Saturday, January 25, 2020


Communities Gather to Remember the Victims of Pittsburgh

As millions of people world-wide reacted to the slaughter of 11 innocent Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last Shabbat, many of the local shuls in both Westchester and Riverdale spontaneously arranged community gatherings, memorial services and mass Tehillim recitations as a memorial tribute to those who died and

Grappling With Pittsburgh

After a gut-wrenching week of tears and grief, Shabbat finally approaches. It is difficult to imagine the sorrow and agony flooding the hearts of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and particularly those who attend the Tree of Life Congregation. Jews across the globe continue to process last week’s trauma and the grotesque images

Reimagining a Dream: The White Plains/Scarsdale Eruv Expansion

With the expansion of the eruv in White Plains, the three eruv sectors of White Plains and Scarsdale are now joined, allowing for many more houses and apartments to be included within its borders. Rabbi Chaim Marder, rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, said there

Rabbis Berman and Miller to Deliver Concurrent Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva Lectures

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, Yeshiva University’s fifth president, and Rabbi Dovid Miller, rosh yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, will be the featured speakers at the 33rd Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva Lectures. The

RCA Convention Focuses on Meeting the Future Where It’s At

During two stimulating days at the Stamford Crowne Plaza, members of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) caught up with old friends, recognized valued contributors to Jewish life, installed a new slate of officers to lead the organization for the next two years and studied Torah together.

OU Advocacy Mission Draws Passionate Community Leaders to Washington

More than 125 lay and rabbinic leaders of Orthodox Jewish communities from across the country convened on Capitol Hill and at the White House on June 15 for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s Annual Leadership Mission to Washington, D.C. 

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation in Support of Jerusalem Embassy Move

( The U.S. Senate urged President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of relocating the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, unanimously passing legislation in support of the move Monday.

The Senate voted 90-0 in favor of a resolution introduced in May by Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), commemorating the 50th

Erdan Launches Anti-BDS Website in New York

(Ilana Messika/TPS) Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan launched a website Sunday aimed at combating the boycott, divestments and sanctions (BDS) movement and incitement against the State of Israel. The 4IL website will provide multimedia content that will be available to millions of pro-Israel activists around the world.

Netanyahu: London Bombers ‘Worship Death’

(Andrew Friedman/TPS) The  international community will not be terrorized by people who “murder indiscriminately,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday following an attack that killed seven people and wounded dozens in the British capital.  

Speaking during a state visit to Liberia for the

Poll: Most Israelis Say Judea and Samaria Not ‘Occupied’

(Andrew Friedman/TPS) Sixty-two percent of Jewish Israelis object to the term “occupation” to describe Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, a Jerusalem think-tank said Monday. 

The Peace Index, produced jointly by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University and released to coincide

Protesters Call for Israeli Man’s Release From Gaza After 1,000 Days in Captivity

( Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Tel Aviv Saturday night to demand the release of Israeli citizen Avera Mengistu from Hamas captivity after his detention exceeded 1,000 days.

The protesters said the Israeli government should be making a greater effort to secure Mengistu’s

Jordan Bans Screening of ‘Wonder Woman’ Over Israeli Actress Gal Gadot

( Jordan has banned a screening of the newly released “Wonder Woman” superhero film over Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s leading role, and has warned domestic theaters not to show the film until an official government decision has been made. 

“Wonder Woman” was already banned in Lebanon

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