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  • Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

    Sure, his birthday usually falls around the same time as Hanukkah, but Jesus and the Jewish holiday generally don’t mix. This year, however, two Jesus-Hanukkah juxtapositions have been getting a lot of social media attention. First, there’s Bud Williams, the Springfield, Mass., city counselor who said “Jesus is the reason for the season” — at a… More ▸

  • At White House Hanukkah party, Obama emphasizes freedom and food

    I’ve been JTA’s Washington bureau chief for 11 years, but this was the first time I scored a coveted invitation to the annual White House Hanukkah party. A Washington tradition started by President George W. Bush, the party has actually expanded (to meet demand) to two: one in the afternoon and one in the evening. This year’s… More ▸

  • Despite passionate reactions, EU ruling on Hamas is a small legal glitch

    A European court ruling to remove Hamas from the European Union’s list of terrorist groups evoked passionate reactions, but the text actually makes for drab reading material. The Luxembourg-based General Court of the European Union said its ruling on Wednesday was procedural and in no way an assertion of whether Hamas merits the terrorist designation…. More ▸

  • Hummus hits the headlines

    According to a new report by the food and restaurant consulting firm Baum and Whiteman, hummus – the Middle Eastern spread that is central to both Israeli and Arab cuisine — is now more popular in the United States than salsa. Today, 20 percent of U.S. households have hummus in their refrigerators, compared to 12… More ▸

  • En route to Lugansk, lies, bribes and high fives

    In the backseat of a car headed to the rebel-held city of Lugansk, I was feeling confident about my plan for getting in and out safely to report an article about how the city’s Jewish community is coping with the war ravaging the area. I had a reliable route and crew, an Israeli passport and a good cover… More ▸

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ‘lower guilt’ latkes

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — South Florida congresswoman, chair of the Democratic National Committee, mother of three school-age children — is also, apparently, something of maven in the kitchen. Wasserman Schultz (aka @cleancookingcongresswoman) maintains an Instagram account devoted to her culinary adventures, and was tweeting over the weekend about, what else, latkes. “Was flipping through old recipes… More ▸

  • Randi Weingarten: A guy I met at Shabbos dinner tried to rape me

    In the wake of the flawed report in Rolling Stone about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, one Jewish woman with a national profile is determined not to let the conversation about rape in American society die because of one problematic article. Writing in Jezebel, Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, reveals for the first… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Jews immigrating to Spain

    The history of Jews in Spain is long and complex, fraught with periods of persecution. However, thanks to a more welcoming government and an influx of Argentine Jews, Jewish communities are growing once again in Spain. In February, the Spanish government offered up a bill that, if passed, could grant Spanish citizenship to all Sephardic Jews… More ▸