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IJN to re-launch its website, June 1

THE INTERMOUNTAIN Jewish News is re-launching its digital presence next week, with many significant new features, announces IJN Assistant Publisher Shana R. Goldberg.

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, IJN executive editor, says:

“Consistent with our long history of innovation, this advanced digital presence pushes the IJN into the journalistic age of multiple platforms.”

The site,, is scheduled to re-launch on Wednesday, June 1.

New features include:


Liberman: Warmonger or humanitarian?

Liberman: Warmonger or humanitarian?WASHINGTON — Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge. But Israel’s one-time foreign minister and maybe-next defense minister is not quite the cartoon he’s made out to be — OK, the cartoon he at times seems determined to make himself out to be.

Debate in Detroit: Who is BDS?

Debate in Detroit: Who is BDS?DETROIT — For the second year in a row, the Detroit area’s Walk for Israel has rebuffed the sponsorship of left-wing pro-Israel groups because of their support for boycotting settlements. At the heart of the dispute is a question of definitions: Is support of a boycott targeting Jewish enterprises beyond Israel’s 1967 borders the same as backing the blanket economic and cultural boycott of Israel called for by the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement?...

Diana Zeff Anderson is new JEWISHcolorado board chair

Diana Zeff Anderson is new JEWISHcolorado board chairDiana Zeff Anderson has been named chair of JEWISHcolorado’s board of directors. Anderson, who is now the organization’s Israel engagement committee chair, will begin her two-year term on July 1, 2016. Anderson assumes the role from Amy Toltz-Miller, who has served as board chair since July, 2014.

Miriam's milestone: IJN Editor & Publisher marks a century

Miriam's milestone: IJN Editor & Publisher marks a centuryMiriam Bertha Harris Goldberg, IJN editor and publisher, turns 100 as we go to press on Wednesday, May 18. In honor of this milestone, the IJN asked a few of her many friends and admirers to share brief recollections of a woman who has been called a matriarch of the community.
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US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism is on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Arab-Israeli wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab Israeli ballet dancer has won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Tran Israel” in Tel Aviv on Friday, the Jerusale... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

Spelling bee champ nails obscure Yiddish word en route to victory

Gabe Friedman The final of the nation’s most prestigious spelling bee took a Yiddish turn Thursday night. Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Jairam Hathwar, a 13-year-old from Corning, New York, was asked to ... [Link]

Crash kills three workers at Jewish camp in Pennsylvania

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — Three staff members of a Jewish summer camp in eastern Pennsylvania were killed when the van they were traveling in lost control and drove into a drainage pond near the camp just before ... [Link]

Survey: Majority of Israeli Jews support equality for Reform movement

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly two thirds of Israeli Jewish respondents surveyed said that Reform Judaism deserves rights equal to those afforded to Orthodox Judaism. The Midgam polling agency survey of 500... [Link]

Netanyahu lashes out at media, politicians over alleged gang rape by Palestinians

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for harshly criticizing Israel’s media and political class for not condemning an alleged rape of a young Jewish woman by three... [Link]

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