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Rock legend Phil Lesh gathers musician friends for a Grateful Dead Passover

Phil Lesh lights the candles as Jeannette Ferber, a cantorial soloist at Berkeley’s Renewal congregation Chochmat HaLev, sings the blessing, and guitarist Ross James looks on. (© Bob Minkin Photography / www.minkinphotography.com) SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (JTA) – “Why can’t we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play ‘The Wheel?’ Will Phil […]

Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Maurice Elbaz and Vanessa Paloma Elbaz in Casablanca (Courtesy of Vanessa Paloma Elbaz) (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which ended Wednesday at the offices of Casablanca’s SOC club, featured three […]

Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

David Harel’s paternal grandparents, Bertha and Gustav, are shown here in May 1939 with two of their six children: Irma, left, and Resha. (Courtesy of David Harel) SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – “If only” – it’s the most common regret expressed by “Seeking Kin” […]

Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

(JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid an acrimonious debate in Poland on local complicity in the Holocaust and the attention it merits, the conference planned for July in Kielce, 110 miles south of […]

Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Benjamin Netanyahu leading the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, April 3, 2016. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool/Flash90) JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeatedly extended, was included in a statement issued Thursday by the Prime […]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Jewish settlers praying in Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, Dec. 28, 2010. (Kobi Gideon / Flash90) JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshippers arrived overnight Wednesday into Thursday […]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Susan Koret claims that millions of the foundation’s dollars were granted to projects outside the scope of the foundation’s original mission. (Screenshot from Twitter) SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan […]

Praying Out Loud

One of the great privileges of my life is interviewing Christians who have faced persecution. To be able to sit down with these brothers and sisters, drink tea and simply ask questions to explore their faith and their relationship with Jesus is a source of great joy to me, as well as a spur to […]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Belgians viewing tributes at Place De La Bourse in Brussels to the victims of the March 22 terrorist attack at the city’s airport, March 23, 2016. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam […]

Enugu Attacks Recap: Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacres Reach Southern Nigeria

ICC Note: Another week and another set of appalling Fulani herder attacks in Nigeria. This reality has tragically become the new normal for Christian farming communities in central Nigeria. However, with at least 48 people murdered in Enugu State this past Monday, the brutality spreads south. The following report from Morning Star News runs down […]

Actress Lea Michele discovers her Greek-Jewish roots

Lea Michele The Paley Center for Media’s 33rd Annual PaleyFest in Hollywood, California, March 12, 2016. (Randy Shropshire/Getty Images) (JTA) — “Glee” star Lea Michele took a deeper look at her Greek-Jewish roots on the TLC television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” The episode is scheduled to air on Sunday, and is the season […]

The Real War on Women

ICC Note: The reality of war for women in the Middle East is a fate worse than death. Women of the Christian, Yazidi and Shia faiths are locked in packed halls as ISIS soldiers torture and rape them time and time again. Being part of minority religions means that the lives of these women have […]

Ex-mayor of London suspended from Labour for saying Hitler was Zionist

Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London, at the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Flickr Commons) (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party suspended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday for saying Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. A Labour spokesperson told The Guardian that the action was “for bringing the party into disrepute.” British anti-racism […]

Christians on the Brink of Extinction Amid Unrelenting Genocide in Iraq, Syria

ICC Note: The Christian communities of Iraq and Syria are facing existential threat as The Islamic State terror group continues to destroy their lives and history. Hundreds of ancient Christian churches and places of worship have been demolished, thousands have been killed, while even more have fled for their lives. These are the oldest Christian […]

Michael’s Story: Egyptian Christian’s Mysterious ‘Suicide’

Osama Gamal knows his brother Michael did not commit suicide because Osama knows his brother. Michael Gamal Mansour was a happy 22-year-old Christian who dreamed of opening a carpentry business, getting married, and having children one day. Why would he kill himself only three months out from the end of his contract with the Egyptian […]

NEWS | Heartbreak in China as Wenzhou Church is Demolished for Improperly Built Cross

According to China Aid the Island Head Christian Church in Wenzhou was declared illegally built due to the cross being placed too high. Demolition crews proceeded in demolishing the church and the cross after church members protested its destruction. Over the weekend, President Xi Jinping told a conference of religious leaders that Party members must […]

Algerian churches still fighting for freedom of worship

ICC Note: Despite recent constitutional revisions in Algeria, churches are still facing harassment from the authorities. On April 24th, a Church in Maatkas was ordered to cease all religious gathering based on a breached 2006 regulatory law. The new constitution passed in February 2016, however, has established freedom of religious worship in compliance with the […]

Threatened with throat-slitting and slaughter: Christian persecution in Swedish asylum centres

ICC Note: Swedish asylum centres are proving to be unsafe as Christians and other religious minorities suffer persecution within. Detailed death threats and escalating harassment has made living conditions unbearable for some Christian refugees. In one specific case, threats came from a man claiming to have fought with jihadist groups in Syria. 04/29/16 Sweden (Christian […]

Persecuted Christians in Eritrea: ‘The Guards Offered to Let us Go if We Renounced Jesus. We Said No’

ICC Note: Eritrea represents one of the toughest places on earth to be a Christian. The following report from Christian Today recounts testimonies from believers who suffered through extreme torture for their faith in Christ and stood firm without denying Jesus. Eritrea imprisons Christians who worship outside of the four legal state religions and treats […]

Chag Sameach from Arutz Sheva

Arutz Sheva will be offline from Thursday evening in honor of the last day of Passover and Shabbat. We’ll be back on Saturday evening.

Pleasant weather expected for last day of Passover

After heat wave, weather cools down for holiday weekend.

Enugu Fulani Herder Attacks: Southerners in Nigeria ‘Have Been Targeted for Decades’

ICC Note: In the wake of brutal Fulani herder attacks on Enugu State in Southeast Nigeria, a prominent political voice from the region says the radical Islamists have been targeting Christians for decades. Emmanuel Enekwechi, prime minister in exile of the separatist Biafran region says the recent attacks evidence an expanding Islamist takeover bleeding into […]

Vision Beyond Borders Describes Prison Experience for Bible Distributors in Laos

ICC NOTE: If one were to wake up and turn on the news or read an article online, they are likely to come across stories of religious persecution happening globally. But one area of religious persecution which tends to fall through the cracks is the risk taken by those who are working extremely hard in […]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Koret Foundation

Civil trial on control of foundation meant to help poor Jewish communities in California’s Bay Area and Israel turns ugly.

Amid ‘exodus’ from Brussels, my family sings a sad ‘ma nishtana’

First person: Passover seder for Belgian Jews reveals the mass exodus Islamist terror is causing ‘my last seder as a European.’

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