• #BringBackOurBoys meets #BringBackOurGirls

    Immediately after Monday’s #BringBackOurBoys rally at the Israeli consulate in New York on behalf of the three kidnapped Israeli teens, several participants joined a second rally nearby focused on another kidnapping on a different continent. The second rally was outside the Nigerian consulate. It was for the more than 200 Nigerian girls whose mass abduction… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Escaping domestic prisons, prisoners of Palestinian politics, the Berlin-Jerusalem alliance

    Escaping domestic prisons: Fraidy Reiss, founder of Unchained at Last, talks about leaving her abusive arranged marriage in the haredi Orthodox community and her work helping others from a variety of religious backgrounds do the same. (NPR) Prisoners of Palestinian politics: The kidnapping of Israeli teens reflects Hamas’ struggle for ascendancy over the Palestinian Authority in the West… More ▸

  • Rick Perry, the Jew

    Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat last week meant Jewish Republicans lost the chance to see one of their own become speaker of the House. Fortunately, however, it turns out that a Jewish Republican is running for president: Rick Perry. While enjoying a Reuben sandwich at a Jewish deli in Beverly Hills, the Texas governor apparently… More ▸

  • ZOA: U.S. policy on Palestinians is ‘a diplomatic Kristallnacht’

    Like many Jewish groups, the Zionist Organization of America released a statement expressing outrage at the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. Like the Israeli government, the group accused the Palestinian Authority of culpability in the matter given that it is now backed by Hamas as a result of a unity agreement… More ▸

  • The Jewish guide to the World Cup

    Israel is not in the World Cup, and none of the star players is Jewish. But never fear: We still managed to compile a list of six Jewish things about Brazil 2014. The coach: Jose Pekerman, the coach of Colombia’s team, is an Argentine Jew. Pekerman, 64, was born in Villa Dominguez, one of the… More ▸

  • At a N.Y. museum, a window into JDC’s history

    “Palestinian Jews facing terrible crisis.” Thus begins the Aug. 31, 1914 telegram (shown above) from Henry Morgenthau, the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, to New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff, sent as the Jewish community in Ottoman-controlled, pre-state Palestine began to feel the effects of World War I. The letter prompted an outpouring of aid… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Shabbat without shalom, Holy food, Mascot of the mob

    Hitchhikers’ guide to the West Bank: Despite greater dangers and last week’s kidnapping, settlers hitchhike more frequently than do Israelis within the Green Line; many claim they can gauge which rides are safe to accept. (Times of Israel) Shabbat without shalom: Emily Amrousi, a former neighbor of Gilad Shaar, one of the three abducted Israeli teens, writes about… More ▸

  • New boy born to Ayelet Nation

    In January 2012, Hindy Poupko and Seth Galena shared the tragic news with tens of thousands of readers that they had lost their 2-year-old daughter, Ayelet Galena, to a rare bone disease. For months, the couple had chronicled their daughter’s struggle with the disease on a Tumblr blog, amassing tens of thousands of followers and… More ▸