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A Colombian Church That Became Orthodox

May 19, 2016, by

How far would you go for your faith? The California Sunday Magazine has this amazing story about two Colombian church leaders, René Cano and Juan Carlos, who converted to Orthodox Judaism and took their megachurch with them. The story almost has Biblical echoes: “In groups of 30, men marched to the surgeon’s office to get

113-year-old Jewish woman now oldest person in the US

May 18, 2016, by

From The JTA: The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie. After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones Friday, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, became the oldest living American. Since the death of another Goldie, 114-year-old Goldie Steinberg last year, Michelson has likely been the oldest Jew in

Israel Celebrates 68th Independence Day

May 12, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Throngs of Israelis crowded national parks, beaches and IDF bases opened to the public across the country to celebrate Israel’s 68th Independence Day. The day’s festivities were marked with the traditional barbecues, flybys by the Israeli Air Force, parties and other forms of celebrations. Israelis were treated to IAF flyovers

In new Gaza clip, kids urge ‘martyrdom, blowing up enemies’

May 12, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: New footage to emerge out of a children’s festival in the Gaza Strip shows play-acting Palestinian kids urging each other to “die as martyrs” and “blow up their enemies,” and includes mock presentations of them capturing Israeli soldiers and running through what appears to be a tunnel. A video of

Kingsborough Jewish Faculty See Pattern Of Prejudice

May 12, 2016, by

From The Jewish Week: When the business department search committee members saw the CV, they felt like they had hit pay dirt. The applicant for the accounting assistant professor position not only was a certified public accountant, but also had a Ph.D. in accounting and several published articles under his belt. The committee voted unanimously

Bene Israel has genetic evidence of Jewish roots, study shows

May 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: A scientific study has found genetic evidence of claims that the Bene Israel, a community in western India, has Jewish roots. The study from Tel Aviv University, which was published in late March in the PLoS One scientific journal, analyzed the genomes of 18 Bene Israel community members. It found that the Bene Israel

London’s Muslim mayor reaffirms plan for Israel trip

May 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Sadiq Khan, who was sworn in as London’s first Muslim mayor last week, reiterated plans to lead a trade delegation to Israel. In an interview with London’s The Jewish News published Monday, Khan, the first Muslim mayor of any Western capital city and London’s first Labour Party mayor in eight years, also said he

I Accidentally Hired an Orthodox Rabbi for My Father’s Funeral

May 11, 2016, by

Adele Levin writes for The Washington Post about how she accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for her father’s funeral. Levin only realizes after meeting Rabbi Eli Fink that she’s called the wrong rabbi and the mix-up has the makings of a screwball comedy: “We gathered in the funeral home: my sister, my Swiss mother with

97-year-old Holocaust survivor tells German children about the Holocaust

May 4, 2016, by

From YNet: Just before Holocaust Memorial Day, 97-year-old survivor Betty Bausch has again packed her suitcase and travelled to tell young Germans of the harm that their nation inflicted decades before they were born. In recent years, this has become her life’s work. Every time that Bausch finishes describing her family’s travails in the Holocaust

FBI Thwarts Plot Against Prominent Florida Jewish Center

May 4, 2016, by

From Fox News: A man’s planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday. James Medina is accused of trying to blow up the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center during Passover services. Officials portrayed Medina as being anti-Semitic. “MEDINA explained

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