Jerusalem mall violence shines light on dark side of Israeli soccer

Fans of Beitar Jerusalem FC celebrate a win in the State Cup in Ramat Gan Stadium on May 13, 2008. (Kobi Gideon/FLASH90/JTA)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sports fans aren’t the only people lately paying attention to Israeli soccer. A string of ugly incidents has caused Israelis to focus on the problems of violence and racism within the sport. In mid-March, thousands of Hapoel Tel Aviv fans rioted on the field after their… Read more »

ESSAY: Reflections from Mike Wallace

The following excerpt written by Mike Wallace is from “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl.”  © 2005 Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl. Wallace was senior correspondent on “60 Minutes” and was  a reporter for CBS News for more than four decades. (JTA)… Read more »

Israeli female scientist Naama Geva-Zatorsky named Europe’s top young researcher

JERUSALEM (JTA) — She’s young, smart and aims to help treat life-threatening diseases. Naama Geva-Zatorsky, 34, is among a growing group of Israeli women scientists who are gaining recognition for their contributions to scientific research. The Weizmann Institute biologist was in Paris last month to accept the International UNESCO… Read more »

Texas basketball controversy spurs push for more inclusion

Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools. Edd Burleson, the director of the The Texas Association of Private and… Read more »

Obama administration is ready for Iran talks — but is Iran?

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration has its Iran ducks in a row: Tehran is coming to the table, Israel is sitting still, most of the world’s major oil buyers and sellers are on board with the sanctions effort, and Congress is in an agreeable mood. Ducks, though, have… Read more »

Seder massacre victims mark 10th anniversary

For many years, Moti Amir tried to block out any memory of the horrors that she witnessed on the night of the 2002 Seder terrorist attack in this seaside city. But on the 10th anniversary of what is considered the deadliest terror attack of the second intifada, Amir remembers… Read more »

Moroccan Mimuna party on tap

Mimuna is a traditional North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover, marking the start of spring and the return to eating chametz ( leavened goods). Temple Emanu-El and the Weintraub Israel Center will hold a Mimuna celebration on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.… Read more »

CUFI chief to speak at UA event

David Brog

Christians United for Israel at the University of Arizona will host “A Night to Honor Israel: Arizona Stands with Israel” featuring David Brog, CUFI executive director, on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. Before CUFI, Brog worked in the U.S. Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of… Read more »

Peace Corps author to inaugurate COC library

Congregation Or Chadash will dedicate its new library on Sunday, April 22 at 9:45 a.m. Robert Klein, author of “Being First: An Informal History of the Early Peace Corps,” will sign copies of his book and answer questions about the Peace Corps. The event will honor library creators Roberta… Read more »

JFSA announces nominees for 2012-13 officers

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s nominating committee, chaired by Jennifer Miller Grant, has recommended the following slate of officers for the 2012-2013 program year: Kathryn L. Unger, chair of the board; Deanna Evenchik, vice chair; Madeline Friedman, vice chair; Larry Gellman, vice chair; Joyce Stuehringer, vice chair; Jim… Read more »

Community library seeks used books for sale

The Tucson Jewish Community Library is looking for gently used books to sell at its annual book sale on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit library programs. Donations of everything from novels to children’s books to nonfiction are welcome. Books of Judaic content may be used… Read more »

Shots heard near JCC were kids’ target practice

Some 400 people attended “All That Jazz,” a party honoring Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Saturday night, March 30. The elegant evening was briefly marred by reports of shots being fired near the JCC around 10:45 p.m.,… Read more »

‘Making Tucson Work’ is new mayor’s aim

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Being Tucson’s mayor will involve bumps in the road but Jonathan Rothschild — the fourth Jewish mayor of Tucson’s last six — is enthusiastic about his new role. He’s spent his first months in office actively promoting the city’s revitalization, despite some “tough” spending cuts. “We’ve really been able… Read more »

Thomas Louchheim: Celebrating 25 years in the rabbinate

Congregation Or Chadash Cantor Janece Cohen and Rabbi Thomas Louchheim mark the dedication of a new Torah scroll in December 2007.

  A magnificent view of the Santa Catalina Mountains contributes to the peaceful ambiance at Congregation Or Chadash, but many congregants would say that it is Thomas Louchheim, their rabbi of almost 17 years, who provides the true inspiration. In May, Louchheim will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity… Read more »

TSO strings to perform at Yom HaShoah remembrance

Dutch composer Leo Smit

Sixteen members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will perform the work of Leo Smit, a Dutch Jewish composer killed in the Holocaust, at the community’s annual Holocaust commemoration, “A Grave in the Air: A Musical Remembrance,” on Sunday, April 22. Smit, who was of Portuguese descent, was born in… Read more »

Documentary explores PTSD and Holocaust

Sonia Reich is a Holocaust survivor who, as a child, hid from the Nazis in the forests of Poland and witnessed the murder of family members. Sixty years later, she’s transferred the horrors of her past to the present, experiencing late-onset post- traumatic stress disorder, which manifests in paranoid… Read more »

Tzipi Livni’s fall followed a meteoric political rise

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tzipi Livni’s resounding fall in the leadership vote for Kadima, Israel’s largest political party, was as dramatic as her rise to political power. Ahead of last week’s vote, most polls were predicting that Livni would defeat Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff.… Read more »

Tunisia’s Jews keep wary eye on political developments

Djerba Jews spending some time at the El-Ghriba Synagogue on Tunisia's southern island. (upyneroz via CC)

TUNIS (JTA) — Tucked on a quiet side street blocks from the Mediterranean Sea, the last kosher restaurant in the Tunisian capital is a thriving center of Jewish tradition in a country of 10 million with nearly an entirely Arab and Muslim population. Yet Jacob Lellouche, who has owned… Read more »