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What It Means To Be Jewish In Philadelphia

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    (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Stained glass from the synagogue that served the Jews of the Dutch city of Assen, almost all of whom were killed in the Holocaust, is now displayed at the synagogue of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center. The glass windows of the now-destroyed synagogue feature symbols related to the Jewish holidays, including […]

    The post Sole Remnant of Dutch Town’s Jewish Community on Display at Yad Vashem appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    Adding to Israel’s existing reputation as the “start-up nation” and a major hub of innovation, the Jewish state is a rising star in space and satellite technology. Several key developments in recent years highlight Israel’s growing contributions in the field, including the successful launch of the Venus satellite Aug. 2. Venus, a micro-satellite weighing 550 […]

    The post Israel a Rising Star in Space and Satellite Technology appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    In fulfilling a key campaign pledge, President Donald Trump announced in a White House speech Friday he decertified the Iranian nuclear deal as part of a new and tougher approach towards the Islamic Republic. The move brings a new level of challenges and uncertainty in handling one of the most complex international agreements in recent […]

    The post After Trump Decertifies Iran Deal, Congress Must Decide its Future appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    German prosecutors have charged a former guard at the Majdanek death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland with accessory to the murder of at least 17,000 Jews. The 96-year-old Frankfurt man—whose name was not released due to German privacy regulations—allegedly served as a member of the Nazi SS’s Death’s Head division as a perimeter guard at the […]

    The post German Prosecutors Charge Former Majdanek Death Camp Guard appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Kite Pharma, founded by Israeli-American professor Arie Belldegrun in 2009, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted regular approval for its cancer treatment, Yescarta. California-based Gilead Sciences bought Kite Pharma for $12 billion in August. The product, which the FDA approved on a fast-track process, is based on […]

    The post Israeli-developed Breakthrough Cancer Drug Receives FDA Approval appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A senior White House official dismissed ongoing reports in the Israeli media that the U.S. would soon unveil an ambitious Middle East peace plan. “While we are having productive conversations with all relevant parties, we have not set a timeframe nor created any deadlines,” the official told Israel Hayom. “Our efforts are […]

    The post White House Official Says Reports on Imminent Peace Plan Misleading appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    A note handwritten by Albert Einstein in the 1920s, detailing the German-born physicist’s simple theory for a happy life, sold in a Jerusalem auction to an anonymous European buyer on Tuesday for $1.56 million. The auction began at $2,000 and a series of bids pushed the price up rapidly until two final bidders competed by […]

    The post Einstein Note on How to Live Happy Life Sells in Jerusalem for $1.56 Million appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom told a Washington, D.C., audience Oct. 24 that the rise of nationalism, fake news and an individualistic mindset are tearing at the social fabric of the United States — but he didn’t say who’s at fault. Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said that Americans are living in “tempestuous […]

    The post UK Rabbi Warns Against Division in America appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    UN Watch, an international human rights group, is calling on the U.S. to launch an investigation into Rutgers University’s Prof. Mazen Adi, who has deep ties with the Syrian government and has accused Israel of organ trafficking. “The U.S. government needs to investigate how a long-time agent of the Syrian regime, close ally of Iran, […]

    The post Watchdog Calls for Probe into Rutgers Professor who Accused Israel of Organ Trafficking appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    ‘Wonder Woman’ Continues to Make Headlines Not only was Gal Gadot named GQ’s Woman of the Year, but the Israeli actress, who rocketed to fame in Wonder Woman, is flexing her muscle by reportedly refusing to star in the sequel unless Warner Bros. dumps embattled producer Brett Ratner, Vox.com reported. Several women have claimed that […]

    The post Wonder Woman, Miss Israel and Joan Nathan Make Headlines appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    Gal Gadot a Google Hit Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who rocketed to fame in 2017 by playing the title character in Wonder Woman, ranked as the sixth-most searched person on Google, Google Trends reported. Gadot also was the third-most searched in Google’s “actors” category. On less-positive notes for Jews, disgraced American film producer Harvey Weinstein […]

    The post News Briefs: Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ Planned, Gal Gadot Ranks High in Google Searches, and More appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    A kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb was destroyed in an arson attack on the third anniversary of the deadly Islamic terror attack on the French capital’s Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket. The Promo & Destock store in the Paris suburb of Créteil was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday. “The damage is believed to be […]

    The post Kosher Grocery Store Near Paris Destroyed by Fire on Terror Attack Anniversary appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    As the anti-regime protests wind down in Iran, the White House said Jan. 10 that the U.S. is “deeply concerned” about reports that Iranian authorities have arrested thousands of citizens, with some purportedly being tortured or killed. Meanwhile, the head of the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, said Jan. 9 that Israel has “eyes and ears” inside Iran […]

    The post As Iranian Minorities Join Protests, Should the US and Israel Arm Them? appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, has been banned in Lebanon due to the famed Jewish-American director’s purported ties with Israel. A source involved with the international rollout of The Post said the movie “was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a ‘boycott Israel’ list that includes Spielberg due to his […]

    The post Lebanon Bans Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Over Famed Director’s Ties with Israel appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    The lower house of the Polish Parliament passed a law this week banning the use of the term “Polish concentration camps,” in an attempt to lay blame for the Holocaust squarely on German Nazis and exonerate Poles from being complicit in the crimes that left more than 1 million Polish Jews dead during World War […]

    The post Poland Advances Law Criminalizing References Linking Country to the Holocaust appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    Feature by Elizabeth Kratz While much of American and Israeli Jewry view Europe either as a “flyover continent” or as a vast and dangerous pit of anti-Semitism from which all Jews must flee, many overlook the facts and figures that indicate rising numbers of Jews living in relative comfort in many of Europe’s largest cities. […]

    The post Vienna’s Growing Kosher Scene a Case Study of Thriving Jewish Life in Europe appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    Penn Cuts Ties With Steve Wynn Over Sexual Harassment Reports The University of Pennsylvania announced it was taking several actions to distance itself from alumnus and former trustee Steve Wynn in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation. President Amy Gutmann and Board of Trustees Chair David L. Cohen said in a […]

    The post News Briefs: Legislation Criminalizes Term ‘Polish Death Camps,’ Penn Cuts Ties with Wynn, and More appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into a law a controversial bill that makes it a crime for anyone to suggest Polish complicity in the Holocaust. But reports indicated that Duda will ask Poland’s constitutional court to evaluate the bill, which leaves open the possibility that the law can be amended. “We hope that within allotted […]

    The post Polish President Signs Controversial Holocaust Bill into Law appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    A statue honoring former U.S. lawmaker and Holocaust survivor Tom Lantos was unveiled in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday. The Hungarian-born Lantos, who served a Democrat from California in the House of Representatives from 1981 until his death in 2008, was the only Holocaust survivor to ever sit in Congress. He was widely known for his […]

    The post Former U.S. Lawmaker, Holocaust Survivor, Tom Lantos Honored with Budapest Statue appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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    The Orthodox Union (OU), after a year of discussions with various stakeholders and in the face of some opposition, has established parameters for a three-year period during which the umbrella body for American Orthodox congregations will work to bring its member synagogues who employ female clergy into compliance with OU standards, which stipulate that a […]

    The post Orthodox Union Draws a Line in the Sand on Female Clergy, Seeks Compliance from Member Synagogues appeared first on Jewish Exponent.


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