Dozens of windows shattered at synagogue in Peoria, Ill. – JNS.org

| May 26, 2020

(May 22, 2020 / JNS) Police in Peoria, Ill., are investigating nine broken windows at a synagogue in the city.

WATCH: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake – Arab News

| May 26, 2020

LONDON:Al Jazeeras recent interview with terrorist-designated group Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, as well as its podcast glorifying killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, has stirred the ongoing debate surrounding the networks alleged promotion of terrorism. The exposure given to the controversial figures has prompted experts into stating that the station and news site continue to provide extremists with a platform to present themselves on

The epidemic that brought Jews back to Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Post

| May 26, 2020

A century ago, the Spanish Plague killed tens of millions of people globally.A century before that, communities throughout the eastern Mediterranean were devastated by a bubonic plague outbreak, which reached the ancient Galilean city of Safed in 1812, quickly decimating its population.Just a few years prior, three waves totaling some five hundred followers of the Vilna Gaon one of Jewish historys intellectual and spiritual giants had come to the Land of Israel from White Russia, fulfilling their leaders own dream a decade after his death. It was a significant demographic boost to the relatively small and overwhelmingly Sephardi Jewish community already in what was then Ottoman Palestine.An illustration of the Vilna Gaon.

The Amazing Delights of Mezze – Jewish Journal

| May 26, 2020

With its colorful array of brightly colored salads, savory dips, exotic finger foods and freshly baked breads, the mezze (or maza) is a feast for the senses. While this selection of small dishes serves as the appetizer course of the Sephardic Shabbat meal, the mezze is common to all the lands of the former Ottoman Empire. Although some say that the name derives from mezzo, the Italian word for half, referring to the small size of the dishes, and others say it is from the Arabic tmazza, meaning to eat in small bites, it more likely comes from the Persian word maze, which means taste or snack.

‘Every cultural institution which isnt perceived as 100% pro-Israel is taking a serious risk’ – Haaretz

| May 26, 2020

At a time that now seems like an entirely different era during the second week of February Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett was informed that she was one of the sixlaureates of Israel's prestigious Dan David Prize this year. She and her husband, New Zealand artist Max Gimblett, were in the middle of a huge project her life is full of huge assignments and projects having been forced to move out of their huge loft on the Bowery on Manhattans Lower East Side, where they had lived and worked for 44 years.