Church-state separation

Synagogue Worker Fired For Having Premarital Sex Lawsuit Says

Pregnant program director gets pink slip after returning from honeymoon.

09/23/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

The long-time program director at Congregation Shearith Israel is suing the Upper West Side synagogue for allegedly firing her because she had sex before marriage.

Alana Shultz, says she was fired from her position as program director of the historic Upper West Side Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Shearith Israel for being 19 weeks pregnant when she got married last June, according to the 13-page complaint filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

In a Shaerith Israel video posted on YouTube, Alana Shultz demonstrates how to light Shabbat candles. YouTube

Hebrew Charter School As Growth Industry

Former Florida Rep. Peter Deutsch’s burgeoning network of schools is toeing the church-state line, and could greatly affect American Jewish life.
03/19/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Boynton Beach, Fla. — As you turn off the main road and a large Torah scroll-shaped sign on your right welcomes you to the “Temple Torah Campus of Jewish Learning,” you could be forgiven for assuming the K-6 school you are about to visit is a Jewish day school.

Ben Gamla Boynton.

Is the Jewish church-state focus fading?

In thinking about the top Jewish stories of 2010, it occurred to me there wasn't a single major church-state battle on the list. That's a big change from, say, a decade ago.

Almost two years into the administration of President Barack Obama the faith based initiatives created by his predecessor are mostly still in place, and groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State are howling mad.

Virginia AG tells cities: creches and other religious monuments OK

I live in Virginia, so it's a little embarrassing to report that our attorney general, who's been a dream come true to the state's active Christian right since taking office in January, is at it again – in a way that will undoubtedly impact Jewish groups across the state, not to mention my tax bill.

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