(JTA) – Israeli geneticists have linked a Native American population in Colorado to Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition.
Geneticists at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv discovered the genetic mutation marker BRCA1 in a group of Mexican Indians who had emigrated from Mexico to the United States over the past 200 years and settled in Colorado, Haaretz reported Wednesday.
BRCA1 is found in Jews of Ashkenazi origin and leads to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancer.
The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards -- which sets halachic policy for the Conservative movement -- has voted unanimously to provide the approximately 1,600 Conservative rabbis with guidelines on performing same-sex marriages.
The move is an official sanction of the ceremonies by the movement.
The budget committee of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism will recommend that funding be halted for Koach, the movement’s national college outreach program, when the governing board meets June 10, as part of an effort to reduce the organization’s deficit.
Rabbi Steven Wernick, chief executive officer for the United Synagogue, told The Jewish Week on Thursday that while Koach remains “a valued program,” it would be “on hiatus” unless and until philanthropic funds can be secured to continue its work at colleges...
"Family Guy" appealed for an Emmy Award by asking "overprivileged Brentwood Jews" to "let us into your little club."
The ad was created as part of the FOX comedy's "for your consideration" DVD mailer to Emmy voters, the Hollywood award news website Gold Derby reported. The awards are presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
A Miami synagogue canceled a planned address by the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Temple Israel of Greater Miami's president attributed the cancelation of the event with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to security concerns. But Wasserman-Schultz attributed the cancelation to internal synagogue politics.