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UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

On last night of Hanukkah, latkes and remembrance take center stage at Temple Beth Shalom

Sunday was the final night of Hanukkah, and Hadassah was preparing for a crowd.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Parkland shooting victim’s dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a “fighter” who has “retaken Washington for the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Hanukkah party celebrates lighting of the menorah at Temple Beth Shalom

It was Temple Beth Shalom’s annual Hanukkah party, and the rabbi was about to lead the room in song and prayer.


Review: ‘Menashe’ looks, with tenderness and equanimity, at a Hasidic community in Brooklyn

In “Menashe,” filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein turns his camera on a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, using non-actors to create a tender portrait of family. In addition to the fascinating …


UPDATED: Sun., July 9, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Israeli list of unrecognized U.S. rabbis points to rift

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has compiled a list of overseas rabbis whose authority they refused to recognize when it comes to certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married …


Israeli lawmakers reach out to US Jews on anti-Semitism

A group of lawmakers representing a cross-section of Israel’s political spectrum is reaching out to American Jews at a time when anxiety over anti-Semitic activity is running high in both …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery

Dozens of volunteers from various faiths helped clean up a Jewish cemetery on Tuesday after scores of tombstones were toppled by vandals, as people from as far as Boston came …


Leah Grisafi: I shunned my upbringing and Jewish faith, until literature opened my eyes

As a child, I didn’t notice that I was raised in an unorthodox setting. I was given love, affection and attention; I never went hungry and always had clean clothes …


In what could be a first for North Idaho, Jewish community seder held in Coeur d’Alene

A Jewish seder was held Friday in Coeur d’Alene. The ancient story of suffering and deliverance resonated with participants, some of whom recalled North Idaho’s past as a center for …


Authorities say hate motivated Kansas shooting

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Prosecutors have enough evidence to pursue hate-crime charges in the shooting spree that killed three people at a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas …


Hanukkah festivities begin with candle lighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression. In Israel, families …


NYC synagogue bomb plot suspect pleads guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to rare state-level charges that he plotted to blow up city synagogues, saying he had wanted to “send a …


NYC, rabbis clash over circumcision ritual

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of rabbis is clashing with New York City health officials over the safety of an ancient circumcision ritual. Three rabbis and three Jewish groups …


NYC man gets 40 years to life for dismembering boy

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hardware store clerk who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, killing and dismembering a lost little boy was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to …


With Passover meal, Jews celebrate freedom

Congregations from throughout the Inland Northwest join Jews around the world this week in the annual celebration of freedom known as Passover. About 60 people were preparing Monday to participate …