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Daily Archives: April 20, 2021

On 78th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Virtual Gathering

Each April 19th, we gather at the stone in the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Plaza in Riverside Park to mark the anniversary of the single greatest instance of Jewish armed resistance to the Holocaust with...
Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. Credit: Pixabay.

Backyard barbecue at home with the fire pit

This year, Lag B’Omer will perhaps be more joyful than ever before. As we head into late spring, along with bursts of sunshine and increasing numbers of those vaccinated, families and friends, feeling a...
Salt formations on the Dead Sea shore, July 7, 2020. Photo by Mila Aviv/Flash90.

Can a magnificent art museum help save the dying Dead Sea?

When 1,200 Israelis posed nude at the Dead Sea for American art photographer Spencer Tunick in 2011, project initiator Ari Leon Fruchter hoped the eye-popping images would start a wave of activism to save the unique saltwater...
Construction on the new border wall system project near Yuma, Ariz., June 3, 2020. Credit: Jerry Glaser, U.S. Government Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Why is HIAS seeking to make America’s border crisis even worse?

Over the weekend, President Joe Biden finally conceded that what was happening at America’s southern border is a “crisis,” a word that his administration had consistently refused to use when referring to the situation...

Holocaust remembrance in a Muslim country

Marking Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day in an Arab country would once have been considered unthinkable. Yet this is exactly what a group of us did on April 7 at the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai. The...
Townhouses in New York City's Upper West Side. Credit: Tupungato/Shutterstock.

Aide for New York city council candidate says Upper West Side ‘too Jewish and...

The campaign manager for a Democratic New York City Council candidate said last week that Manhattan’s Upper West Side is too white and Jewish, the New York Post reported. Quinn Mootz, who is Jewish, serves as campaign...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Asatur Yesayants/Shutterstock.

Iranian president: We have cut off the hands of those behind Natanz ‘nuclear terrorism’

Iran has “chopped off the hands” of those responsible for the April 11 blast at its Natanz nuclear facility by activating advanced centrifuges and starting to enrich uranium to 60 percent, said Iranian President...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset on April 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Likud loses key Knesset vote, as opponents seek to replace Netanyahu

Israel’s ruling Likud Party lost a key Knesset vote on Monday, giving opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a narrow majority in a newly formed Arrangements Committee. The committee sets the parliamentary agenda...
Manhattan, New York City, Aug. 14, 2015. Credit: Ivan2010 via Wikimedia Commons.

Twenty-One Israeli unicorns now call New York City home

Following a flurry of investment activity in recent months, New York is now home to 21 Israeli-founded unicorns—privately held companies valued at $1 billion or more—according to the United States-Israel Business Alliance. Each of...
An overweight person weighs in. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli scientists find brain’s ‘hunger switch’

When Hebrew University of Jerusalem medical student Hadar Israeli studied a family with multiple members suffering from severe obesity and plagued with constant hunger, she found that they all shared a common mutation affecting...