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A turning point for American Jews

This may be the most significant turning point since the 1930s, when US Jews failed to mobilize a communal response to the Holocaust. Opinion.

A turning point for American Jews

Chicago day school organizes special trip to Israel

How this Jewish Chicago day school pulled off a last-minute, multi-generational Israel service trip.

Chicago day school organizes special trip to Israel

Survey:

Majority of US Jews see Israel's actions in Gaza as 'acceptable'

JPPI’s Voice of the Jewish People Index survey reveals: Campus protests heighten sense of anti-Jewish discrimination in US, while Jewish support for President Biden holds strong.

Majority of US Jews see Israel's actions in Gaza as 'acceptable'

Silence Is despicable: History Is repeating itself

The Jewish people are strong and we must teach our kids in America to be strong today, and show them pride and power. Israeli kids know that. Opinion.

Silence Is despicable: History Is repeating itself

Anti-Defamation League:

New Record in antisemitic incidents in the US

A massive spike was recorded after the events of October 7; the number of campus incidents tripled, threats to blow up Jewish institutions increased tenfold.

New Record in antisemitic incidents in the US

Report reveals:

American Jews donated more since 7/10 than during the Six Day War

Donations to Israel since Oct. 7 top $1.4 billion, Israeli government report concludes.

American Jews donated more since 7/10 than during the Six Day War

These last names help locate US Jewish communities

The secret list of 29 names that helps pollsters find American Jews.

These last names help locate US Jewish communities

Despite admin's opposition

Majority of US Jews support Rafah operation

A poll by JPPI found that American Jews are in consensus about the need for Israel to operate in Rafah. A majority also says Senator Chuck Schumer had no place to call for elections in Israel.

Majority of US Jews support Rafah operation

New poll shows:

Most Muslims don't notice discrimination against Jews

Most Americans and nearly all American Jews say antisemitism has risen since Oct. 7, survey finds.

Most Muslims don't notice discrimination against Jews

Major US Jewish groups object to federal security funding cuts

'These funds are not just grants; they are lifelines that have fortified vital institutions against hate and violence,' Jewish groups stress.

Major US Jewish groups object to federal security funding cuts

In the Catskills, once-bustling Nevele Grande Hotel burns down

The Borscht Belt is burning: In the Catskills, abandoned resorts keep catching fire.

In the Catskills, once-bustling Nevele Grande Hotel burns down

US lawmakers propose:

Museum on history of American Jewry to join Smithsonian

US Jewish history museum may become part of the Smithsonian 4 years after surviving bankruptcy.

Museum on history of American Jewry to join Smithsonian

A soldier’s perspective on World Jewry

The greatest boost of strength I can receive as a soldier is the knowledge that what I’m doing is inspiring those around me to want to take part in what we’re building as well. Op-ed.

A soldier’s perspective on World  Jewry

Rabbi Matisyahu Chaim Salomon, BMG mashgiach, passes away

US Jewry mourns passing of Rabbi Matisyahu Chaim Salomon, mashgiach of Lakewood's Bais Medrash Govoha.

Rabbi Matisyahu Chaim Salomon, BMG mashgiach, passes away

Newly-minted Hall of Famer:

'A Jew can be literally anything if we set our mind to it'

Maxwell Jacob Friedman — the latest pro wrestler in the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame — is glad to be seen as a strong Jew.

'A Jew can be literally anything if we set our mind to it'

Illinois:

Program that helped families with day school tuition ends

Illinois tax credit program for private schools set to end, upsetting Jewish advocates.

Program that helped families with day school tuition ends

Tens of thousands arrive in Washington ahead of pro-Israel rally

Planes, trains and bus caravans: Ahead of mass pro-Israel rally, tens of thousands of Jews are descending on Washington.

Tens of thousands arrive in Washington ahead of pro-Israel rally

On National Mall:

Jewish organizations announce march for Israel

Event will bring together communities from across USA, show strong solidarity with Israel, & demand immediate release of remaining hostages.

Jewish organizations announce march for Israel

'Beading our way through pain'

Ohio's donation to Israel's Gaza border communities

In Columbus, Ohio, Jews and non-Jews raise over $20,000, selling homemade bracelets to help locate missing and kidnapped & support families.

Ohio's donation to Israel's Gaza border communities

American/Israeli Jews’s MAD: mutually assured delusion

When I began to sift through the has-been Israeli generals’ and politicians’ double-speak I undersood that they were total frauds. Opinion.

American/Israeli Jews’s MAD: mutually assured delusion

Communal effort:

Planeload of donated medical supplies arrives in Israel

El Al Dreamliner carrying first aid gear, medical equipment donated by Jews across the USA.

Planeload of donated medical supplies arrives in Israel

The Top 3 Cities for Thriving Jewish Communities

What cities in the US are the best places for Jewish families to settle down?

The Top 3 Cities for Thriving Jewish Communities

Rhode Island: Judge okays eviction of Touro Synagogue tenants

NY congregation can evict tenants of historic Touro Synagogue, Rhode Island judge rules.

Rhode Island: Judge okays eviction of Touro Synagogue tenants

Judea-Samaria Is forever, but Modern Orthodoxy in America is not

While Israel is secure and forever, peril faces American Jewry. The fault lines extend into “Modern Orthodoxy”:Op-ed.

Judea-Samaria Is forever, but Modern Orthodoxy in America is not

Where are the 20 and 30-year olds?

Where is the generation of American Jewry that is expected to be leaders? Where’s their vision for the future? Their ideology? Op-ed.

Where are the 20 and 30-year olds?

Yankees outfielder credits Jewish father for career success

Yankee Harrison Bader talks baseball over matzah ball soup and pastrami at Liebman’s Deli.

Yankees outfielder credits Jewish father for career success

New study: Hebrew school enrollment down by nearly half

Hebrew school enrollment across US down by nearly half since 2006, report says.

New study: Hebrew school enrollment down by nearly half

Op-Ed

How blind can we be?

Jew-hatred is clearly sprayed on the wall in grafitti. Open your eyes, Diaspora Jewry. Op-ed.

How blind can we be?

What the rioting left fails to see

The attempted criminalization of Israel and Jews will continue even if the judiciary’s power is limited.Op-ed.

What the rioting left fails to see

Op-ed:

5 ways US Jews can help Israel, by helping ourselves

While Israel has many challenges and flaws, a sober look at the dissipating state of American Jewry should evoke even greater alarm. Op-ed.

5 ways US Jews can help Israel, by helping ourselves

A Hanukkah Carol

From the ghost of Hanukkah past all the way to the ghost of Hanukkah future, an American Jew has a look at American Jewry today Story.

A Hanukkah Carol

In memory of Rabbi Chaim Druckman

He taught the generation he shepherded that light would emerge from tribulation just as dawn follows the deep darkness of night.Op-ed.

In memory of Rabbi Chaim Druckman

Judging a Court by its system: Interview with MK Simcha Rothman

Answers to crucial questions, such as how the Israeli justice system differs from the American one. Interview.

Judging a Court by its system: Interview with MK  Simcha Rothman

Life in the “Jewish Twilight Zone”

The phrase “Jewish Twilight Zone” signifies that threats to Jewish life simultaneously represent a warning signal to society at large.Op-ed.

Life in the “Jewish Twilight Zone”

A new security device might help prevent synagogue attacks

New security measures for Orthodox synagogues will alert them to threats, even on Shabbat.

A new security device might help prevent synagogue attacks

Will the Jewish establishment finally debate its critics?

America’s Jewish leaders have failed and must be held accountable.The fundamental reason is delusional, utopian thinking Op-ed.

Will the Jewish establishment finally debate its critics?

Rav Yitzchok Hutner's Relationships with America's Gedolim

Part three of The Changing of an Era. (Links to previous parts at the beginning of the article.) Note: "Gedolim" refers to Great Rabbis.

Rav Yitzchok Hutner's Relationships with America's Gedolim

Survey of Jewish LA reveals growing, more engaged community

When the results of the population survey of Jewish LA came in, Rabbi Noah Farkas was stunned by the data on Jewish identity and affiliation

Survey of Jewish LA reveals growing, more engaged community

Jewish voters, what will it take to wake you up?

Democrat Jews, do you see the handwriting on the wall? It is being written in your Israeli brothers' blood. Op-ed.

Jewish voters, what will it take to wake you up?

Interactive website aims to expand knowledge of US Jewry

Introduced during Jewish American Heritage Month, updated platform advances aims to cultivate closer Israel-American Jewry ties.

Interactive website aims to expand knowledge of US Jewry

Arabs in Israel, Jews in America

Jews never will be equal in America as Jews. As people, yes. As Jews, never. Arabs will feel that way in Israel. It's not surprising. Op-ed.

Arabs in Israel, Jews in America

How a small town family shaped my views on the Jewish Community

A courageous voice for the tolerance and noble purpose that made America great and that should characterize its leaders. Op-ed.

How a small town family shaped my views on the Jewish Community

Holiday memories

We all feel that it is not only those who are present that are commemorating the holiday, but also those who are no longer with us,

Holiday memories

The Jews of Key West: Making a home again in Margaritaville

Low crime, high tourism, and a quiet life: Why some Jews from New York, Chicago, and northern Florida are looking into Key West.

The Jews of Key West: Making a home again in Margaritaville

'If you’re connected to Judaism, you’ll be connected to Israel'

Arutz Sheva speaks with Dr. Irwin Leibowitz, the co-chair of the Am Echad organization.

'If you’re connected to Judaism, you’ll be connected to Israel'

Can Orthodoxy Save American Jews—or even itself in the USA?

American Jews seem well on their way to withering into a white-dwarf star of a community.  One with far less status than before. Op-ed.

Can Orthodoxy Save American Jews—or even itself in the USA?

Does Torah Jewry have a future in America?

It's hard to imagine what kind of future Jews can hope to have in America, even without the mob violence and anti-Semitic pogroms. Op-ed.

Does Torah Jewry have a future in America?

Why are US Jewish groups silent about anti-Semitism in Congress?

Major Jewish organizations cannot sit by and let The Squad and other anti-Semites dominate Congressional discourse. Op-ed.

Why are US Jewish groups silent about anti-Semitism in Congress?

US and Israeli Jews are deeply divided on life and death issues

Our kinfolk in the U.S.are either indifferent or bent on support for a candidate committed to policies helping Israel's enemies. Op-ed.

US and Israeli Jews are deeply divided on life and death issues

At the pinnacle of division, an opportunity for Jewish unity

The 2020 election highlighted the deep political divide between US and Israeli Jews - but it can also be an opportunity for unity. Op-ed.

At the pinnacle of division, an opportunity for Jewish unity

Former Druze minister says American Jewry 'betrayed Trump'

Ayoub Kara: 'Betrayal' by American Jewry of Israel-lover Trump reminds me of recurring phenomenon; time for soul-searching.'

Former Druze minister says American Jewry 'betrayed Trump'

Suggestion to Israel: Forget about the Jews of America

Whether the next president is Trump or Biden, we in Israel must face up to the fact that most US Jews voted against Israel. Op-ed.

Suggestion to Israel: Forget about the Jews of America

Study: US Jews more like to get coronavirus than other Americans

Pew study finds 10% US Jews test positive for coronavirus antibodies compared to just 2% of the general population.

Study: US Jews more like to get coronavirus than other Americans

Leading religious groups urge community to stay home

Orthodox Jewish groups sign joint statement calling on Jewish community to stay home, comply with health guidelines.

Leading religious groups urge community to stay home

Could I be responsible for Israel's destruction?

Could I be responsible for Israel's destruction?  

Letter from a confused Jew

Letter from a confused Jew

Study: Vast majority of American Jews are pro-Israel

Ruderman Family Foundation survey shows 80% of American Jews are pro-Israel, but see politics, institutional conduct, as cause for concern.

Study: Vast majority of American Jews are pro-Israel

Putting US Jewry on notice

Putting US Jewry on notice

Study: American Jewish population rises to 7.5 million

New study out of Brandeis University finds US home to largest number of Jews - roughly 800,000 more than in Israel.

Study: American Jewish population rises to 7.5 million

American Jewry in total denial

American Jewry in total denial