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Muslim couple from northern Israel graduate with MA in Jewish Studies


For the Muslim couple from the village of Sulam in northern Israel, Muhammad and Aida Masarwa, the study of Kabbalah, Torah, Jewish thought, and liturgical poetry came easy, noting, ‘We were surprised to discovered that our Jewish classmates didn’t know more about Judaism than we did!’

By Shahar Hay


Last month, a diverse class of 36 graduate students from the Ono Academic College received an MA in Jewish Studies, among them ‎Muhammad and Aida Masarwa, a Muslim couple from the village of Sulam in the north.

Their classmates—a group dominated by ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews—warmly embraced them throughout their years of study together. Continue Reading »

Scanning technology locate Jewish escape tunnel at Nazi massacre site


In Lithuania’s Ponar forest, an int’l research team using ground scanning equipment locate the tunnel which Jewish prisoners secretly dug out with spoons to escape their Nazi captors.

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


In a Lithuanian forest, an international research team has pinpointed the location of a legendary tunnel that Jewish prisoners secretly dug out with spoons to try to escape their Nazi captors during World War II, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

Preparation for electrical resistivity tomography scan of the pit used to hold the victims before their execution at Ponar massacre site near the town of Vilnius, Lithuania – Photo: Ezra Wolfinger

The tunnel in the Ponar forest, known today as Paneriai, outside the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, is the site where some 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were killed and thrown into pits during Nazi occupation. Continue Reading »

Former Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews sue gov’t for denying basic education


Group of former ultra-Orthodox Jews demand compensation for people who left the ultra-Orthodox world and never learned basic math skills, how to use a computer or speak English.
• Ultra-Orthodox leaders worry that any change to the religious education system would threaten a centuries-old way of life that has preserved Judaism for thousands of years.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


When Avihay Marciano completed his schooling, he didn’t know how to use a computer or speak English and had only elementary math skills. Now, Marciano and 50 others who left the insular ultra-Orthodox community are suing the state, claiming they were denied a basic education and left lagging far behind secular Israelis. Continue Reading »

Pew Survey: Hindus & Jews are most highly-educated in US

The Pew survey revels a 6.7% increase in the amount of Americans who do not affiliate with any religion, but having Islam as the fastest-growing religion, with a 0.5% growth.



The Pew Research Center on Tuesday released its annual report on religion in the United States which showed that Hindus and Jews were the most highly-educated people in the country, as well as those with the highest incomes on average.

Young Jews rally in support of Israel in New York, July 20. – Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS

According to the 2014 US Religious Landscape Study, 59 percent of Jews in the US said they were college graduates, while 77% of Hindus also said they were holders of academic degrees. Continue Reading »

LA’s children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with a loaded gun

Doris Wise Montrose, president of the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors warns that anti-Semitism is rising again, “We talk about defending ourselves, but we have to do something aside from sharing email articles.”



LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes off five shots with a handgun.

Itamar Gelbman helps Lea Rosenfeld aim at the target during a shooting class for Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles. (Anthony Weiss)

Itamar Gelbman helps Lea Rosenfeld aim at the target during a shooting class for Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles. – Photo: Anthony Weiss

All of them miss.

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Girls allowed to wear tefillin in Modern Orthodox New York high school


Two teenage female students break ritual barriers by donning tefillin with the support of their rabbi.

By and Anne Cohen


Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR) High School, a Modern Orthodox institution in Riverdale, New York, is now allowing girls to wear tefillin.

SAR High School in Riverdale, NY

Salanter Akiba Riverdale High School, Modern Orthodox Yeshiva day school in Riverdale, New York. – Photo:Facebook

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, head of the school, sent out an email explaining that two girls were granted permission to wrap tefillin at the school’s daily all-girls meeting, reports the Boiling Pot, the online student newspaper of Shalhevet High School in LA. Continue Reading »