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Is Israel ‘nation-state of the Jews’?

JERUSALEM — Israel is debating legislation that supporters say states the obvious. Critics say the measure will divide Israeli society and damage its relationships...

Rabbi Bernard Gerson (Aleksei Kolesnikov)

Gerson leaves at the top of his game

In a few days, when Rabbi Bernard Gerson walks away from the Rodef Shalom pulpit for the last time, a quarter century of rabbinical leadership in Denver will come to an...

The 'River Village' Roma camp near Rome. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty)

Proposal of Roma registry sets off alarm bells

ROME — When Italy’s interior minister recommended creating a “registry” of Roma, his remark was merely the latest addition to a long list of anti-Roma statements...

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, July 16, 2018. (Chris McGrath/Getty)

Trump, Putin, Syria and Israel

WASHINGTON — At the joint news conference on Monday in Helsinki bringing together President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia and the US seemed...

Rabbi Joseph Black

Emanuel’s Rabbi Black changes policy on performing intermarriages

Rabbi Joe Black of Temple Emanuel, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest Reform congregation, will now officiate at intermarriages for couples committed to creating a...

Gonen Segev, in light blue shirt. (Amit Shabi/TPS)

Former Israel minister accused of spying for Iran

JERUSALEM — The trial of Gonen Segev, a former Israeli minister accused of spying on the state on behalf of Iran, commenced at the Jerusalem District Court July 5....

Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The Jewish take on Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, DC, to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy,...

The new JCC in Arkhangelsk, Russia (FJC)

The world’s northernmost JCC opens

The Russian city of Arkhangelsk saw the opening of a synagogue inside what may be the world’s northernmost JCC. The three-story building that was opened last month...

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (Eric Thayer/Getty)

Justice Kennedy retires, Jewish groups react

NEW YORK — Not an hour after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week as associate justice on the Supreme Court, the National Council of Jewish Women tweeted...

Prince William visits the Kotel, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

Future king — future peacemaker?

Britain’s Prince William placed a note between the stones of the Western Wall and spent several moments there in prayer as part of a visit to the Old City of...