Jewish groups praise Shimon Peres

Jewish groups in Israel, the United States and around the world lauded Shimon Peres, the former Israeli president who died Wednesday, as a respected leader and a warrior for peace."Peres was always …

Obama: ‘Todah rabah, Shimon’

President Barack Obama posted an impassioned paean to the legacy of Shimon Peres. “There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through …

Israeli leaders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

JERUSALEM — At a special session to mourn and honor Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Cabinet that the late president "did so much to protect our …

Trump and Clinton both praise Peres

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both released statements lauding Israeli statesman Shimon Peres following his death early Wednesday morning. Clinton, the Democratic …

view from central park: Tehilla R. Goldberg

Shehechiyanu’s in air

With Rosh Hashana at the doorstep, culinary markers accompany Elul’s piercing shofar blasts and the recitation of Selichot prayers. Aside from the endearing ritual of the classic simanim …

5776 review

So long, 5776: Recapping year’s highs and lows

Here’s a timeline of some of the major Jews news stories of 5776. September 2015 •Fifty-three major American Jewish groups issue a call for unity and recommitment to American and …

holidays

This Rosh Hashanah, let’s focus on the positives

Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the …

debate

‘Big league’ Jewish moments in first Trump–Clinton rumble, on LI

What did we learn about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Jewish vote from the debate Monday night at Hofstra University on Long Island? Except for an extended tussle about the Iran nuclear …

schools

Buzzing into a sweet year at YOSS

With the sweetness of Rosh Hashana in mind, beekeeper Curtis Crowell introduced boys at Hewlett’s Yeshiva of South Shore to the social structure of bees, how hives are constructed and how honey …

on the job

Chabad rabbis in Africa have their hands full

Rabbi Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street …

the shoah

Shoah scholar Lipstadt aids Weisz talk like she’s from Queens in ‘Denial’

Before the most dramatic episode of her professional life became a movie, Deborah Lipstadt had some work to do. No, she didn’t have to make last-minute changes to the script or take a crash …

RECIPE

Tight on time? Here’s an easy Rosh Hashana dinner

Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashana menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup …

5776 review

5 feel-good stories out of Israel in 5776

TEL AVIV — While there was plenty to kvetch about in Israel in 5776, as we take stock at Rosh Hashana, we can each find something to celebrate. Here are five Israeli stories from the past …

holidays

At Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins

If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look …

politics to go: jeff dunetz

Clinton v. Trump: Hostility at Hofstra

In this strangest of presidential election years, the first of three debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was just as it should have been — strange.  The first third of the …

view from central park: tehilla r. goldberg

A nuanced view, as Peres’ eulogies are written

Although his life is the sum of its very different parts, it is the recent ending as president, the shining ending, by which many remember him now …

on broadway

At Hamilton, reaction to Bibi

Prime Minister Netanyahu caused quite a stir when he attended a performance of “Hamilton” in New York on Saturday night. The average Broadway audience doesn’t start cheering and …

schools

BBQ at HANC

Arianna Muskatt and her daughther, Julia, and 200 others attended the annual HANC Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Elementary School Welcome to Kindergarten Barbecue last Sunday in West Hempstead.

jobs

Help wanted at The Jewish Star

Not every Jewish mother would like her child to become a journalist (a doctor, a nurse, a lawyer, a rabbi — whatever’s on the list, journalist is rarely highlighted). But for those in …

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