The Pentagon will investigate allegations of religious bias against non-Christian cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, the secretary of the Air Force announced this week. Some cadets complained that a professor required them to pray before a test, that a chaplain warned them that they would burn in hell if they didn't proselytize, and that a football coach hung a sign announcing "I am a member of Team Jesus Christ," the Associated Press reported. The problems came to light through an internal survey at the academy that resulted in 55 complaints.
David Weinberg will call his mother in Toronto on Sunday morning, as usual, to wish her a happy Mother's Day. Sunday afternoon he'll make another call (for an end to the genocide in Sudan) as the leader of a rally in Central Park.
Weinberg, 23, a senior at Yeshiva University, is the founding director of Not Now Not Ever, a nonprofit organization he and two Stern College students launched a few months ago to protest the ongoing Sudan tragedy. The group already has gone national.
David Weinberg will call his mother in Toronto on Sunday morning, as usual, to wish her a happy Motherís Day. Sunday afternoon heíll make another call ó for an end to the genocide in Sudan ó as the leader of a rally in Central Park.Weinberg, 23, a senior at Yeshiva University, is the founding director of Not Now Not Ever, a nonprofit organization he and two Stern College students launched a few months ago to protest the ongoing Sudan tragedy. The group already has gone national.The Not Now Not Ever rally will begin at 4:30 p.m.
In Bizu, Riki Mullu’s village in the Gondar region of Ethiopia, Jews would bless each other with the greeting Enkwan bessalam adarressachew on the first night of Passover. It means, in Amharic, “Good God brought you to this time.”
Some Ethiopian Jews, including Mullu, and some American Jews will exchange the greeting Saturday night.
Chassida-Shmella, an Ethiopian Jewish organization that Mullu formed in New York a year ago, will sponsor what it calls “the first annual Ethiopian-Israeli seder” in a classroom on the Upper West Side.
Walter Ruby |
Special to The Jewish Week
Membership has its privileges, especially for a Russian community fighting for respect and full participation in American Jewish life.Another step along that road was reached last week when the American Zionist Movement accepted the application of Russian American Jews for Israel for membership.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
Differing religious perspectives on the status of gays and lesbians in the Conservative movement, from maintaining the status quo to radical alterations, were offered last week at a special two-day meeting of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.
“It went well, quite well, and we finished the meeting without anybody yelling at anybody else,” Rabbi Kassel Abelson, chairman of the law committee, said in an interview.