A few minutes of the Aug. 15 Red Sox-Tigers baseball game is making the rounds as a video file on the Internet. But it’s not the action on the field that is catching everyone’s attention as much as the commentary in the broadcast booth.
Comedian Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, co-stars of the TV drama “Rescue Me,” were serving as guest announcers on the New England Sports Network’s (NESN) telecast of the game when they learned that Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who had just made a difficult play, is Jewish.