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Act Of God Hits Houses Of God

Summer storm damages Great Neck Synagogue and disrupts services at other shuls.
06/28/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

An unusual early summer storm disrupted Shabbat services at many Great Neck, L.I., synagogues last weekend and did considerable damage to the front of Great Neck Synagogue.

The brief storm last Thursday afternoon brought 100-mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain and large hail to the area, leaving most roads impassable and the community without electric power. According to the National Weather Service, the damage was caused by a microburst, a strong downdraft including an outburst of potentially damaging winds.

Three large trees smashed into the front of the Great Neck Synagogue in last week’s storm. Kym Newborn

Accused Pedophile To Resign From Queens Rabbinical Board

In agreement with Vaad, Rabbi Ephraim Bryks to leave in October; officials decline to state reasons.
06/28/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A Queens rabbi who has been dogged by allegations of sexual abuse against children, but never charged with a crime, has reached a negotiated agreement to leave the Rabbinical Board of Queens in the fall, The Jewish Week has learned.

Rabbi Ephraim Bryks: Leaves Vaad under a cloud.

For Israeli Arabs and Jews, Soccer Puts Identity Politics In Play

Cultural tensions and overlaps on view in World Cup rooting interests.
06/28/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — At World Cup time, soccer fever is hailed as a cosmopolitan common denominator.

A café in the central square in Nazareth, is adorned with flags of World Cup favorites. Right, fans watch a match at Tel Aviv.

Aliyah Journal: Two Second Acts In Full Swing In Israel

A musician and a tour guide, both with N.Y. ties, are overcoming odds to rewrite their life scripts in Jewish state.
06/28/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: With the numbers of those making aliyah from North America on the rise, much of the attention has been focused on Orthodox families making the move. Last week, we reported on a pilot program for college students and recent graduates considering moving to Israel. This week, meet two people — both young singles — who each left New York to move to Israel alone.

Ben Soloway is persevering as a tour guide despite walking with difficulty. Rivka Oppenheim

Kushner And Gillman: Still Wrestling With Uncertainty

Fifty years after their JTS graduation together, Harold Kushner and Neil Gillman reflect on their career paths.
06/28/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When, late this spring, 16 distinguished-looking silver-gray and white-haired gentlemen stood side by side on a stage at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) to pose for their half-century reunion photograph, you could almost see them blinking through their smiles, reflecting in their minds’ eyes on the younger selves that appeared in a similar photo of the rabbinic class of 1960.

Fifty years of influence, and counting: Rabbis Harold Kushner and Neil Gillman.

Shalit Family, Supporters Begin Cross-Israel March

06/28/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The family of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and thousands of supporters began a protest march to mark the four years of his captivity.

Under the slogan "Gilad is still alive," at least 2,000 supporters on Sunday joined Shalit's family on a march from northern Israel to Jerusalem, a 120-mile walk that is expected to take about 12 days. The march, which left from the family's home in Mitzpe Hila near the Lebanese border, will make stops in sites significant to the family.

Engel slams Chavez for Calling Israel 'Genocidal'

06/28/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Latin American subcommittee slammed Venezuela's president for calling Israel a "genocidal" state.

Hugo Chavez, this week hosting Syrian president Bashar Assad, described their countries as having "common enemies": "The Yankee empire, the genocidal state of Israel."

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said Chavez needed to distract attention from his own problems.

With BP’s Spill in Mind, Israel Considers Delivery of Natural Gas

06/27/2010 - 20:00
JTA

TEL AVIV (JTA) – More than a year after a massive natural gas find in the Mediterranean Sea off the Israeli coast sparked hopes in Israel of a new era of energy independence, the project is running into concerns about how the gas can be delivered safely.

The BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised concerns in Israel about processing the gas and its delivery within the country.

New Zealand Jews Plan to Fight for Kosher Slaughter

06/27/2010 - 20:00
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Barring a last-minute policy reversal, Jewish leaders in New Zealand appear certain to launch legal action against the government over its controversial new law banning kosher slaughter.

Israeli Foreign Ministry employees stage slowdown, could affect Netanyahu's U.S. visit

06/27/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Foreign Ministry employees have stopped making arrangements for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington next month.

The action is part of a partial strike to achieve better wages for Israeli diplomats, Haaretz reported Monday.

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