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is the online coordinator for JTA.


  • Happy 90th, Shimon Peres!

    For his 90th birthday, Shimon Peres hosted numerous politicians and celebrities and spoke of his life and his vision of peace for the future.

  • Poetry is for warriors

    An officer in the IDF stopped a soldier from reading personal poetry on the radio because it would “ruin the image of a combat soldier.”

  • Celebrating the first class of maharats

    Yeshivat Maharat ordained its first class of female spiritual leaders Sunday morning in New York.

  • The importance of Anne Frank

    Last week was Anne Frank’s 84th birthday, and the anniversary of the first post in the diary that made her a household name.

  • What we should do about the princesses

    Most of us learned at a young age that the best way to deal with people who do stupid things just to get attention is to ignore them. The geniuses at Bravo not only know this, but count on us to forget this. The first time I saw a Housewives show, I literally could not…

  • He’s bringing sexy back

    It’s hard to know what to make of Israel’s use of social media. Some of the IDF’s online campaigns have been downright bizarre, like its strange Golden Girls soundtracked “trailer” for President Obama’s visit, or its decision to live tweet updates of the Six-Day War, as if the conflict were happening in real time. Then of course, there…

  • The Texas Bible: hey y’all

    A new app gives a Southern dialect to the Bible.

  • Misinterpreting History: The 2009 gay club shooting

    Israeli police made several arrests this week in connection with the killing of two Israelis at a gay community center in 2009 but determined, contrary to the widely held opinion, that the attacks were not motivated by hate.

  • Berlin rumble

    A brawl broke out at a communal meeting of Berlin Jews.

  • Who’s your mama?

    Advances in fertility technology raise a fundamental Jewish question, what role does genetics play in Jewish identity.