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A view of the Ilan Ramon Day School in Agoura, Calif., after the fire. (Yuri Hronsky)

California wildfire: ‘Catastrophic’

By Gabrielle Birkner LOS ANGELES — The Woolsey Fire, which has engulfed a massive swath of Southern California, had as of last week — burned nearly 100,000 acres and...

Ilhan Omar (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)

Ilhan Omar: Overturn head covering ban

WASHINGTON — A 181-year-old rule banning Congress members from wearing hats of any kind could be overturned in order to accommodate a newly elected Muslim lawmaker...

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano refuses to speak at Women’s March

NEW YORK — Actress and activist Alyssa Milano said she won’t speak at the next Women’s March if it is organized by two current leaders who will not condemn...

Elaine Luria, left, and Elissa Slotkin are among the new faces in Congress.

Jewish women among Congress victors

WASHINGTON — Last week’s midterm elections were hailed as a victory for gender parity, as an unprecedented number of women won bids to serve in Congress. More than...

Fred Guttenberg at a CNN town hall meeting in Sunrise, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS/Getty)

Guns: Two bereaved fathers differ

MIAMI — Jaime Guttenberg and Meadow Pollack shared many similarities. Both were brown-haired and bright-eyed girls, beloved by friends and family. Both were passionate...

Ron DeSantis (Jeff Mitchell)

Pro- and anti-Israel forces win in midterm elections

NEW YORK — Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections held Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Jewish Congress members poised to take key...

Police respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty)

Denver native in Pittsburgh recounts events last Shabbat

Saturday, Denver native Rebecca Tessler Pollack was at her in-laws home close to Tree of Life to help prepare Shabbat lunch instead of going to Poale Zedeck about a mile...

A Jewish emergency crew and police officers at the site of the mass shooting at the Tree Of Life Synagogue on Oct. 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh. (Jeff Swensen/Getty)

Synagogues work to create a safe space

Amidst the avalanche of emotions in the wake of a tragedy on the scale of last week’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, fear might be the most immediately...

The funeral of brothers Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal at Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh, Oct. 30. They were among the victims killed in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty)

Former Pittsburgh — now Denver — rabbi recollects

Rheins, senior rabbi at Temple Sinai, had a memorable relationship with Tree of Life and Pittsburgh’s Jewish community for 10 years, 1995-2005. He was the spiritual...

People enter the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh to attend a memorial service for victims of the Oct. 27 mass shooting at a city synagogue. (Ron Kampeas)

In Pittsburgh, thousands gather to mourn victims

By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Chriss Swaney, The Forward Some 2,500 people gathered on Sunday at a memorial service for the 11 Jewish worshipers slain in their Pittsburgh...