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Salita Takes Shot At ‘Redemption’

08/24/2010 - 20:00

 This time, no boos, no jeers, no shouts of “kike!” And hopefully, no whuppin’.

It’s been eight months since Ukrainian-born, baal teshuvah fighter Dimtriy Salita was knocked out — in the boxing equivalent of a blink of an eye — in a title fight against Pakistani Muslim Amir Khan in Newcastle, England. In that bout, Salita was fighting before a hostile, mostly Islamic crowd that reportedly crossed the line from partisanship to vocal anti-Semitism.

This time he’s hoping for home-court advantage, so to speak.

Dmitriy Salita hoping to improve his record, reputation in Brooklyn bout next week. Michael Datikash

At Moishe House Birthright Moves In

08/24/2010 - 20:00

 Birthright Israel trip participants have a new Shabbat dinner invitation waiting for them when they return: at their local Moishe Houses.

Moishe House, a growing network of subsidized communal residences for young Jewish adults, recently announced it would team up on Shabbat programming with Birthright NEXT, an initiative that helps the free Israel trip alumni deepen their engagement in Jewish life.

Residents and guests at the Moishe House in Orange County, Calif., celebrate their first joint Shabbat dinner.

Will Netanyahu Change Coalition?

Experts divided on prospects of talks, but some suggest prime minister may be willing to bring in Kadima.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

If the Palestinians are serious about a peace agreement with Israel, many analysts believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the desire and ability to deliver it — even if it means having to change his coalition.

“If [Mahmoud] Abbas decides to move forward and do what is doable, he will have a partner in Netanyahu,” said Jonathan Rynhold, a senior lecturer at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said his focus is on security before engaging in peace talks.

N.J. Hebrew Charter Wins State Commissioner Support

East Brunswick’s Hatikvah facing last-minute legal battle but has won the backing of state attorney general.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
New Jersey Jewish News/New York Jewish Week

With New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education ruling in its favor Thursday, a fledgling Hebrew-language charter school’s chances of opening, as scheduled next month have dramatically increased.

New Jersey’s first Hebrew charter school, Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in East Brunswick received its charter earlier this year and final state approval this summer, but is facing  resistance from the East Brunswick Board of Education, which filed a lawsuit against it on Aug. 11, arguing that the school has insufficient enrollment.

Leaving Disappointed, But Not Despairing

Shrinking Conservative congregations, like B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre, will one day regain members, says outgoing Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

His congregation has steadily declined in membership over the last 15 years, dropping from between 600 and 700 members to less than half that number today.

“It’s not a shock,” said Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, spiritual leader for the past 37 years of Temple B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre. “It’s where the Conservative movement has been heading for many years.”

Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz.

After Convert’s Murder, A Trail Of Broken Hearts

Jamaica-born Yoseph Robinson’s unlikely journey, cut short in a botched Brooklyn robbery, touched numerous lives in the Orthodox community he chose.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

 Perhaps it was inevitable that in Brooklyn’s small community of Orthodox black Jews, Yoseph Robinson and Lahavah Wallace would eventually meet.

Yoseph Robinson said he was “kidnapped by God” to live life as an Orthodox Jew. He worked at a Midwood liquor store.

Modest Chic Now Grabbing Market Share

Demand for stylish modest clothing seen on the rise.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — When Sharon Hymans, a 33-year-old resident of Beit Shemesh, about half-way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, goes swimming, she does so in a swimsuit that allows her to swim while maintaining religious modesty.

The suit, by HydroChic, an Israeli manufacturer of modest swim- and sportswear, is attractive but not revealing, and exactly what Hymans, an Orthodox Jew who immigrated to Israel from England five years ago, was looking for.

Israel- and New York-based HydroChic is one of several manufact urers of modest swimwear and activewear worldwide.

JCC Leader Stepping Up Support For Rauf

JCC in Manhattan’s Rabbi Joy Levitt calls on other centers in Jewish, Christian communities to back imam’s project.
08/23/2010 - 20:00

The head of the JCC in Manhattan reiterated on national television Sunday that she is advising the effort to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero. And she went a step further.

JCC in Manhattan Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt: Appeared with Daisy Khan in TV interview Sunday.

In Response to Vague Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Jewish Groups Deliver Vague Message

08/23/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two weeks before their launch, the promised renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has already engendered a first: a joint statement of welcome by mainstream U.S. Jewish and Palestinian groups.

Hagee Drops Support for Im Tirtzu

08/22/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- John Hagee Ministries will discontinue funding for an Israeli right-wing group that has depicted the New Israel Fund and its affiliates as anti-Israel.

The decision to end funding for Im Tirtzu was revealed in an email by Lee Wunsch, the president of the Houston Jewish Federation, and obtained over the weekend by Richard Silverstein, a blogger who has campaigned against funding the group.

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