Victims Of ‘Peeping Rabbi’ Dedicate Healing Mural

Staff Writer

Some Jewish women in Washington, D.C., who felt violated by the revelations a year ago that a prominent Orthodox rabbi had secretly videotaping undressed women in his synagogue’s mikveh, have taken a step to symbolically take possession of their own congregation’s mikveh, according to the Washington Jewish Week.

Ohev Shalom – The National Synagogue. Wikimedia Commons

Palestinian’s Message Upends Expectations On Campus

Staff Writer

Students for Justice in Palestine, the pro-Palestinian college advocacy group, and members of Hillel don’t often share a platform.

Bassem Eid at a Midtown coffee shop: PA’s at fault, too. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Stella’s Sculptural Shuls


To view the Frank Stella retrospective at the Whitney Museum, with its mix of six decades of abstract painting styles and materials, is to witness the work of a prolific, forward-looking, innovative artist who liked to say, “What you see is what you see.”

Frank Stella and his “Chodorow II” (1971) painting, part of the “Polish Village” series at the Whitney.  Kristine Larsen

RCA Bans Female Rabbis, Again; Agudath Goes Further

Moves come in wake of developments in Israel.

Staff Writer

The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest group of Orthodox rabbis, reaffirmed its position against the ordination of women in a resolution issued last Friday that reiterated nearly identical statements made in 2010 and 2013.

Yeshivat Maharat awards smicha to its graduates in June 2015. Courtesy of Yeshivat Maharat

Trying To Keep Calm Amid The Chaos

Vulnerability mixed with sweetness in the ‘new normal.’

Special To The Jewish Week

I live in Jerusalem but planned to spend this semester in America, launching my new book. But with a wife, four kids, many friends and 8 million targets, Jews and Arabs, in Israel, how can I rest easy away from home? Instead, I am crisscrossing the Atlantic “pond,” acting as if I hold the United Airlines Chair in American History, returning home whenever I can while fulfilling whatever book tour commitments I can.

Gil Troy

Jacques Capsouto’s First Vintage

The New York restaurateur-turned-Israeli vintner’s new wines, from the Galilee, are now available here.

Special To The Jewish Week

The Israeli wine trade is a tough business to break into these days.  While there were once only a handful of wineries in the country, there are now hundreds, and in that crowded field, the likelihood of a new winery surviving are little better than those of a new restaurant surviving in Manhattan.

Grape expectations: Capsouto in his Galilee vineyards. Courtesy of Jacques Capsouto

‘Inclusion’ Summit Forces Community To Look At Itself

First-of-its-kind gathering focuses on making Jewish institutions more welcoming to those with disabilities.


Boston — Ruti Regan has been told she’s a pioneer, the first autistic rabbinic student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. But she doesn’t believe that for a second.

Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin, left, greeting former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin at the Ruderman Foundation. Noam Galai

A ‘Leviathan’ Of A Controversy

Israel’s natural gas saga developing some heated plot lines.

Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — When energy exploration companies announced the discovery of a massive offshore natural gas reserve 80 miles from Haifa, Israelis celebrated the find as a boon to the local economy that would lower prices, fill government coffers and ensure the country’s energy security for decades to come.

Monopoly in the making? One of Israel’s offshore natural gas fields. Getty Images

Was This Torah Rescued From Kristallnacht?

The scroll reflects the murky nexus of Jewish history and claims of Holocaust provenance.

Staff Writer

It stands about two feet tall, is about 200 years old and comes in a fading green velvet cover. Many people will sing with it and dance with it on Monday night — and likely raise questions about its murky past.

The late Queens Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz played key role in welcoming the Berlin Torah scroll.

Germany’s Dating Of Start Of Holocaust Questioned

Argues in art theft suit that alleged forced sale of silver relics in ’35 ‘predated’ the Shoah.

Staff Writer

The website of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston defines the Nazi era as 1933 until 1945. The Jewish Virtual Library similarly dates the Nazi era as from the time the Nazis came to power in 1933 through the end of World War II.

But in court papers filed last week in Washington, D.C., the German government contends that three German Jewish art collectors could not have been forced by the Nazis to sell their collection in 1935 because “the alleged taking of the Welfenschatz [collection] in 1935 predated the Holocaust by several years.”

GI guarding looted art stored at Schlosskirche Ellingen, Bavaria (April 1945). Wikimedia Commons
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