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The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Who are the Sacklers, the family at the heart of the opioid crisis?

NEW YORK — In the 1930s, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler both traveled to Scotland for medical school because, they said, American universities wouldn’t admit them as...

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (Sean Gallup/Getty)

Polish restitution debate fans more anti-Semitism

By Katarzyna Markusz WARSAW — Jewish leaders are warning about anti-Semitic speech here amid a debate over the fate of property seized from or abandoned by Jews during...

View of a fire raging in near the Ben Shemen Forest, on May 23, 2019. (Flash90)

Over 1,000 fires extinguished in Israel

JERUSALEM — More than one thousand fires which led to the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes have been extinguished, Israel’s National Fire and...

Al Sharpton speaking on April 29, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Al Sharpton says he regrets his ‘cheap’ rhetoric

WASHINGTON — Al Sharpton appealed to Reform Jews for a united front in facing down anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bias and acknowledged his role in stoking...

Herman Wouk (Alex Gotfryd/Corbis via Getty)

Herman Wouk and the mainstream

By Rachel Gordon BOSTON — Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the...

Students argue with police in Caracas, Venezuela on May 2, 2019. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty)

How Venezuelan Jews are hanging on amid the crisis

CARACAS — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has further depleted Venezuela’s Jewish community. From a height of 25,000 members in the 1990s, it’s down...

Friends and family mourn at the funeral of Alex Sasaki, March 28, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Suicides among Israel Defense Forces’ lone soldiers

JERUSALEM — After Alex Sasaki died of a drug overdose in late March, Tzvika Graiver of the KeepOlim activist group posted on Facebook that the American-born soldier in...

Rabbi Abba Cohen, far left, with Karen Pence and Vice President Mike Pence at a National Day of Prayer service in the White House Rose Garden, May 2, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump’s religious freedom changes hearten some Jews, rattle others

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s definition of religious freedom is being welcomed by many Orthodox leaders and rattling more liberal Jewish leaders, although...

The plaque at Gymnasium Kundmanngasse.

Viennese students honor Jewish pupils expelled during the Nazi era

By Toby Axelrod VIENNA — On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a public high school in the Austrian capital corrected its own historical record. Along with a...

The logo of Eurovision Song Contest (STR/NurPhoto via Getty)

Gaza violence and Eurovision

TEL AVIV — When Israel won the right to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the event was anticipated as a golden opportunity to showcase a side of the nation...