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‘Nones’ Back Hillary; Evangelicals For Trump

Just released Pew study charts ‘shrinking’ role of religion in voters’ choices for president.

07/13/2016 - 16:49
Staff Writer

About half of all registered voters say their vote for president will be a vote against the other candidate, and the degree of a voters' religious observance has no impact on their choice.

Those were two of the findings in a newly released Pew Research Center survey of registered voters, which found also that a declining share of the American public believes it is important that a president have strong religious beliefs.

About half of voters polled said their vote would be against the other candidate, a new study found. Getty

Israeli Golfer Laetitia Beck Set To Compete In 2016 Olympics

First golfer from Israel to compete in the Olympics strives to stay apolitical while popularizing the sport back home.

07/13/2016 - 14:54
Editorial Intern

Professional golfer Laetitia Beck has an Israeli flag stitched onto the front of her golf bag. 

Laetitia Beck is ready to represent Israel as the only golfer on the country's Olympic team. Donald Miralle/Getty Images.

UPDATE: Rabbinate Issues Clarification In Lookstein Case After Widespread Criticism

Says it does recognize New York Modern Orthodox rabbi's conversions, and that the decision regards the specific case alone.

07/13/2016 - 14:45
Editorial Intern

The Chief Rabbinate issued a statement on Friday in response to the criticism surrounding its decision not to recognize the conversion of Nicole, a 31-year-old woman who underwent an Orthodox conversion under prominent New York Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

Top Rabbinical Court rules to reject conversions of rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump. Getty Images.

Critics Still Targeting Wiesel

Did the Nobel laureate have a moral blind spot on Israel?

07/13/2016 - 08:51
Staff Writer

Before Elie Wiesel was a survivor, he was a Jew. His introduction to Yiddishkeit had nothing to do with cuisine, comedy or politics, but the loneliness of exile, a yearning for Zion. He recalled that the first words of the first lullaby he ever heard were “In dem Bais Hamikdash,” in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, the widowed daughter of Zion sits alone, rocking her “Yidele” to sleep, one day he’ll wander.

Jonathan Mark

UJA-Fed. Taps New Leaders

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito take over as president and board chair.

07/13/2016 - 08:28
Staff Writer

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito were elected to three-year terms as president and chairman of the board, respectively, of UJA-Federation of New York at the recent meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

Jeffrey Schoenfeld, left, and Robert Kapito succeed Alisa Doctoroff and Linda Mirels at the charity.

Trump Aide: Two States ‘Not A Given’

Israel adviser Greenblatt, in Jewish Week interview, suggests ‘single-state solution.’

07/13/2016 - 08:25
Staff Writer

Just because successive U.S. administrations have pushed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not mean it is the only approach, according to the two Israel advisers of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Greenblatt: “Need to relook at” long-held U.S. policy.

Kotel Deal Headed To High Court?

Liberal leaders here and in Israel press case amid stalled implementation.

07/13/2016 - 08:24
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Frustrated over Israel’s stalled implementation of a compromise to establish a pluralistic prayer plaza at the Western Wall, an alliance of Israeli and North American liberal Jewish groups are vowing to escalate pressure on the ground at the Jerusalem holy site and in the Israeli courts.

USCJ’s Rabbi Steven Wernick, left, prays at Western Wall last week. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Jewish Groups Walk Tightrope On Racial Tensions

Trying to balance historic ties to black community and law enforcement.

07/13/2016 - 08:18
Staff Writer

As President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush sought to calm a jittery nation from Dallas this week in the wake of the killing of five police officers there, Jewish groups are walking a wind-blown tightrope as they respond to a national crisis that is putting the black community and law enforcement on a collision course.

Remembering the fallen: Photos of the slain police officers at Tuesday’s memorial service in Dallas. Getty Images

Trump Adviser: Boss ‘Is Not A Racist’

Greenblatt says Trump is ‘against anti-Semitism,’ lashes out at others for criticizing tenor of campaign.

07/12/2016 - 19:12
Staff Writer

Donald Trump is not a bigot or anti-Semite, he genuinely supports Israel, tells it like it is and the public should not always believe what is printed about him.

Greenblatt: "Need to relook at" long-held U.S. policy. Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/node/55996/edit#kDSmE9HVmGhPWIW

UJA-Fed. Taps New Leaders

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito take over as president and board chair.

07/12/2016 - 18:04
Staff Writer

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito were elected to three-year terms as president and chairman of the board, respectively, of UJA-Federation of New York at the recent meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

Jeffrey Schoenfeld, left, and Robert Kapito succeed Alisa Doctoroff and Linda Mirels at the charity.
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