World news

Woman apologises for letting Chabad rep put tefillin on her

By JC Reporter, June 24, 2015

A female student has apologised for misleading a Chabad outreach worker into thinking she was a man and allowing him to lay tefillin on her.

Jewish student Baci Weiler, currently studying at the University of Chicago, posted a picture on her Facebook page last week of the man from Chabad putting the tefillin on her in New York’s Union Square.


The nuclear deal with Iran will happen. Question is, what will it look like?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 24, 2015

The last round of talks towards a comprehensive nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran began this week amid statements from both sides that put their official deadline in doubt.

While a deal is supposed to be completed by June 30, it is now widely expected that the talks will extend beyond that.


Kirill Petrenko to succeed Sir Simon Rattle as Berlin Philharmonic artistic director

By JC Reporter, June 22, 2015

The Russian-Jewish conductor Kirill Petrenko is to be announced as the next artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the first ever Jewish principal conductor of the Orchestra.

According to German media reports, he will take over from Sir Simon Rattle in August 2018, when the British conductor’s contract expires.


Wife of Israeli cabinet minister apologises over Obama joke

By Rosa Doherty, June 22, 2015

The wife of Israel’s interior minister has apologised after sending a “racist” tweet about President Barack Obama that she claims was a joke.

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes sparked outrage after she tweeted on her official account saying: "Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak."


Catalans restore Shoah escape routes

By Maria Diez , June 19, 2015

Seventy years after thousands of Jews fled across the Pyrenees to escape France's pro-Nazi Vichy regime, one Spanish province is opening up the mountain routes used by the refugees.


Jewish leaders condemn attack on Jesus ‘miracle’ church

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Jewish leaders around the world have condemned a suspected arson attack on a church in northern Israel where Jesus was supposed to have fed the “five thousand” with fish and bread.

Hebrew graffiti found on a wall suggested Jewish extremists may have been behind the attack on the Roman Catholic church of Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on Thursday.


Michael Douglas given the ‘Jewish Nobel’

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Actor Michael Douglas was awarded the “Jewish Nobel” in a lavish ceremony last night in Jerusalem.

Mr Douglas, 70, was honoured with the Genesis prize for his commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.

His wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children Dylan and Carys, were all at the event at the Jerusalem Theatre to support him.


Likud will need MK who 'pimped and took drugs'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Allegations of sexual harassment, pimping and hard drug-use against a junior Knesset member have cast a shadow over Israel's parliament and emphasised the difficulties facing Benjamin Netanyahu's tiny coalition.

Oren Hazan, who was number 30 on Likud's candidate list and scraped into the Knesset, has been the subject of two hard-hitting TV news reports in the past two weeks.


Uefa accuses Bosnian FA

By Simon Griver, June 18, 2015

Uefa has charged the Bosnian FA with racism over a series of ugly anti-Israel incidents before and during Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier in Zenica last Friday.

Hundreds of Bosnian fans demonstrated outside the Israeli team's hotel, stamping on an Israeli flag and chanting antisemitic slogans. As a result of the intimidation, the Israeli team bus was given a substantial police escort.


Culture Minister Regev on 'collision course' with left

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Culture Minister Miri Regev is rapidly becoming the standard-bearer, or main hate-figure, depending on the political perspective, in the escalating culture-war between the new right-wing government and Israel's mainly left-leaning creative community.

On Tuesday, Ms Regev announced she was freezing public funding for the Jewish-Arab theatre in Haifa, Al-Midan, which had produced a play on the li