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Theater Company At D.C. JCC Ending Mideast Festival

11/26/2014
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Theatre J, which operates under the auspices of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, canceled an annual festival following criticism by donors and funders against the showing of controversial Israeli plays.

Questions Over Swiss Deal On Looted Art

Advocates for survivors want Gurlitt collection to be shown in Israel, urge more transparency.

11/26/2014
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The announcement Monday that a Swiss museum would accept parts of a collection from an art dealer for the Nazis has been decried by some who believe suspected Nazi-looted art should be housed in Israel until their rightful owners are determined.

The Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland, will house parts of the Gurlitt collection. Getty Images

‘Do You Know How Much Tension There Is?’

In wake of shul murders, fear is palpable in Jerusalem.

11/26/2014
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Jerusalem — Mourning notices for the “four martyrs” and posters urging tzedakah for their families adorned the hallway of the ultra-Orthodox Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Hof neighborhood here.

Yahrtzeit candles in the beit midrash of Congregation Kehilat Bnei Torah. Joshua Mitnick/JW/Getty Images

Lights Dim On Iconic Midtown Coffee Shop

Rich in Jewish theater history, it’s almost curtains for the Café Edison.

11/26/2014
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On the surface it was a typical weekday evening at the Café Edison. The evening rush was thinning out but there was still a steady flow of matzah ball soup, blintzes, borscht, kasha varnishkes and rice pudding making its way to diners, with an equally steady flow of empty plates and bowls returning to the kitchen.

Counter culture: The scene this week at the Café Edison.  Michael Datikash/JW

Ari Shavit’s Plan B For Mideast Peace, Gradually

11/25/2014
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One day after the Jerusalem synagogue attack last week, Ari Shavit, Israeli columnist and author of “My Promised Land,” proposed a Plan B—an alternative peace process that is gradual and informal, and offers a “horizon of hope.”

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On Friday The Rabbi Called For War On Arabs

But Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s extreme views cause little response at his Teaneck synagogue.

11/25/2014
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If Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, N.J., had his way, Arab rioters and stone throwers would be shot with live ammunition. Arabs would be barred from the Temple Mount for six months. Any village from which two or more terrorists originated would be razed and its residents deported. Arab terrorists would be executed, their bodies cremated and buried with dead pigs, their families deported and their homes destroyed or given to Jews.

Prominent Presbyterians Push Back On Divestment

Full-page ad in Times grew out of interfaith meetings in wake of church’s ‘one-sided’ sanctions vote.

11/25/2014
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On the Upper West Side, Rev. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of the Auburn Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a veteran of a study mission to Israel and dialogue activities with the Jewish community.

Influential Orthodox Rabbi -- And JW Columnist -- Comes Out As Convert

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz urges Judaism to embrace the 'other.'

11/25/2014
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Shmuly Yanklowitz, popular Orthodox rabbi and columnist for the Jewish Week, revealed in a Sunday New York Times opinion piece that he is a convert.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz. via shamayimvaretz.org

Chabad Takes Aim At Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Pic

Massive selfie outside 770 Eastern Parkway includes some 2,000 rabbis.

11/25/2014
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Chabad is doing Ellen DeGeneres one – or maybe a few thousand, better. The Hollywood star’s Oscar selfie with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep set Twitter records and has been valued at as much as $1 billion. Chabad-Lubavitch’s version isn’t so glitzy, but it’s much, much bigger, featuring about 2,000 rabbis gathered for the movement’s annual conference.

No Brad Pitt, but many, many rabbis. Via chabad.org

Obama Administration, ADL Concerned About Israel’s ‘Jewish State’ Bill

11/25/2014
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Washington — The Obama administration and the Anti-Defamation League expressed reservations about Israel’s proposed “Jewish state” law.

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