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Millennial Bundism: An Interview with Isabel Frey

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INTRODUCTION Isabel Frey is a Vien­na-based activist and musi­cian who recent­ly released a debut album, Mil­len­ni­al Bundist. Faith Hillis recent­ly caught up with Frey on Zoom to ask about mil­len­ni­als’ redis­cov­ery of the Bund, the place of Yid­dish...
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Gilad Erdan talks with David Jackson of the Philos Project while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil-rights demonstrations. Credit: Southern Jewish Life.

In first US tour, Israel’s envoy embarks on ‘personal journey’ along civil-rights trail

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For his first American tour after being named Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Gilad Erdan said he wanted to make a “personal journey, listening and learning about the history and the incredible contribution...
Former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends the launch of the Yamina Party campaign, on Feb. 12, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Bennett nixes joining coalition led by Netanyahu or Lapid

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Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett on Wednesday reiterated that he will not back Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or join the center-left bloc of Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid after the March 23 elections. With...
A United Hatzalah medical team in Tzfat checks its gear as Israel prepares for an impending storm, Feb.16, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

United Hatzalah to suspend volunteers who decline vaccination

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Eli Beer, founder and president of United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest volunteer-based emergency medical service, ordered all chapter heads nationwide—Jewish, Muslim and Christian, both secular and religious—to make sure that all of the volunteers in their...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's arraignment hearing at the Jerusalem District Court on May 24, 2020. Photo by Amit Shabi/POOL.

Jerusalem District court schedules next Netanyahu hearing for April 5

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The Jerusalem District Court said on Monday that it would start hearing witnesses in the corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 5, after the March 23 general election. Netanyahu, the first...
Israeli children dressed in costume arrive at school in Sderot ahead of the Purim holiday, Feb. 24, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Cabinet approves Purim curfew to head off COVID-19 outbreak

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Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a nighttime curfew for the Purim holiday weekend in an attempt to forestall a spike in COVID-19 infections due to parties and gatherings. Starting Thursday night, the eve of...
Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaking on Aug. 3, 2016. Credit: Tim Brown/U.S. State Department.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as next US ambassador to UN

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The U.S. Senate confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tuesday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The final vote was 78-20. The 35-year veteran diplomat and Louisiana native will arrive in the backdrop of U.S. President Joe...
A woman holds a sign opposing anti-Semitism at a rally. Credit: AndriiKoval/Shutterstock.

AJC, National Association of Attorneys General to hold training session on anti-Semitism

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The American Jewish Committee and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will partner for a virtual training session on Wednesday about combating anti-Semitism in the United States. The AJC-led session, titled “The People v. Hate:...

Register now for a Quick, Intense, Fun dose of Yiddish: YAAANA Intensiv

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Dear Friends, I will be teaching an Advanced Yiddish class online, March 1- 4, 2021 at YAAANA'S Spring Intensive Yiddish Program. Description: This class is for students with more than two years of Yiddish language study...
The Hohe Weide Synagogue in Hamburg, Germany. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Hamburg public prosecutor blames mental illness for attack on Jewish student

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The American Jewish Committee is demanding the Hamburg public prosecutor’s office to reconsider its ruling that an anti-Semitic attack on a German Jewish student was due to mental illness. Last October, a 26-year-old German Jewish student wearing...