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Discover Israel’s Top Year Round Culture Events

Israel is known for its gorgeous and diverse landscapes, its food, its beaches, and its hospitality. But the Land of Milk and Honey also boasts unsurpassable culture, and some amazing events you may not have heard of but absolutely need to incorporate into your travels. Here are our five favorite experiences to entice every palate. [...]

Is U.S. taxpayer money subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs?

Taxpayer dollars in the United States and Israel are subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs, a complaint filed with the New York state Attorney General’s Office alleges. The accusations follow a recent expose by Israel’s Channel 10 about the work of the 13-year-old Israeli nonprofit Honenu, which provides financial support to Jews convicted of or on trial for violence against Palestinians, including [...]

After Freundel scandal, Washington Jewish women reclaim mikvah with mural

WASHINGTON (Washington Jewish Week via JTA) – When prominent Washington rabbi Barry Freundel was arrested last year for secretly videotaping dozens of women using the mikvah adjacent to his Orthodox synagogue, the sense of sacredness of the ritual of mikvah immersion was shattered for some local Jewish women. Local artist Rena Fruchter recently spearheaded a community project to put [...]

Iran deal will pass (or so says the math)

(JTA) – Does the Iran deal have the votes or not? There’s plenty of action on the agreement as lawmakers debate whether to vote with their colleagues, constituents, aides or consciences — or some combination therein. The deal’s chances in Congress With Obama having vowed to veto any disapproval of the deal, both houses of Congress [...]

Reform leaders OK Boy Scouts at synagogues, ending 14-year ban

(JTA) — Reform Jewish leaders lifted a 14-year prohibition against synagogues having Boy Scouts troops. The change of heart announced Aug. 5 came in response to an announcement two days earlier by the Boy Scouts of America that it was canceling its policy of banning gay adults from being scout leaders and other employees. In [...]

Brazil omits Israel from passports of Jerusalem-born citizens

(JTA) — Brazilian passports of citizens who were born in Jerusalem will no longer name Israel as the country of birth. The foreign ministry in Brasilia’s decision to omit Israel from such documents was taken last year, the Brazilian Embassy in Tel Aviv told the Folha de Sao Paulo daily, which published an article on [...]

More than 150 Reform Jewish rabbis are marching with the NAACP

(JTA) — More than 150 Reform Jewish rabbis are marching with the NAACP from the Deep South to the U.S. capital to promote social justice. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis are participating in the NAACP’s Journey for Justice, an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, [...]

Synagogue opens near Brazil’s iconic Ipanema Beach

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) –  An Orthodox synagogue was opened officially a few blocks from the iconic Ipanema Beach in Brazil. Some 1,200 people attended Sunday’s inauguration of the four-story, 440-seat synagogue in Rio de Janeiro named for Edmond Safra, the late Brazilian Jewish billionaire and philanthropist whose foundation funded much of the project. [...]