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  • For Aipac, Congressional Trips Are Effective Way to Boost Israel

    The next time Rep. Jim Langevin steps into the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a matter concerning Israel, no background briefing will be as valuable as what he experienced earlier this month. Visiting Israeli towns that border the West Bank, the second-term Democrat from Rhode Island said he saw for himself how the… More ▸

  • Once Dismissed As Small-time, Shinui Shows Relevance on Prisoner Releases

    Even after Shinui became the third-largest party in Israel in last January’s Knesset elections, shrewd political observers tended to dismiss its electoral success as a flash in the pan. Not anymore. After months of being derided as a passing fad with little substance, Shinui, whose name means "change," now really does seem to be making… More ▸

  • Closure of Israeli Consulates in Brazil Leaves Jews Dismayed

    First it happened in Rio de Janeiro. Now it’s happening in Sao Paulo. In the space of less than a year, Israel has decided to close its two consulates in Brazil. Its embassy in Brasilia, the capital, will remain open. The latest consulate closure, in Brazil’s largest city, is generating considerable concern among Sao Paulo’s… More ▸

  • First Person Without Guilt, Israelis Ask: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Stand your ground. Don’t give an inch. Above all: Don’t abandon ship. So go the axioms ingrained in Israeli children from preschool onwards. As a newcomer, this was the strongest unifying emotion I found permeating the Israeli mythos. In the new Israeli society, whose very existence depended upon proof of physical presence, the cardinal sin… More ▸

  • Obituary Robert St. John, Non-jewish Writer Who Backed Israel, Dies at Age of 100

    Robert St. John, a journalist, author and tireless supporter of Israel, died Feb. 6 near Washington at age 100. During a 75-year career in which he worked on five continents, St. John chronicled World War II and befriended Israel’s founding fathers. An eloquent non-Jewish spokesman for Jewish causes, he maintained close ties with the Jewish… More ▸

  • After Threats and Postponements, Pro-israel Scholar Allowed to Speak

    The struggle on college campuses between supporters and opponents of Israel is far from over, but administrators at some universities already are learning its lessons. Four months after pro-Palestinian rioters at Montreal’s Concordia University forced the cancellation of a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, administrators at Toronto’s York University took swift action… More ▸

  • Meeting in London, Women Rabbis Find Similarities Cut Across Borders

    The 100 women who gathered in London for a conference on female rabbis may have come from different countries, but they found that they face many of the same challenges. The four-day conference of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, which ended Wednesday, was the first held outside the United States, demonstrating the growing number and importance… More ▸

  • At Huge Jewish Dance Festival in Brazil, Life’s Nothing but a Hora

    Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim. Brazil is not usually considered to be one of the worldwide centers of cultural Jewish life. But the country recently hosted what is believed to be the largest Jewish dance festival outside Israel. The 22nd annual Carmel Festival gathered 83 dance groups, comprising some 2,500 dancers, from Brazil, the United States… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture at Huge Jewish Dance Festival in Brazil, Life’s Nothing but a Hora

    Mayim, mayim, mayim, mayim. Brazil is not usually considered to be one of the worldwide centers of cultural Jewish life. But the country recently hosted what is believed to be the largest Jewish dance festival outside Israel. The 22nd annual Carmel Festival gathered 83 dance groups, comprising some 2,500 dancers, from Brazil, the United States… More ▸