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Shiryn Ghermezian is a staff writer for The Algemeiner and a native New Yorker. She studied English and journalism at City University of New York's Queens College.

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March 29, 2017 12:08 pm

Newly Released ‘Harry Potter’ Haggadah Parallels Biblical Exodus With Hogwarts Journeys, Messages

A Passover haggadah inspired by J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter illustrates an analogy between the global best-seller's main character and the biblical story of the Exodus, the holiday prayer...

March 29, 2017 7:51 am

‘Shark Tank’ Investor, Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban: ‘Being Jewish Has Given Me a Foundation for Everything’

The owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and investor on the hit ABC show "Shark Tank" said on Sunday that "being Jewish has given me...

March 28, 2017 7:19 am

Pakistani Granted Right to Identify as Jewish Celebrates ‘Passover Seder Gift’ Ahead of Upcoming Holiday

A Pakistani recently granted permission by his government to identify as Jewish celebrated his triumph Sunday on social media. Fishel Benkhald -- whose father is Muslim and...

March 22, 2017 2:10 pm

Israeli Music Icon Idan Raichel Jams With Students at Chicago Cultural Center

Israeli music icon Idan Raichel turned what was supposed to be a lesson with kids at a Chicago cultural center on Tuesday into a jam...

March 21, 2017 12:55 pm

‘Captain America’ Chris Evans to Play Mossad Agent in New Film About 1984 Airlift of Thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel

Actor Chris Evans of "Captain America" fame will star in a new movie about the Mossad's role in Operation Moses -- a clandestine endeavor to extricate Ethiopian Jews from...

March 19, 2017 7:26 am

‘Here We Go!’ Tweets Former New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber at Starting Line of Jerusalem Marathon

“Here we go!” tweeted former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber along with a selfie at the starting line of the 2017 Jerusalem Winner...

March 16, 2017 11:58 am

‘Jews Don’t Ride Horses,’ Says ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Co-Star Josh Gad, Quipping That Animal He Rode in Film Was an ‘Antisemite’

The co-star of the new movie "Beauty and the Beast" had the audience of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" roaring with laughter on Tuesday night, when...

March 15, 2017 1:47 pm

Report: Israeli NBA Basketball Player Omri Casspi Weighing Options After Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Other Teams Express Interest in Signing Him

The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are among several NBA teams expressing interest in signing Israeli basketball star Omri Casspi, after he was waived by the New...

March 15, 2017 11:54 am

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress and Third-Generation Holocaust Survivor Hosts Lavish Fundraiser in Role as ‘Ambassador’ for Israel’s Sheba Medical Center

The actress who plays Quaithe in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones" hosted a lavish fundraiser Tuesday night in her role as "ambassador" for Israel's Sheba...

March 14, 2017 10:21 am

Vogue Touts Benefits of Keeping Shabbat, Even For Non-Jews: ‘It’s an Ancient Antidote to Our Modern Ailments’

Observing Shabbat is something everyone -- even non-Jews -- should do for their well-being, according to a recently published Vogue magazine article. "It doesn’t matter if you’re Jewish, Hindu,...

March 9, 2017 3:40 pm

‘Entourage’ Star Adrian Grenier in Jerusalem: ‘Contemplating Ancient City in Modern Times; Holy Land, History, Humanity’

Actor Adrian Grenier, famous for his lead role as Vincent Chase on the hit HBO series “Entourage,” published a photo of himself on Thursday looking out...

March 9, 2017 3:22 pm

Ivanka Tweets Golda Meir Message About ‘Making the Most of Yourself’ in Honor of International Women’s Day

Ivanka Trump tweeted a meme on Thursday with a quote by the late Golda Meir, Israel's fourth prime minister, as part of a belated International Women's Day greeting. "Make...

March 8, 2017 2:01 pm

3 Anonymous ‘Stupid Teenagers’ Send Letter of Apology, $50 to Pennsylvania Library Whose Parking Lot They Vandalized With Shaving-Cream Swastika

A letter of apology and $50 in cash were found on Monday at a Pennsylvania library whose parking lot had been decorated with a shaving-cream swastika, the local news station NBC10...

March 7, 2017 3:58 pm

Traveling Photo Exhibit Honoring the Late Elie Wiesel Opens in Paris, Where Holocaust Survivor Nobel Laureate Began His Journalism Career

A traveling photo exhibit launched this weekend in Paris honors the life and legacy of world-renowned Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, its...


AIPAC Policy Conference Adapts to the World of Trump - In recent years, AIPAC’s policy conferences have centered on hot-button issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, tension between the...

Israeli Knesset Enters Recess Amid Questions on Government’s Stability - During the past two weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly...

Amid Political Turmoil at Home, Netanyahu Forges Ahead on Asia Pivot - As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced ongoing turmoil within his governing coalition...


Israel Defense Exports Reach $2.6 Billion, New Data Reveals

Israel’s military exports increased last year by 14%, according to data released Wednesday by the head of the relevant Defense Ministry’s division, the Hebrew news site Walla reported. According to the...

Middle East

Jordan’s King Abdullah: Mideast Peace Not Possible Without Establishm...

Jordan's King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state...