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Jews and Arabs play Backgammon during the "Jerusalem Double" championship. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Economic integration; cultural tensions

Recently aired TV interviews with young Arabs who moved to major Israeli metropolitan areas underscore the varied and complex nature of Arab life in the Jewish state:...

Rep. Keith Ellison at the National Press Club, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Jewish Democrats deem Keith Ellison worrisome

WASHINGTON — The appointment of US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has left some Jewish Democrats worried...

Moshe Dayan greeted the Maccabi players before the game.

Israeli basketball: ‘On the Map’

By Jeffrey Barken The stakes could not have been higher when Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team faced its heavily favored rival, the Russian CSKA Moscow squad,...

A Maronite church in Aleppo before the civil war, left; damage to Aleppo's Christian quarter in January, 2016.

Christian decline in the Middle East

By Sean Savage The recent military victory of Syrian government forces in Aleppo could prove to be a major turning point in the country’s bloody civil war, which has...

A display of Menorah Candle Company Chanukah candles.

Guess where all those millions of candle boxes come from

CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 13 By Judy Lash Balint SDEROT — The Menorah Candle Company, manufacturer and exporter of millions of Chanukah candles worldwide, is one...

Boise's Ahavath Beth Israel (Dan Fellner)

Boise: Oldest in-use shul west of the Mississippi

CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 7 By Dan Fellner BOISE, Idaho — Sometimes you’ll find the most splendid synagogues in the places you least expect. Such was the case...

Activists celebrate the compromise reached on Amona, Dec. 18, 2016. (ELAN/TPS)

Compromise reached on Amona

By Alex Traiman AMONA, West Bank — Residents of the 40-home West Bank settlement of Amona agreed to a last-minute government proposal to shift the community to an...

Fritz Weaver appears in a public service announcement for the United Jewish Welfare Fund in 1979. (YouTube)

‘Holocaust’ star Weaver dies

By Rafael Medoff A recently deceased co-star of the most widely viewed Holocaust drama in American television history was raised Catholic, but said he was so deeply...

An archaeologist works on the 3,800-year-old figurine discovered in Nov., 2016. (Ashernet)

The original ‘thinker’

A unique 3,800-year-old Bronze Age figurine was unearthed by a team of archaeologists and Israeli high school students, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced....

Carl A. Singer (JWV)

Jewish veterans elect a national commander

By Robert Gluck, JNS Retired US Army Col. Carl A. Singer brings a can-do attitude to the top volunteer post at the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) nonprofit. Singer —...