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Allison Benedikt's Mean-Spirited and Shameful Column

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We Jews know what a blood libel is. It captures false accusations that Jews are culpable for deaths they did not commit or are in no way responsible ...

My Teenage Daughter's In Israel, And I'm A Bundle Of Nerves

Deborah Gaines | Posted 07.11.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

My daughter is in Israel on Birthright this week, along with 3,500 other Jewish kids who thought it would be cool to get a free 10-day trip to a place where you can ride camels and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. They didn't plan to be the target of more than 400 Hamas-fired missiles, or to experience their first air raid sirens, or to run from the pool at their kibbutz hotel to a nearby bomb shelter as white contrails streaked the sky.

Bar Mitzva in Judea and Samaria

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We've decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha.

4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

Jerry Silverman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.

Connecting To Your Heritage Through Food

Udi Urman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Taste
Udi Urman

Clearly Shefi is just one example of young people who find their connection to their heritage through food, and no surprise that the Center for Jewish History is jumping on the bandwagon.

Mazel Tov! Birthright Israel Has Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion

Mazel Tov, Birthright! More than 400 people got so much naches last Thursday (Oct. 18) as the organization -- also known as Taglit, in Hebrew -- ma...

Sheldon Adelson Is Buying the 2012 Election, But He Bought Your Birthright Friends a Long Time Ago

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Stephen Robert Morse

I remember when I learned that a Las Vegas casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, was donating $20 million to Birthright Israel. I didn't think too much about who Adelson was at the time, and he most certainly wasn't known as the the polarizing far-right wing zealot that he is today.

What Inspired A Hollywood Executive To Bring CSI To Israel?

Anav Silverman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Anav Silverman

Her work in the entertainment industry in LA has allowed her to promote Israel through pop culture in a variety of projects ranging from indie and documentary films to organizing celebrity trips to the country.

Confessions Of A Free!aholic

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 07.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

I confess! I am a freeaholic. What is a freeaholic? I am addicted to offering things to other people for free. But there is no such things as a free lunch, so it is time to look at my own behavior.

Bending Foreign Policy: AIPAC's Education Arm Spent $2 Million on One-Sided Congressional Trips to Israel in 2011

Suzanne Merkelson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Merkelson

The enormous resources AIPAC marshals in pursuit of its goals, including for extensive overseas trips for legislators, drown out other voices and make it difficult for Members of Congress to hear other points of view about how to foster a peaceful Middle East and protect U.S. security.

Zionism Yesterday and Today

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Anav Silverman

The return to the Jewish homeland has always been a dream that has inspired the Jewish people for thousands of years. It is a dream that many continue to seek to make a reality, and for those that it is a reality, like the young generation of Israel today, it must never be taken for granted.

Rebirthing Birthright

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.17.2011 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In life we all search for a place called home, an identity, and a place to belong. No Jewish organization on earth provides it more inspirationally than Birthright. Still, it can be made better. Here is how.

'One Jewish People' Takes Work

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

I wish I could provide a happy ending to the story. I can't. The divide is great. Much work needs to be done and Siach was an important first step. But there is a seed of hope

Birthright Citizenship Under Siege in the Promised Land and the Home of the Brave

Eli Y. Adashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eli Y. Adashi

One cannot help but note an eerie similarity between the birthright debates raging in the US and the State of Israel. Both nations are badly in need of resetting their immigration policies in the face of a rapidly globalizing planet.

The Jewish State and the Jewish Diaspora

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edgar M. Bronfman

Even as American Jewry extends its political support to Israel, we should never stop questioning how we can make a "better Israel" a reality.

Billionaire Philanthropist Michael Steinhardt Condemns Jewish Leadership

Steven I. Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steven I. Weiss

Click here to watch in High Definition (HD) Billionaire philanthropist Michael Steinhardt delivered a bold speech indicting Jewish leadership for n...