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Ben Sales, JTA
Ben Sales, JTA

David Ben Gurion reads Israel's Declaration of Independence May 14, 1948 in Tel Aviv. (Zoltan Kluger/GPO/Getty)

How 1948 changed American Jewry

JERUSALEM — One year after Israel’s establishment, in the dead of night, three students ascended a tower at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and raised...

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post/ Getty)

Reckoning with the legacy of slavery

MONTGOMERY — When Bryan Stevenson set out to build a memorial to the thousands of black people lynched in the US, he thought about Germany and Poland. Those countries,...

(Ari Perilstein/Getty)

ADL: How it’s become a villain to the far left

NEW YORK — When Starbucks announced that it would close its US stores for one day to conduct anti-bias training for employees, seeking the expertise of the...

Freshman Abraham Waserstein, r, shakes hands with the winning team.

Moot Beit Din explores Jewish view on torture

PRINCETON, NJ — Does Jewish law allow — or even require — torture? That’s the question six teams of college students from across the country set out to answer at...

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, Feb. 20, 2018. (Flash90)

Beginning of the end of the Bibi era?

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu is in trouble. Maybe. The Israeli prime minister is engulfed simultaneously in four separate scandals, and each day seems to bring him...

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS/ Getty Images)

Jewish sheriff reacts to shooting in his county

As he leads the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is the county’s first Jewish sheriff. A 2016 campaign...

Lester Wolff (Drew Angerer/Getty)

At 99, ex-congressman Lester Wolff holds forth

MUTTONTOWN, NY — Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his...

Members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement pictured November 8, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty)

Israel, Iran, Syria trade blows

JERUSALEM — Israel and Iran have been clashing for years. But on Feb. 10, their war of words briefly became an actual fight. In short succession, Iran sent a drone...

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach pictured at Beth Joseph synagogue, where he performed in 1989. (Dave Buresh/Denver Post via Getty)

Whither Carlebach’s music?

NEW YORK — When Rabbi Angela Buchdahl announced how her synagogue would respond to the #MeToo moment, she singled out a man. But he wasn’t one of her congregants,...

L-r: Chuck Schumer, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mitch McConnell pictured in 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Dems’ support for Israel sliding?

NEW YORK — The share of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians is falling fast, while Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians is...