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Video game helps children engage with the story of Jonah

By Josh Jackman, September 21, 2015

Yom Kippur is not usually a time for fun and games, but one app is going against the trend - in the name of education, of course.

American non-profit company G-dcast has created Jonah Run, an app which teaches children the High Holy Day story of a rebellious prophet through an infinite runner game.


Ann Coulter in Twitter tirade over Republicans’ pitch to Jews

By Josh Jackman, September 17, 2015

A prominent American political commentator has accused the Republican presidential candidates of pandering to Jews.

During last night’s televised debate between the 11 main candidates for the 2016 election, Ann Coulter, a conservative pundit and author, tweeted to her 660,000 followers: “How many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?”


Kansas killer faces death

By JC Reporter, September 10, 2015

A jury has recommended the death penalty for a white supremacist who fatally shot three people at Jewish sites last year in Overland Park, Kansas.

The man, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr, 74, had told jurors that he did not care what sentence was handed down. The judge in the trial will decide whether to follow the jury's recommendation. Kansas has not executed a death row inmate in decades.


Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.


Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted


Rabbis convicted of Sopranos-style New Jersey divorce kidnap plot

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2015

Three Orthodox rabbis have been convicted for a Sopranos-style plot in which they planned the torture of Jewish men who refused to divorce their wives.

Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler were found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday.



March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the


US creates $50m fund for peace

By Ben Hartman, March 26, 2015

Two US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented a bill late last week to launch a $50m fund to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The bill, called the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorisation Act of 2015, was presented by Republican Jeff Fortenberry and Democrat Joe Crowley.

In a statement, Mr Crowley said: "The US has played a significant leadersh


US attempts to reassure all as Iran deal nears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Ahead of another round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and the Iranians next week in Lausanne, American negotiators have been seeking to both reduce expectations and lower opposition to an eventual nuclear agreement.

Following Israeli officials' complaints that they are not being updated on the talks, a flurry of meetings and phone conversations took place between senior US dip


Trial told that get-gang rabbi 'discussed using cattle prod on male genitalia'

By Dan Friedman, March 5, 2015

It does not look promising when one lawyer's main line of defence includes the claim that razor blades at the scene of a crime were there to sharpen the quills to sign a ceremonial document.

But little runs straight in the sometimes brutal, sometimes surreal trial of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and the alleged gang of rabbinical "tough guys" he is accused of recruiting to force recalcitrant husbands t