Israel Intercepts Jewish Boat Headed For Gaza

09/28/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Israeli commandos peacefully intercepted a boat carrying Jewish activists who hoped to breach Israel’s embargo of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Navy boats blocked the Irene, which was carrying 10 passengers and crew, at about midday Tuesday and diverted the boat to Israel’s Ashdod seaport.
The boat was carrying a cargo of toys and medical equipment for distribution inside Gaza. The inventory is intended for delivery to the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.



Israeli Jews Back Non-Orthodox Conversions, Poll Finds

09/28/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that non-Orthodox converts to Judaism should be considered Jewish, a new Israeli government survey reveals.

The survey released Monday, which was commissioned by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry to gauge Israelis’ perceptions of the diaspora, found that 63 percent of Israeli Jews believe that those converted by non-Orthodox rabbis should be regarded as Jews. Some 30 percent believed they should not be seen as Jewish.

Rape Charges Against Phoenix Rabbi Dropped

09/28/2010 - 20:00

 (Jewish News of Greater Phoenix) — Rape and sexual abuse charges against a Phoenix rabbi were dismissed six months after his arrest.

The criminal case against Rabbi Bryan Bramly was dismissed Sept. 15 in New York County Supreme Court, the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix reported.

Bramly has served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley in Chandler, Ariz., since 2006.

87 Senators Urge Continuation of Peace Talks

09/27/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Eighty-seven U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table.

The letter, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), thanks Obama for restarting direct peace talks and notes the threat to their success from what it calls "enemies of peace" -- Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

The Final Show At Terezin

The concentration camp's chorus, whose Requiem will be performed at Kennedy Center, sang out their sorrows.
09/27/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As a Nazi prisoner in the Terezin concentration camp, Edgar Krasa said he and other Jewish prisoners were forced to work all day and to survive on little food. What kept him and others going was the camp’s secret chorus.

“After work we went to a basement where we were encouraged to sing Czech songs we all knew,” recalled Krasa, who lives in the Boston suburb of Newton Center. “This was spiritually uplifting. And for those who [later] heard us sing in concerts, it reminded them of the life they had lived.

Terezin survivor Marianka Zadikow, who sang Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin.

Westchester’s ‘White Supremacist’ Candidate

ADL says Internet is empowering racist politicians like Jim Russell, Rep. Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger.
09/27/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

His own party leaders are repudiating the Republican candidate seeking to unseat 11-term incumbent Rep. Nita Lowey in Westchester, and the Anti-Defamation League is calling him a “white supremacist with anti-Semitic overtones.”

Jim Russell, Rep. Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger.

5770 Final Reflections: Most Popular Lists

09/27/2010 - 20:00

As part of our final 5770 reflection, JInsider wanted to weigh in on what created the most buzz in the Jewish community. Here is our first annual list of most popular stuff (as reported by those in the know). Tell us what you like or what should be included at

The Written Word
Source: Jewish Lights Books

The Politics(Or Not) Of Dance

09/27/2010 - 20:00

The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin has a loyal following. You can get a glimpse of it at almost any of the shows his celebrated company, Batsheva, has performed at The Joyce Theater this week. The last is this Sunday, Oct. 3.

Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, showed up over the weekend, and audiences have been packed each night with a strong Israeli base. Then there’s his other devoted followers — Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel.

Batsheva’s Ohad Naharin: “More interested in human values” than politics.

Writer Makes Novel Push To Sell Books

09/27/2010 - 20:00

There’s something satisfying in buying a fresh tomato from the farmer who grew it. Author Jonathan Papernick thinks people may feel the same way about buying books. The fiction writer says he’s “going old school,” hand selling his books from the back of a pushcart.

Painted fluorescent green, his pushcart is actually the kind of shopping wagon used in large grocery stores, with a sign in Hebrew-inspired letters, “Bringing Market-Fresh Fiction Directly to the People.”

His own best salesman: Jonathan Papernick will sell his books from a pushcart, from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sukkah City: The Sequel

After two-day frenzy in Union Square, a chance to reflect in the quiet of a museum.
09/27/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Visitors to last week’s “Sukkah City” in Union Square tended to ask two questions.

First: “Are these sukkahs really kosher?” Second: “Why couldn’t they stay up throughout the holiday?”

“In Tension” got a second chance for viewing at the Yeshiva University Museum, where its netting and tubes suspended a garden ov
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