Numbers don’t lie — but sometimes an interpretation of the numbers does. That’s the case with Daniel Polisar’s recent essay on Palestinian public opinion, Dahlia Scheindlin writes.
Barbara Gaines, the former executive producer of the Late Show with David Letterman, receives Trailblazer Award for her work in the LGBT community.
Last week, the San Francisco JCC was abuzz. In the building’s atrium, hip men and women of all ages milled about, munching on tamales as the music of Sleater-Kinney, a late 90’s indie rock band, played from above. The space could have been mistaken for my favorite Oakland bar on a Friday night. It wasn’t, of course, but there was presumably one commonality: a love for Carrie Brownstein.
Brownstein, 41, was at the JCC to promote her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, through a discussion with local literary celeb Dave Eggers, with whom she let us in on the wild stories behind her creativity, which she details in the book. For nearly two hours, Eggers and Brownstein delved into the nitty gritty of the punk scene in Olympia, Washington, including Brownstein’s journey from a dorky kid living in the suburbs of Seattle to becoming a nationally renowned rock guitarist and actress. They also joked about the rocker’s floppy bowl cut and goofy hats.
Few issues have caused more friction between Israel and the European Union than EU plans to impose labeling on goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied land. And if Israel is right about the timing, the tensions could get worse.
In the wake of last summer’s bitter Iran debate, the chief executive of Jewish Federations of North America urged its leaders to ensure their organizations are welcoming to people of various political and religious stripes.
President Barack Obama reportedly will not intervene to allow Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel after he is paroled from federal prison.
Yael Farber’s “Salomé” is a feminist retelling of the strange tale of the Judean princess who demanded the head of John the Baptist on a plate.
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected claims by a French comedian that his right to speak freely was denied when he was convicted and fined in France for insulting Jews.
Filmed interviews with 22 men and women who had shared the Führer Bunker with Adolf Hitler during the last four months of his life make up a new documentary.
Baseball is known as the national pastime of the United States. The same cannot be said in Israel, but a new program enlisting American Jewish ballplayers is aimed at honing the skills of Israeli hopefuls and elevating the game in the Jewish state.
In honor of Jewish book month a collection of Young Adult and Romance novels for the Sisterhood readership.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said in Tel Aviv that boycotting Israel is “foolish.”
Byron Krieger, a two-time Olympic fencer, died when a havdalah candle sparked a blaze in his Florida retirement home.
The Anti-Defamation League has called upon the new Polish Defense Minister to apologize and retract his comments about the anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
A popular Brazilian singer has declared he will not perform again in Israel — prompting the Jewish community to accuse him of surrendering to anti-Semitism.
Despite decades of worry that American ‘children of intermarriage’ would be lost to the community, a large-scale study found that the story is more complicated, and more hopeful.
Gore Vidal once famously called William F. Buckley Jr. a “crypto-Nazi.” But Jay Parini’s new biography of a man once referred to as “America’s Biographer” reveals Vidal to have more than a few anti-Semitic tendencies himself.
The South has a reputation as a backwater for Jewish life. But a new study finds growing Jewish populations in Dixie — and they’re not all in Florida.
Actress Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism.
A number of years ago, I was talking to a brilliant undergraduate and feminist at Yale College, where I teach English. She was discussing something sexist and demeaning that had happened at one of Yale’s several off-campus fraternities—sexism is such a predictable fact of life at frats that I can’t even remember what the particular demeaning act was. It might have been a grope, a slur, some form of mockery. Anyway, the student was wondering aloud what the school’s response should be. I offered some sort of suggestion, probably having to do with which dean or committee she should take her complaint to. But then I added that what would really send a message to the fraternity would be if women organized a boycott of its parties. Imagine if the message went out that the brothers of Scamma Scamma Gamma weren’t worth women’s time, that the women on campus had decided that any guy who belonged to that fraternity was either a sexist or an enabler of sexism, not worth the time of any self-respecting Yale woman. Imagine if that fraternity’s parties became boring, all-male sausage-fests! Wouldn’t that be something?
The student thought about it, agreed that that would be something terrific, but then said it could never happen. Women would never be able to make common cause that way. They could never achieve that kind of solidarity. The fraternity’s parties were too socially important. Maybe some women could be persuaded to skip the parties, but the hotties, the athletes, and the sorority girls would all keep going. And eventually others would return. A boycott was a nice pipe dream, she said, but impossible to achieve.