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Sex Abuse Stories You Won't See In The Jewish Week

 The latest reports of the still-widening sex abuse scandal among priests in the Catholic Church are leading closer to the Pope himself, an almost unimaginable predicament for the Vatican.

Seder Liturgy Too Provocative?

Have you heard that President Obama, in his private meeting at the White House on Tuesday, urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to call on Jews around the world to refrain from singing or reciting “Next Year in Jerusalem” at their seders next week? 

Apparently the administration views such prayers as “unhelpful” to the peace process, and even “provocative,” given the political sensitivities of the moment. 

Looking For A Seder In Baghdad?

"I happen to be in Iraq and am looking for a place to spend Passover," read the e-mail message I received Monday night. That got my attention.

It was from a Jewish woman from Washington, D.C., who said she had arrived in Baghdad two days earlier as a consultant for USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). She wrote she had come on short notice and had "no time to plan for Passover, aside from bringing a couple of boxes of matzah ball soup mix. No one else who is here is Jewish."

(Yet) Another New Name For Federation Umbrella Group

Remember UJA, more formally known as the United Jewish Appeal?

It had, and probably still does have, the most widely known brand name in Jewish communal life.

But when the national organization, founded in 1938, merged with the Council of Jewish Federations a decade ago, they morphed into a new entity and name: UJC, United Jewish Communities, for the umbrella group of North American Federations.

At the time, I was among the many who thought it was unwise to jettison the “UJA” acronym, since it was not only well known but was thought of positively.

Is Russia Helping Iran Build Nukes?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The chances of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran in the coming months may have dramatically increased, if a report in The Sunday Times of London last weekend is true.

The Times said that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s secret trip to Moscow of Sept. 7 was to meet with President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin and hand over a list of names of Russian scientists helping Iran build nuclear arms.

`Free Iran’ Rally At UN: Deja Jew

Walking through the crowd at the “Free Iran” rally outside the United Nations this afternoon, one would think the Jewish community had spent a good deal of time, effort and money to provide hundreds of day school and yeshiva students with a summer camp reunion and social hour.

In Israel, Rescuing Government From Itself

Arye Carmon, president of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), says that one of Israel’s most serious existential threats comes not from Iran or the Arab world but from within.

`Money For Mitzvahs’

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The “Cash for Clunkers” experiment has come and gone, but what was intended for car owners to benefit from increasing their vehicles’ fuel efficiency could be applied to improve Jewish life as well.

The premise would be the same - a valuable voucher or reward going to folks who trade in something less efficient for something on the next level - but our community could make use of it by having consumers of Jewish practice and education be rewarded for stepping up their commitment.

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