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  • The creator of ‘BoJack Horseman’ comes from a home of funny Jews

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — While growing up in Palo Alto, Raphael Bob-Waksberg was a serious consumer of popular culture. He would watch TV for hours on end and view movies over and over until he memorized them. In particular, he was a huge fan of “The Simpsons.” “We used…

  • Young scientists from Japan to Colorado get taste of Israel at summer program

    This story is sponsored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. REHOVOT, Israel — One hot day this summer, 18-year-old Aleix Segui of Barcelona walked around an academic campus in this central Israeli city wearing a gray T-shirt with a mathematical equation on the front. The meaning of the shirt’s cryptic message would be lost on…

  • Four years after 3 Israeli yeshiva boys were kidnapped and killed, their families find a new normal

    This story is sponsored by OneFamily. JERUSALEM — It’s easy to spot Iris Yifrach as she walks through the crowds in a packed shopping mall in central Israel. And it’s not just because she’s wearing a bright yellow blouse and matching headscarf. Yifrach has been a public figure since June 2014, when her 19-year-old son, Eyal, was…

  • ‘The Israel Bible’ highlights Jewish links to Land of Israel

    This story is sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. JERUSALEM — In 1903, American evangelist and Christian Zionist William E. Blackstone sent Theodor Herzl a personal Bible. It was a gift with a specific message. Blackstone had heard that at the Sixth Zionist Congress Herzl had proposed a territory in East Africa as a haven for…

  • An eye doctor who moved to Israel is now making a difference in Africa

    This story is sponsored by Nefesh B’Nefesh. RAANANA, Israel — In August 2014, Dr. Morris Hartstein went on a trip to Gondar, Ethiopia, where thousands of Ethiopians seeking to immigrate to Israel live and wait while Israel considers their eligibility to make aliyah. On his second day there, Hartstein showed up for the afternoon mincha service and saw more…

  • How a Norwegian-American immigrant is helping calm Israelis’ nerves

    This story is sponsored by Nefesh B’Nefesh. JERUSALEM — Like many Israelis, David Ross starts his morning with a strong cup of Turkish coffee with cardamom. But then the rest of his day is all about tea — specifically the locally sourced herbal tea company he started after immigrating to Israel from the United States three years ago….

  • How an Oregon-born immigrant to Israel found a job giving tours of Hamas tunnels

    This story is sponsored by Nefesh B’Nefesh. TEL AVIV – Capt. Libby Weiss spent most of the summer of 2014 in a Hamas tunnel, and she wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Israel’s military captured the tunnel, which extended from Gaza into Israel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, during Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza. As a…

  • Youth group adviser sues OU over unpaid overtime

    A youth group adviser from California has brought a class-action suit against her employer, the Orthodox Union.

  • ‘Being Erica’ TV character transfixes Toronto Jews

    The character — a bright and attractive Jewish woman in her early 30s living in a hip neighborhood in downtown Toronto — resonates with many young Canadian Jews who see in her something of themselves. But the Jewish portrayal of Erica does have its critics.