Ben Harris

Amid Furor, Weiss Retreats From ‘Rabba’ Title

Deal with RCA means only one ‘rabba’ will exist; Orthodox feminists ‘saddened’ over development.

03/11/2010
JTA

On the eve of a conference marking the expansion of leadership roles for women within Orthodoxy, the trend’s most prominent rabbinic proponent has, amid intense criticism, backtracked from his near-ordination of female rabbis.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, left, and Sara Hurwitz.

The Jewish Oscar

03/05/2010

The Jews, we well know, run Hollywood. But even the most unreconstructed anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist probably would never had anticipated a year like this at Sunday’s Academy Awards: three Jewish-themed films (“Inglorious Basterds,” “A Serious Man” and “An Education”) vying for the Best Picture nod and an Israeli contender (“Ajami”) up for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” is one of three Jewish-themed films vying for Best Picture this Sunday.

Gush Katif Evacuees Still Waiting For Permanent Homes

‘Terrible foot dragging’ on part of government leading
to anger four years after Gaza pullout.

01/15/2010
JTA

Nitzan, Israel — More than four years after her family was ejected from their home in the Gaza Strip, Karen Sarfaty lives with her husband and four of their children in a small pre-fab house in this small town located about midway between the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod.

Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, now living in temporary quarters in Nitzan, are still waiting to move into their new hme in Bnei De
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