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Riverdale Orthodox Shul To Have Woman Lead Kabbalat Shabbat Tonight

07/29/2010 - 20:00

In a move that apparently would make history for an Orthodox synagogue in the United States, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale is scheduled Friday night to have a woman lead a Kabbalat Shabbat service where both men and women are expected to be in the pews.

Staten Island Congressman In ‘Jewish Money’ Flap

07/29/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A list of Jews who donated to a local Republican congressional challenger that was compiled by the Democratic incumbent's campaign -- and led to the firing of an aide on Thursday -- is tied to Democrats' growing fears of a backlash in November against President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, The Jewish Week has learned.

Wrist-Slap Deal Struck With Torah ‘Charlatan’

07/28/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A Maryland Torah scribe whose dramatic claims of rescuing Holocaust-era scrolls came under suspicion earlier this year has agreed to stop making such assertions unless he can prove them, according to an agreement reached with Maryland’s Attorney General.

Be Prepared … And Keep The Sabbath

Boy Scouts’ Shomer Shabbat Contingent gears up for jamboree.
07/27/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 Ezra Sanders, a 17-year-old resident of the Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is now attending the 17th National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America, an event that began Monday and ends next Wednesday at a military base in Virginia.

But he and about 80 other teens, many of them students at yeshivas and Jewish day schools, received a taste of what the event might be like as they toured the National Mall Sunday in Washington.

Orthodox scouts at the Museum of Jewish Heritage last week. Photo: Michael Datikash

ADL Downgrades Swastika As Jewish Hate Symbol

Watchdog group adopts new, conservative reporting of incidents against Jews.
07/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The painting of a swastika — that dark, ubiquitous signature of hateful vandals everywhere — is no longer automatically considered an act of anti-Semitism under new guidelines for recording attacks against Jews announced this week by the Anti-Defamation League.

The most prominent Jewish defense agency in the country, perhaps in the world, announced on Tuesday that it has revamped its guidelines for recording anti-Semitic incidents in its annual survey for the first time in 30 years, taking a more conservative approach.

Has the swastika become a general symbol of hate?

Farm-To-Table Ethos Grows At New Camp

Eden Village melds eco and Jewish values, and has campers saying, ‘Pass the zucchini.’
07/27/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

 

At Eden Village Camp, a brand-new Jewish sleep-away camp in Putnam Valley, 50 miles north of Manhattan, the children are actually clamoring to eat their vegetables.

 

On a recent hot and muggy Wednesday, while approximately 40 campers ranging in age from 8 to 17 listened eagerly from the long dining hall tables, a counselor announced the lunch menu: eggplant and summer squash, fresh from the camp’s own farm and stuffed with polenta, quinoa, lentils, feta cheese and pickled Swiss chard, along with a green salad.

Blessed is the fruit of the earth: At Eden Village, campers help grow much of the food.  courtesy of Eden Village Camp.

Table For One: For Singles, ‘Cool’ On A Hot Summer Night

Up on the roof at an MJE mixer.
07/27/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Call it the Cool Factor.

Dr. Allison Stakofsky, a pediatric resident, said Jewish singles events pose the threat of being a difficult [read: awkward] experience. Yet she was grateful to be having “Cocktails on The Roof” along with nearly 250 other singles at the Manhattan Jewish Experience on West 86th Street, and there were indeed some prospects.

Rabbi Mark Wildes

With Conversion Bill Postponed, What’s Next?

Can 400,000 of Israel’s Russians be absorbed into society without alienating non-Orthodox Jews?
07/26/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Although some American Jewish leaders said this week that they will be entering upcoming negotiations over the proposed Israeli conversion bill free of preconceptions, a leader of Reform Jewry said there remains a “red line” for his movement.

 “The critical point will be giving ultimate authority to the Chief Rabbinate, which is a fundamental violation of the status quo,” said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. “In my opinion, that is the red line.

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