Raised on Shoah memories, here’s where Biden’s Blinken stands on Jewish issues, including Israel

Tony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state, is the stepson of a Shoah survivor whose stories shaped his worldview and subsequently his policy decisions, including …


Exclusive Pompeo interview: Team Trump ‘will continue to be a force for good’

Under the stewardship of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration took new approaches to American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. The results have been profound, …

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Race is on to boost Achiezer

CIMBY — which stands for Chesed In My BackYard — is on a roll to help Achiezer, the Five Towns-Far Rockaway commnity resource center whose wide-ranging services and referrals are …


Pandemic demands we kick up our tzedakah

It’s been decades since I ordered food at a McDonald’s. I’ve kept kosher since I was 18 and, outside of Israel, at least, Mickey D’s is decidedly treif. Except the other …


Jachnun a lifeline to locked down European Jews

After Gal Graber and Tal Goldman had a disappointing experience with a store-bought jachnun, the two Israelis living in Amsterdam set out to make the slow-cooked …


Israelis eat more turkey than anyone else. Really.

Even without celebrating Thanksgiving, until recently, Israelis ate more turkey than people in any other country in the world. This record was all the more remarkable because most Israeli ovens are …


Prosperous US ‘Jewbans’ eye brethren in Cuba

Saul Berenthal, 75, was born and raised in Cuba, but left for Miami in 1960 following the 1959 Castro revolution. His parents were refugees, having fled the wars in Europe and settling in Havana …


Significance of al-Masri assassination in Iran

One of the more reprehensible aspects of n Aug. 7, two gunmen on motorcycles fired shots on a white Renault L90 sedan in the affluent northern Tehran suburb of Pasdaran. Initial reports …


Nuremberg’s universalism undermined noble aims

This weekend marks 75 years since the start of the Nuremberg tribunals, which tried leaders of Nazi Germany for their part in the Holocaust and other war crimes. A clear line links these …


Engineers at Cahal

With teacher Shoshana Ayzin, CAHAL’s grade 4-5 class at YOSS learned what it’s like to be an engineer. They discovered that engineers must create a plan, build prototypes, test them …


Downsized Thanksgiving still means turkey and pie

Thanksgiving is the most widely celebrated American holiday, but this year, it’s going to look a little differemt — families in their homes, eating a festive meal separately, maybe …

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Pfizer’s chief scientist is a Jew from Sweden

When Mikael Dolsten, head scientist at Pfizer, heard the news that the COVID-19 vaccine that he has been helping to develop for the better part of a year was over 90% effective, he and his colleagues …


Delusions over powers of personal diplomacy

There are some ideas that are so seemingly logical and reflective of our best hopes about human nature that it doesn’t matter how often they are proved wrong. One such notion is the belief …


Israel left him behind, the damage left with him

It was about time. Almost exactly 35 years to the day after Jonathan Pollard and his former wife, Anne, were refused entry to the Israel embassy in Washington, the spy that the Jewish …

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