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SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas

All Texas synagogue hostages ‘out alive and safe’ after harrowing 12-hour standoff

By Ron Kampeas and Andrew Lapin Update:  All four hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area were declared “out alive and safe” by...
The first Birthright Israel group during the pandemic

Onward Israel merges with Birthright to magnify reach

By Toby Tabachnick and Faygie Holt Two organizations that provide Israel experiences for Jewish young adults, Birthright Israel and Onward Israel, announced their merger last...
Dr. Chana Wircberg

For these Orthodox women, balancing demanding careers with family life is worth the challenges

By Renee Ghert-Zand Orthodox Brooklyn native Chana Wircberg always knew she wanted to be a physician. Shortly after marrying and becoming a young mother, Wircberg made...
Ofek Reef

At Yeshiva U., students get used to their basketball team winning again and again

In early 2019, before his college’s men’s basketball team began a historic and unlikely winning streak, Jonathan Malek and three friends decided to catch...
Harry Reid

Harry Reid, the two-fisted majority leader with deep Jewish ties, dies at 82

When Harry Reid was 19, he wanted to marry Landra Gould. Her Jewish parents had other ideas. Reid, a middleweight boxer who converted to the...
Chaim Walder

Chaim Walder, popular haredi Orthodox author accused of sexual abuse, found dead in suspected...

By Shira Hanau Chaim Walder, an Israeli haredi Orthodox children’s book author who was accused last month of sexual abuse by several teenage girls, was...
Students doing remote learning

As COVID spikes in NYC, Jewish schools and synagogues go remote again

Twenty-one months after New York City synagogues and Jewish schools became some of the first to close because of the encroaching COVID-19 pandemic, a...
Joe Biden speaks at AIPAC in 2016

After 70 years on the sidelines, AIPAC will now officially fundraise for politicians

It has been for decades a recurring confusion for some in Washington: does AIPAC, the country’s largest pro-Israel lobby, have a PAC? Not until now. The...
Erica Brown

Erica Brown’s ‘hineni’ moment

Erica Brown wept when she learned that her mentor, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, had died. It was days after the tumultuous 2020 U.S. presidential...
Joe Biden and Naftali Bennett

Is the Biden-Bennett honeymoon over? Here are 6 US-Israel issues that are raising tensions

“Behind closed doors” is a phrase that crops up a lot in conversation with senior U.S. and Israeli officials these days. That’s the place...