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  • Jamaican Jewish ties: Belafonte and Farrakhan maybe, but definitely not Marley

    After a week of attending a Jewish conference here, I’m starting to feel like everybody in Jamaica has some kind of connection to Judaism. Ainsley Henriques, the don of the local community, says thousands of Jamaicans have Jewish backgrounds, though they don’t identify as Jews. A scan of the local telephone directory seems to confirm…

  • Jammin’ with the ‘original JEWmaican’

    Wearing a bright blue graffiti-sprayed jacket, oversized shades and braided hair, Jewish reggae artist Benny Bwoy stands out at the Kingston hotel where a conference on the Jewish community of Jamaica is taking place. That’s Benny Bwoy, who grew up in Far Rockaway, N.Y., as Tzadok Bentzion and for a dozen years was a Wall…

  • The Wandering Jew Intern

    Guest Post Imagine this: Your boss calls you up one day. He tells you he wants to send you on a trip of many months, pretty much anywhere you want to go to write about. Now imagine you are a lowly intern sitting next to this guy. You can’t help but feel a bit jealous:…

  • Meridor seeks to revive Jerusalem

    It would have been Jerusalem’s first permanent ice rink. For a while, the Jerusalem Foundation toyed with the idea of constructing an ice rink in Teddy Park, right outside the Old City’s walls. "We considered it for a while," said Moshe Fogel, executive director of the Jerusalem Foundation. "But then we found out there would…

  • News from around the Jewish world

    Israeli-born writer Oren Moverman discusses how his personal experience in the Israeli army influenced him in writing the script for the new Hollywood flick starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, "The Messenger." (j) Teachers at Jewish day schools strike against plan to reduce pension plans. (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent) Feeling the financial burn, the Jewish federation…

  • Rally in Rutgers, Hip hop in day school, Heckling Olmert in San Fran

    From around the American Jewish world: In the Phoenix area, a rabbi held a conversion ceremony welcoming crypto Jews back into Jewish fold. (Jewish News of Greater Phoenix) At a speaking gig in San Francisco, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was heckled 22 times. Olmert tells audiences he’s used to people shouting at him,…

  • Forgiving Ronan Tynan

    Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, a fixture at New York Yankees games, stole the show from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the ADL’s Annual Meeting Thursday when he apologized for making an anti-Jewish comment. At the dinner, Tynan received a standing ovation after delivering a dramatic rendition of "God Bless America" — which he regularly sings…

  • Debating Israeli-Palestinian issues on ‘The Daily Show’

    Tension was tangible Wednesday at the taping of "The Daily Show" as host Jon Stewart interviewed guests Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti and activist Anna Baltzer. The interview was interrupted twice by a heckler, who was eventually escorted out of the studio. During the interview, Stewart asked Barghouti and Baltzer, who recently wrote a book based…

  • News from around the U.S. Jewish world

    From around the American Jewish World: Jay Michaelson writes in the Forward that of all the responses to his essay "How I’m Losing My Love for Israel," the most troubling have been those from community leaders who said they agreed with him but are afraid to speak out. Susie Essman, the foul-mouthed Susie Greene on…

  • Hebrew school

    The New York Jewish Week reports on New York’s first-ever Hebrew-language charter school: Many Jewish parents at HLA said they never seriously considered a day school. “Before we had kids, my husband said he would only want a yeshiva,” Amir says. “But he’s Conservative, I’m Reform and a yeshiva would be Orthodox. And very, very expensive. It…