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Basketball for all in Jerusalem

Basketball for all in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Israel’s first ever basketball league for people with special needs was launched in Jerusalem on Monday, Jan. 11. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat started the game by leading the tip off.

The unique league will enable Israeli basketball players with special needs experience for the first time an officially organized framework of competitive events and games.


Modern twist on the ancient sin of lashon hara

Modern twist on the ancient sin of lashon haraTHIS BOOK, an exploration into lashon hara in contemporary culture, arrives at a very opportune time. The Jewish community has just gone through a fierce battle over the Iran nuclear treaty, in which civility has been the main casualty. Those on one side called the others “Quislings” and “Chamberlains,” and those on the other side called their opponents “warmongers” and “enemies of Israel.” Now that the fight is over and the issue has been resolved, we are faced with the task o...

Book review: The 'real' West Side

Book review: The 'real' West SideBEFORE HE gets down to business in his latest piece-by-piece, neighborhood-focused history of Denver, author Phil Goodstein finds it necessary to explain what specific area he’s concentrating on. Unlike many area Jews, for whom the term “West Side” conjures nostalgic, mostly 20th century memories of a heimische neighborhood along West Colfax, Goodstein employs even older terminology. The West Denver that is the subject of this book dates back to the city’s earliest days, when a merger b...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:55 )


Jerry Seinfeld tours Israel for the first time

Jerry Seinfeld tours Israel for the first timeIN AN episode from Jerry Seinfeld’s latest creation, a web series called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Mel Brooks is eating pastrami in Carl Reiner’s living room and retelling old jokes: “Guy gets hit by a car, little Jewish man, his friend says: ‘Get a pillow! Do something! Put it under his head! All right. Are you comfortable?’ And the guy says: ‘I make a living . . . ’” Laugh out loud — because that is what you do whenever Seinfeld opens his 61-year-old witty mout...

Gift Guide: Alice Borodkin publishes memoir

Gift Guide: Alice Borodkin publishes memoir CHANUKAH EDITION 5776SECTION D PAGE 5 WHEN I was nine, I took dance classes four times a week and danced in the St. Louis Civic Ballet. It was exciting but exhausting. Then there were piano lessons with Mrs. Evans on Delmar, a claustrophobic space that gave me migraines. I also dived on the swimming team. My graceful form and pointed toes drew oohs and ahs until I began repeatedly — intentionally? — scraping my body on the board on my way down. And I wrote, late into the evenings. Writi...

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2015 08:48 )

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Bernie Sanders expects ‘consensus’ on Palestinian rights at Democratic convention

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders said he expected his views on Palestinians rights to be reflected at the Democratic National Convention, and his appointees to the party’s platform draf... [Link]

Teenage mom in Israel says she was harrassed while breastfeeding

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A teenage mother in Israel said she was harassed and assaulted while breastfeeding her baby at a municipal building in Ashdod. The alleged victim, a 17-year-old woman identified by Is... [Link]

Citing own exclusion, London’s Muslim mayor joins pledge to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — London’s newly-elected mayor, Sadiq Khan, endorsed a pledge co-signed by dozens of American and European mayors to fight anti-Semitism. Khan, a Muslim Labour politician who won the May... [Link]

State Dept.: Coalition deal ‘raises legitimate questions’ on Israel’s path

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — In a first official statement to the coalition pact signed between Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, a State Department spokesman said this “raises legitimate questions... [Link]

Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Wisconsin couple filed a discrimination charge against an Illinois hotel owner who allegedly refused to host their interfaith wedding because it was not religious. Alexandra Katzman and Jo... [Link]

People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

Gabe Friedman Is New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz Jewish? It was a question fans were asking themselves last season during the team’s run to the World Series. Despite his surname, which is a syllable away f... [Link]

French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of... [Link]

Netanyahu inaugurates new wing at Museum of the Jewish People

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a new wing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The new wing, spanning 25,000 square feet, is one of the products o... [Link]

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