Jews On Both Sides Of Mosque Events

Dueling rallies attract Jews and 9/11 families; J Street, JFREJ and several synagogues defend proposed Islamic cultural center.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Those who follow politics within the local Jewish community don’t normally see Rabbi Laurence Sebert’s name on published ads, petitions or letters. Nor do they see quotes from the rabbi on heated or controversial issues.

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky of Ansche Chesed speaks Sunday at St. Peter’s Church near Ground Zero.

Neilah Revealed: Yom Kippur’s Epiphany Moment

09/13/2010 - 20:00

If Judaism were the sport of baseball, then Yom Kippur’s Ne’ilah prayer would be the ninth inning of a World Series game. The liturgical and spiritual experience of Ne’ilah truly offers a once-a-year intensity through its personal and religious intimacy. To best understand its deeper meaning, JInsider spoke with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, author of the best-selling “60 Days: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays.” This practical and thoughtful companion to the High Holiday prayer book is a great playbook for novices and professional shul-goers.

L'Shana Tova!

Self-Help Meets Orthodoxy

09/13/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Mega-church Pastor Rick Warren has “The Purpose-Driven Life,” Deepak Chopra peddles Eastern-style enlightenment and motivational guru Tony Robbins offers myriad life-changing tips.

Now, in an Orthodox twist on the self-help craze, a Stamford, Conn., rabbi will keep his High Holy Day-based website alive for Chanukah and Passover.

Conductor Murry Sidlin leading a performance of “Defiant Requiem.”

Holocaust Concert Or Care For Survivors?

09/13/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Elie Wiesel is the honorary host of the concert at Washington’s Kennedy Center. The host is former U.S. Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, who has championed the cause of Holocaust reparations. Members of Congress and the Obama administration will likely be in attendance. And the acclaimed conductor Murry Sidlin will be leading the National Opera Orchestra in a concert chronicling the defiance and resistance of Jewish prisoners at Terezin.

Conductor Murry Sidlin leading a performance of “Defiant Requiem.”

Avigdor Lieberman to Address U.N.

09/13/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Avigdor Lieberman will become the first Israeli foreign minister to address the United Nations General Assembly.

Lieberman will travel to New York at the end of the month to address the international body, according to Israel Hayom.

He will be addressing the General Assembly instead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the latter's commitments to the relaunched direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

American Jewish Right Muted Ahead of Possible Extension of West Bank Settlement Freeze

09/13/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Don't expect a familiar American echo now that West Bank settlers are gearing up to fight the possible extension of Israel’s settlement freeze.

Activists on the left and right in Israel usually get their allies in the American Jewish community to fight for the cause of the day with congressional lobbying and protests to Israeli and American officials.

Second Round of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Held in Egypt

09/13/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The second round of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians brokered by the United States ended in Egypt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gathered Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheik.

Brandeis Students, Alumni Demand Peretz Apology

09/12/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than 350 students and alumni at Brandeis University called on columnist Martin Peretz to apologize for saying Muslims do not value human life or deserve free speech.

Gay Saudi Diplomat Fears Persecution

09/12/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A Saudi Arabian diplomat based in Los Angeles has requested political asylum because he is gay and close friends with a Jewish woman.

The diplomat was identified Saturday by NBC News as Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles. Asseri said he was effectively fired from his position since his diplomatic passport was not renewed by Saudi officials. He told NBC in an email message that he would be killed if he returned to Saudi Arabia.

Netanyahu Hints at Continuing Freeze

09/12/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled he would heed, in part, an appeal from President Obama to continue the settlement freeze.

"Between zero and one there are a lot of possibilities," Haaretz quoted Netanyahu as telling his Cabinet ministers on Sunday. Other media quoted similar remarks from the prime minister, suggesting that he is considering quashing some -- if not all -- of the thousands of building permits set to kick in when the partial moratorium he imposed last fall expires on Sept. 26.

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