Jews to create Torah scroll in acts of kindness

A completed Torah scroll has 304,805 letters. That’s how many acts of kindness the Afikim Foundation and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs hope to generate for a Global Unity Torah. The Afikim Foundation in cooperation with the ministry aims to encourage people around the world to perform an act of chesed, or kindness, for each… Read More

Bukharian Jews thrive in Diaspora

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — As a new immigrant with little savings and no guaranteed income, Mikhail Davidov had no hope of getting a mortgage to buy the $900,000 house in Queens, N.Y., he now calls home. Luckily for Davidov, a 42-year-old hairdresser who immigrated to New York six years ago from Uzbekistan, he never needed a… Read More

Israelis bring art, diplomacy to Balkan state

Kotor, Montenegro, a town on the Adriatic coast, was the scene this month of an effort to strengthen relations between the Balkan state and Israel using art. In an act of cultural diplomacy, Israel’s foreign ministry teamed up with a Montenegro-based American Jewish businessman to exhibit the work of two Israeli artists — one a… Read More

Istanbul airport terror attack kills 36, injures at least 147

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to determine whether any Israeli citizens were injured in a suicide bombing Tuesday night in Turkey that killed 36 people and injured at least 147. Two bombers blew themselves up at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, the third busiest in Europe, after opening fire at the entrance to the airport’s international terminal,… Read More

Six things you need to know about Brexit

Great Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to a new reality Friday as a slim majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union. Markets trembled, British currency crashed and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his pending resignation. It was a major blow to an alliance formed specifically to avoid a repeat… Read More

Sherman Says DNC will unify around two-state solution

The 15 members of the Democratic National Committee’s platform drafting committee, named last week, include a diversity of voices surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the steadfastly pro-Israel Wendy Sherman to Palestinian advocates James Zogby and Dr. Cornel West. Despite these differences, Sherman, a former state department ambassador who served as the lead negotiator in the… Read More

Interfaith activists walk to protest Sudan violence

Some 250 activists gathered outside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Sunday to condemn the continuing mass atrocities in South Sudan. The 2.5-mile interfaith “Walk to End Genocide” was organized by leaders of Washington Hebrew Congregation and Jewish World Watch. It featured speeches from Sudanese survivors and religious leaders.  Parents brought their children… Read More

Study brings U.S. Latino Jews into focus

Ernesto and Bely May had a decision to make in 1984. Having come to the United States from Mexico five years earlier, the couple now lived in Washington, where Ernesto May had taken a job at the World Bank. When that job was over, would they return home for good? The Jewish community in Mexico… Read More