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Two Birthrightes celebrate Shabbat.

Birthright launches ‘rewards’ program

NEW YORK — Everyone knows about how accumulating credit card points can reap significant awards. Now select young Jews returning home from Birthright trips to Israel...

Spike Lee and Adam Driver on the set of ‘BlacKkKlansman.’ (David Lee/Focus Features)

Jewish character in BlacKkKlansman adds ‘complexity’

By Naomi Pfefferman LOS ANGELES — In one of the pivotal scenes of Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated film “BlacKkKlansman,” Ron Stallworth, the first black cop on the...

Benny Gantz, left, and Benjamin Netanyahu. (Wikimedia Commons)

Gantz emerges as Bibi’s main challenger

By Eli Kowaz TEL AVIV — Benny Gantz has cemented himself as the most likely candidate to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections....

Ethiopian Israelis protest racist police violence in Tel Aviv on Jan. 30, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Ethiopian Jews allege police brutality

JERUSALEM — Six officers were hurt and 11 protesters were arrested as dozens of young Ethiopian Israelis clashed with police at the end of a protest against alleged...

Meryl Streep in the 1978 miniseries 'Holocaust'.

‘Holocaust’ miniseries transformed remembrance in Germany

By Toby Axelrod BERLIN — For Sigmount Koenigsberg, the most searing scene in the US-made “Holocaust” miniseries broadcast here 40 years ago was when a German child...

A South Korean woman and her child read Talmud-themed books at a Seoul bookstore. (Tim Alper)

The chavruta comes to South Korea

By Tim Alper SEOUL — In 2014, Kim Hye-kyung found herself staring into an educational abyss. The mother of two lives in study-mad South Korea, a nation where parents...

Hank Greenberg, left; Ryan Braun, right

The battle of stats: Greenberg vs. Ryan

By Scott Barancik NEW YORK — Barring injury, Ryan Braun should surpass Hank Greenberg this season as baseball’s all-time Jewish home run hitter. The 35-year-old...

Michael Douglas, l, and Alan Arkin, r, Jan. 6, 2019, at the Golden Globes. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty)

Fair share of ‘Jewish’ moments at the Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES — From Michael Douglas’ Yiddish exclamation to more success for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to Regina King’s Hebrew-letter tattoo, the 2019 Golden...

Sinatra received a kippah at a fundraiser for a Jewish school in New Jersey in 1981.

Ol’ Blue Eyes’ kippah

By Stephen Silver NEW YORK — When a huge auction was held at Sotheby’s last month of items belonging to Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara, the item that made the...

Amos Oz (Jason Kempin/Getty)

Celebrated Israeli author Amoz Oz passes away

By Thane Rosenbaum The young nation of Israel has witnessed in recent years a dwindling of its founding generation — from the passing of political leaders like Shimon...