Menu JTA Search


  • In Campaign Season, Pelosi Takes Israel Fight to Gop

    Almost eight years of President Bush have “made matters worse for Israel” — that’s how the Democrats intend to make their case to Jewish voters. This was the message from the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in an exclusive interview May 20 with JTA, just hours after her return from Israel…. More ▸

  • San Francisco’s New Museum Owns No Art, Focuses on Ideas

    The Contemporary Jewish Museum, set to open June 8 in its new San Francisco location, is a mind-blowingly grand celebration of what Jewish sensibilities can contribute to the American cultural experience. It’s also the latest example of the Jewish museum as event rather than institution. Several things set this ambitious new creation apart. First is… More ▸

  • Adam Mansbach: Appreciation or appropriation?

    Kind of weird last Tuesday night listening to Adam Mansbach, a nice Jewish boy from Newton, MA, tell a bunch of white Jews at the San Francisco JCC he was a dope emcee who grew up listening to hip hop. Sure, Jewish kids are fascinated by black culture, said the 32-year-old Berkeley author of “The… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel is holding a Palestinian terrorist accused of undergoing military training in Iran. The Shin Bet announced Monday that it is holding a Palestinian who was detained by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip last month, and who confessed to training in Iran. The Palestinian belongs to a Gaza-based armed offshoot of Fatah. According to… More ▸

  • With Rock Music, Islamic Teachings, Ex-premier Fights for Moderate Islam

    In its telling, the story of a notorious lynching of Jews is not unusual. The storyteller, however, is: Abdurrahman Wahid, the former Indonesian president, and a leading Muslim scholar. In an interview with JTA, Wahid, who traveled to the United States and then Israel in recent weeks to preach his message of Muslim tolerance, revealed… More ▸

  • Jews and Power

    The Jewish culture folks over at Nextbook are putting on the latest installment of their Festivals of Ideas series Sunday in New York. Among the literati lined up to talk about Jews and Power: Cynthia Ozick, Shalom Auslander, Ruth Wisse, and Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Nowhere on the Web page, however, is it noted the irony… More ▸

  • A brief interview with Nathan Englander

    Nathan Englander today at the President’s Conference JTA’s Israel correspondent Dina Kraft speaks with author Nathan Englander who participated in a panel discussion on Jewish literature today at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem. [audio:/images/archive/051408_kraft_englander.mp3] Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Commander of Exodus, Yossi Harel, Dies at 90

    On Monday, a white-haired former shipmate propped a gold-fringed, pale blue flag of the legendary Exodus ship next to the coffin of its commander, Yossi Harel. A short distance away sparkled the azure Mediterranean Sea, whose waters Harel sailed four times on clandestine journeys between 1945 and 1948, bringing a total of 24,000 Holocaust survivors… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A reprint of the famous of Sarajevo Haggadah made its debut at the Bosnian capital’s national theater. The publisher, Rabic book house, reprinted the Sarajevo Haggadah in Bosnian and English and presented it Saturday. The original Sarajevo Haggadah was written by an unknown author in Barcelona, Spain, between 1350 and 1370. The Haggadah was known… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An overflow crowd stood outside a suburban New York synagogue for the funeral service of its prominent rabbi and rebbetzin killed in a fast-moving house fire. Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein, the religious leader of the Young Israel of Scarsdale, and his wife, Deborah, were killed in the middle of the night Saturday. Their service was held… More ▸