Bahrain Celebrates First Bar Mitzvah In 16 Years

The Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC), the people-to-people network of Jewish communities from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that are developing Jewish life in the region, facilitated...

Afghanistan’s last Jew has left the country

(JTA) — Zebulon Simantov, the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan, has finally left the country for fear of persecution by the Taliban, an Israeli television channel reported. Simantov, the 62-year-old...

Mideast terror groups energized by Taliban victory, but not rushing into battle

(August 30, 2021 / JNS) The shockwaves from the Taliban’s lightning-quick takeover of Afghanistan are continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, and Islamist forces are feeling energized by...

Israeli flags burned outside 2 German synagogues, ‘Free Palestine’ spray-painted on another in Spain

(JTA) — Israeli flags were burned in front of two synagogues in Germany and the words “Free Palestine” were spray-painted on another one in Spain. The incidents this week are...

Hezbollah in tight spot as Lebanon veers on brink of collapse

(July 12, 2021 / JNS) While Lebanon suffers from the worst economic crisis in its history, the Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah, which has such a heavy influence in the...

Tehran ready to pounce on Afghanistan and Mideast foes in more aggressive stance

(August 16, 2021 / JNS) Newly installed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi celebrated the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the failure of the United States to leave smoothly after 20...

150 House Democrats Sign Letter Backing Reentry into Iran Deal

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — A letter backing President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to reenter the Iran nuclear deal without any new conditions has garnered 150 signatures from House Democrats —...

Egypt shuts Rafah border crossing amid tensions with Hamas

(August 23, 2021 / JNS) Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, amid increased tensions with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. It is the first time...

Ambassador: Israel Will Allow U.S. Reps. Omar, Tlaib to Visit

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said the Jewish state will admit U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “out of respect for the U.S....

Father Tells Of His Son’s Murder Giving Life to a New Law

By Alan Zeitlin Stuart Force knew that when his son, Taylor, went to serve in Afghanistan, there could be risks. When Taylor returned unscathed and decided to travel to Israel...
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Park East Synagogue pushes out assistant rabbi, sparking protest

NEW YORK (JTA) — Park East Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox congregation on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, fired its popular assistant rabbi after the longtime...

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(JTA) — The World Series is upon us, and there are likely more Jewish players in this year’s edition than there have been in...

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(JTA) — First Lady Jill Biden gave the keynote speech Sunday at the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah annual fundraiser dinner in Detroit, a gala that...

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