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  • Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

    Sen. Robert Menendez hands down got the most enthusiastic reception of any speaker so far at AIPAC’s annual conference. I’d say you could barely hear the New Jersey Democrat on Monday night but for the whoops and shouts, except that Menendez has a preacher’s style and his rich tenor and rolling cadences rode the cheering like… More ▸

  • Forbes’ billionaires list features new and old Jewish faces

    The billionaires’ club isn’t as exclusive as it used to be. On Monday Forbes released its 29th annual list of every billionaire on the planet, and it features a record 1,826 people, or 181 more than last year. As in previous years, Jews are disproportionately represented on the roster of the world’s wealthiest, with 10 Jews among the top… More ▸

  • White House squeezes U.S.-Israel into two sides of a card

    It’s the week of the AIPAC policy conference. It’s the week of That Speech — Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, organized without consulting the White House. With all the drama and tension, the Obama administration doesn’t want you thinking loyalty to the president and support for Israel are incompatible. So it’s giving supporters a two-sided card called “5… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Israel’s impressive losing record at the Oscars

    At the 87th Academy Awards last weekend, the Israeli short film “Aya,” which was nominated for best live-action short, lost to British short “The Phone Call.” It was the 10th time an Israeli film was nominated for Best Foreign Film, making Israel among the top 10 most-nominated countries in the world. However, despite this recognition and… More ▸

  • WATCH: Leonard Nimoy explains Spock’s salute

    Leonard Nimoy, who played the overly logical part-human, part-Vulcan hero Spock on “Star Trek,” passed away Friday at the age of 83. To quote Spock’s most famous recurring line, Nimoy certainly lived long and prospered. Though he had a wide-ranging career that included acting on stage and screen, directing, and writing, Nimoy was (and will be)… More ▸

  • Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

    Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released “Ain’t In No Hurry,” his first solo album since 2009. While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing Israel Bonds he received from his Jewish grandmother. On the eve of Jefferson… More ▸

  • Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

    Commentary magazine called it “flood libel.” described it as “dam busted.” And Camera headlined it “Dam Lies.” Agence France Presse’s report earlier this week falsely alleging that Israel intentionally opened a large dam in the South in order to unleash floods upon Gaza’s already beleaguered residents has released a torrent of puns. But it also opened the… More ▸

  • Can exotic flavors bring back SodaStream’s fizz?

    Is “enhanced water” the new soda? SodaStream hopes so. In the hopes of bringing back some positive fizz to its profit line, the Israel-based soda maker company is, according to the New York Times, developing a line of carbonated water flavors to complement its current soda varieties. Starting in June, SodaStream owners will be able… More ▸

  • When Israeli brashness goes too far

    Israelis don’t exactly have a reputation of being polite. But even in a country known for its rudeness, some things cross the line. Yesterday an argument over duty-free chocolate prompted nationwide soul-searching on local manners — or lack thereof. A video making the rounds on Israeli social media shows a woman — followed by her family members — screaming at… More ▸