• Elsewhere: The Jew in the crown, Sephardic on the Hudson, the American rebbe

    The Jew in the crown: A photo essay documents what remains of Jewish life in India after most of the community’s members have immigrated to Israel. (Al-Jazeera) Sephardic on the Hudson: A special section focuses on the Sephardic experience in New York, from culinary traditions to experiments in egalitarian worship. (N.Y. Jewish Week) The American rebbe: Despite being born in… More ▸

  • Russian Jewish billionaires sing ‘Hallelujah’ (and thank God it’s over)

    If time really is money, then the song that producer Igor Sandler recorded on Tuesday at his Moscow studio not only will be the longest tune ever released, but may be among the costliest to make. That’s because the people singing in Sandler’s bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records database include Russian Jewish billionaires whose time… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Selfies at Auschwitz, a Muslim’s Zionist education, victory for Hamas?

    Selfies at Auschwitz: A new Facebook page mocking Israeli teens’ irreverent postings about trips to concentration camps is generating controversy. (Ynet) A Muslim’s Zionist education: Through studying in a Muslim-Jewish program at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Rabia Chaudry learned that there is more to Zionism than she thought. (Time) Recipe for rehabilitation: Despite a troubled past that included drug addiction… More ▸

  • ‘Jeopardy’ rabbi for one night only

    The good news is that Sari Laufer‘s congregants have been spared the inconveniences of an absentee clergy member. The bad news? This New York Reform rabbi’s stint as a “Jeopardy” contestant turned out to be shorter than most Rosh Hashanah sermons: just one half-hour appearance. In her sole episode, which aired earlier this month, Laufer correctly answered numerous… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Rescue effort or war crime?, Lev Tahor’s ‘nueva vida,’ frustrated with ‘Fiddler’

    Rescue effort or war crime?: Some Israeli NGOs claim the IDF operation in pursuit of the missing teens is collective punishment, but legal experts aren’t so sure. (Times of Israel) Lev Tahor’s ‘nueva vida’: After fleeing Canada, where child protection officials were investigating them, members of the haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor are starting anew in… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Charities’ losing bets, ‘body talk’ prohibited, divestment without BDS?

    Charities’ losing bets: Local Jewish groups around the United States have lost money, in some cases tens of thousands of dollars, from Bingo and other gambling-based fundraising efforts. (Forward) ‘Body talk’ prohibited: Eden Village, a Jewish environmental overnight camp, is one of several summer camps where participants are asked to refrain from talking about physical appearances, including… More ▸

  • At Jewish Labor Committee dinner, Al Sharpton calls for healing

    Al Sharpton hasn’t always had the best relationship with the Jewish community. But on Thursday night, he had a place of honor at the Jewish Labor Committee’s annual Human Rights Awards Dinner in New York. Sharpton addressed the gathering to present the group’s Human Rights Award to Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Soccer in the aftermath of World War II

    This year Israel sent more fans to the World Cup than any other country (except Canada) that had no team playing there. But Jewish passion for soccer is nothing new: the sport was popular among Jews in Europe in the years before and after World War II. In fact it was a major recreational outlet in… More ▸