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Study: N.Y., Boston And Miami Are America’s 3 Most Jewish cities

08/05/2015

New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish metro areas per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Jewish pedestrians walking in Manhattan’s Times Square: New York has the biggest Jewish population in the U.S. JTA

Yeshiva Probe — Or Punt?

DOE investigation of 39 chasidic schools relies solely on documents provided by the schools themselves.

08/05/2015
Deputy Managing Editor

The city’s plan for investigating the quality of secular instruction at dozens of Brooklyn chasidic yeshivas won’t include site visits and will depend entirely on documents supplied by the yeshivas themselves, The Jewish Week has learned.

Yaffed's most recent billboard, in which the children tell their father they want to study secular subjects. Courtesy of Yaffed

AJC Comes Out Against Iran Deal

First major Jewish organization to do so; Dems Lowey, Israel, Meng also oppose deal.

08/05/2015
Staff Writer

The American Jewish Committee today became the first major Jewish organization to announce its opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it only delays Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state.

Milan's Holocaust Memorial Doubles As Shelter For Refugees Fleeing Africa

The site of the infamous Platform 21, where Jews were once herded on to trains to the death camps, is now a shelter for refugees.

08/05/2015
Editorial Intern

Seventy years ago, Platform 21—the vast cavernous space underneath the Central Train Station in Milan, Italy—was used to load Jews in secret onto trains destined for the death camps. Now it’s the site of a Holocaust museum and the Memoriale della Shoah di Milano (Milan’s Holocaust Memorial). But over the past few months it has also served another purpose as a shelter for refugees fleeing war, starvation and persecution in Africa.

The Beteavon Soup Kitchen provides food the refugees. Via chabad.org

Second Temple-Era Mikvah Unearthed In Jerusalem

08/05/2015

Jerusalem — An ancient mikvah covered in paintings and inscriptions was discovered in Jerusalem at the construction site of a nursery school.

A almost-intact, 2,000-year-old mikvah was unearthed under a kindergarten construction site in Jerusalem. Courtesy IAA

Obama, Jewish Leaders Exchange Concerns About Distortions And Attacks In Iran Deal Debate

08/05/2015
JTA

Washington — President Barack Obama and pro-Israel leaders exchanged concerns about how each side distorts the other’s arguments in the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and how the distortions are creating divisions in the Jewish community.

President Barack Obama and Jewish leaders met for two hours at the White House, Aug. 4, 2015. JTA

At Berlin Maccabi Games, Past Is Ever-Present

08/05/2015

Seventy-nine summers after Marty Glickman’s Olympics uniform was rendered as useless as a jilted bride’s wedding dress, his daughter Nancy wore the same uniform to light the cauldron that officially opened the European Maccabi Games here.

American soccer player Catie Chase at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin showing photos of her late grandparents.

The Summer Of The Chevra Kadisha Novel

08/05/2015

As a literary device, the chevra kadisha, or burial society, has little precedent.

The words mean, literally, holy society. The chevra kadisha is the group of people that performs, among other duties, the mitzvah of tahara. Members of the group wash and purify the body of the deceased according to prescribed ritual, and then dress the body in burial shrouds — garments that have neither zippers nor pockets, as nothing of material value can be taken from this world.

 Fiction by Michelle Brafman and Diana Bletter explores burial societies.

A Year After Gaza War, A Growth Spurt

Against the odds, border communities have more than bounced back.

08/05/2015

Tel Aviv — Few communities were as battered during last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas as Nahal Oz, a kibbutz of some 350 people located just a mile from the Gaza border.

Children in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz playing last month near a colorfully painted concrete shelter. Miriam Alste

Iran Deal Testing City’s Rabbis

As Elul approaches, ‘life and death’ on the pulpit, columnist Jonathan Mark writes.

08/05/2015
Associate Editor

‘We’re not a Democratic shul, we’re not a Republican shul,” Rabbi Joseph Lookstein often said of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, home to that iconic Modern Orthodox leader for more than 40 years. It was one of the many lessons learned by his son, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, who leads the prominent Upper East Side shul today: “My politics remain with me. But there are exceptions,” he says of the nuclear agreement with Iran, a deal he opposes, “and this is that exception. This is life and death for Israel.”

Rabbis Gerald Skolnik, Robert Levine and Haskel Lookstein.
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