Posts Tagged ‘USA’


Rethinking Israel-World Jewry Relations

editor 4 August 2017

By Jose V. Ciprut.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 534, July 19, 2017. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Much is being written against the ultra-orthodox fiat over prayer and conversion in Israel, emphasizing the potential consequences if the US “diaspora” were to take offence and become irreversibly alienated. But the US is not Israel’s periphery. American Jewry is not Israel’s diaspora, and no Jew in the US lives in exile. [Photo top right: Context map; Wikipedia Commons](more…)


An Up-and-Coming Musical Theater Star’s Crash Course in Yiddish

editor 12 July 2017

By Marjorie Ingall.. Or: How to act in a foreign language you don’t speak, while simultaneously singing and dancing. Stephanie Lynne Mason has luminous eyes as huge and dark as an anime character’s. “I’m not gonna lie,” she told me with a sigh, “I had a total meltdown the other night. I just sat there sobbing at my keyboard for about 15 minutes. This show feels like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time.” (more…)


On July 4th – A Memory that Lives Forever

editor 6 July 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. On July 4th, 1976, my parents took us to watch the tall ships gracefully sailing down the Hudson River. We were on the New Jersey side…and as each ship came into view, there were cheers from both sides of the river. My eyes watched the ships, but my mind and heart were thousands of miles away. In Entebbe, Jewish hostages were being held. (more…)


Want a Jewish Future? Forget Emotion and Look at the Numbers

editor 1 July 2017

By Jonathan S. Tobin.. – In early 2014, I joined a group of Jewish scholars and writers who gathered to ponder the startling statistics contained in the Pew Research Center’s recently published “A Portrait of Jewish Americans.” The intent was to try and mobilize the Jewish community to respond to a survey confirming that rates of intermarriage and assimilation had risen to a level that threatened the future of non-Orthodox Jewish life in this country. [Photo top right: A group of Jewish students at a pro-Israel lecture. Photo: Twitter].  (more…)


Linda Sarsour and the progressive zeitgeist

editor 5 June 2017

By Caroline Glick.. In US academic tradition, university administrators choose commencement speakers they believe embody the zeitgeist of their institutions and as such, will be able to inspire graduating students to take that spirit with them into the world outside. In this context, it makes perfect sense that Ayman El-Mohandes, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at City University of New York (CUNY), invited Linda Sarsour to serve as commencement speaker at his faculty’s graduation ceremony. (more…)


As a Teenager, Esther Begam Survived the Holocaust. Now, at 88, She’s a High School Graduate.

editor 30 May 2017

By Miranda Cooper.. ‘I finally made something out of me’. During her adolescence, Esther Begam lost her entire family in the Holocaust. More than seven decades later, she has received one life milestone the Nazis denied her: a high school diploma. This month, in Plymouth, Minnesota, Begam symbolically graduated alongside the class of 2017 at Wayzata High School, in Plymouth, Minnesota. (more…)


Netanyahu Welcomes U.S. Ambassador Friedman to Jerusalem, “Our Eternal Capital”

editor 20 May 2017

By The Staff.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday (May 16, 2017) welcomed Washington’s new ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to “our eternal capital” Jerusalem. “Welcome. It’s a pleasure to see you and to welcome you to Jerusalem, our eternal capital. I know you went to the Kotel [Western Wall]. It’s deeply appreciated by all our people,” Netanyahu told Friedman. [Photo top right: David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, visits and prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his family upon their arrival in Israel. May 15, 2017. Photo By: Hillel Maeir/TPS]



Announcing the “Congressional Israel Victory Caucus”

editor 3 May 2017

By Middle East Forum.. PHILADELPHIA – April 24, 2017 – Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) will launch the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC) on April 27 at 9 a.m. The caucus’ goal: to introduce a new U.S. approach to Israel-Palestinian relations. Cong. Johnson notes that “Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and the community of nations must accept that Israel has a right to exist – period. (more…)


The Palestinian “Internationalization” Strategy: End of the Road?

editor 23 March 2017

By Amos Yadlin and Kobi Michael.. When the Netanyahu government replaced the Olmert government and Barack Obama assumed the United States presidency, the Palestinians adopted an “internationalization strategy.” This choice reflected the Palestinian skepticism about the possibility of bridging the gaps with Israel and the hope that the international community would accept their tripartite demand: (1) establishment of a Palestinian state (2) on the basis of the 1967 borders (3) with East Jerusalem as its capital. (more…)


World Chess Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members. All of Them Are Jewish.

editor 7 March 2017

By Jonathan Zalman.. Paula Kalmar-Wolf, Alla Kushnir, Viktor Korchnoi, and Edward Lasker will be honored in a March 28 ceremony in St. Louis. The next time you’re in St. Louis—a wonderful city full of ribs and frozen custard and woods and blues—visit the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, housed under one roof just a few blocks from Forest Park. It’s an interesting place with fantastic galleries and a learning center and a quirky gift shop; it’s fun for the whole family, if you’re into the whole chess thing. (more…)


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