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Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala (D-Fla.). Credit: Donna Shalala via Facebook.
Donna Shalala, 77, is no stranger to politics or the relationship between the United States and Israel. She served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, where she traveled to Israel and helped researchers there obtain grants from the National Institutes of Health, in addition to assisting with other initiatives inside the Jewish state. She then...
The Arthurs Road synagogue in Cape Town was set ablaze on Dec. 4, 2018, destroying four Torah scrolls. Credit: Screenshot.
Torah scrolls worth more than half a million dollars were burned and damaged in a fire on Tuesday night at the Arthurs Road synagogue in Cape Town, South Africa, the congregation’s rabbi, Sam Thurgood, announced on Wednesday. The fire enabled the fall of the roof at what was a Dutch church that was transformed into a synagogue about six decades...
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Stephen Greenberg (L) and Executive Vice President Malcolm Hoenlein (R) meeting with United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan, on February 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of COPMAJO.
Three years ago, the small Jewish community in Dubai founded the first synagogue in the city, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. The community, including Jewish citizens of other countries who deal in finance, law, energy, and diamonds, rented a villa in a quiet residential area where they would pray. The building also has a kosher kitchen and a few bedrooms for...
Although she is not the first woman to hold office (before Rosario Robles did it on an interim basis between 1999 and 2000), she is the first to gain access to the mayor's office through popular vote. With 56 years and a rather sober style - she is rarely seen smiling at a public event that almost always comes with...
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Bimbo Bakeries USA, which owns many of the nationally distributed bread and bun brands in the United States, including Arnold’s, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Stroehmann, Freihofer’s and Entenmann’s, have recently made decisions to drop the world’s largest kosher symbol, the OU (Orthodox Union) certification, for many of its products. Maintaining kosher and non-kosher manufacturing lines, some Arnold’s breads and several...
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir flanked by his wife, Shulamit, and a hostess lighting Hanukkah candles on their return flight from Washington, on Feb. 12,1983. Credit: GPO.
Hanukkah reminds the Jewish people of their dedication to faith, and of their eternal right and connection to the land of Israel. During 25 years of battles, 2,200 years ago (166 BCE–139 BCE), a tiny band of a few thousand Jewish Maccabees defended the land of Israel, beat back repeated onslaughts from the highly equipped, 50,000-man Syrian-Greek invading armies, and...
A replica of the Jewish Temple's menorah, made by The Temple Institute in Israel. Credit: The Temple Institute, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem via Wikimedia Commons.
U.S. President Donald Trump released a statement wishing Jews a “blessed and happy Hanukkah” in honor of the first of eight lights lit on Sunday night. “Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel and around the world celebrating Hanukkah,” he said. “For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will...
Young Israelis light candles for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at a bar in Tel Aviv on Dec. 8, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.
A new study reveals that Hanukkah holds different levels of importance to Israeli Jews than American Jews, and highlights disparities in participation between Jews in the two countries. According to the newest Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) report, while just 38 percent of Israeli Jews consider Hanukkah to be “one of the three most important holidays” on the Jewish calendar,...
Anatoly Altman
Former Prisoner of Zion Anatoly Altman, one of a group of Jews arrested by Soviet officials for attempting to hijack a plane to Israel, died on Thursday in Haifa. He was 77 years old. Born in Ukraine, Altman was tried for “treason against the homeland” in 1970 after he and several other Russian Jews were arrested by the KGB at...
A collage of Hanukkah crafts projects for children. Credit: Pinterest.
Despite Hanukkah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play—pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls how while growing up in a secular Jewish household, his parents made an extra effort to give Hanukkah gifts every night. Sometimes they needed to get creative, like wrapping socks or delivering a...

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