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Court Refuses To Overturn Beit Yonatan Evacuation in Eastern Jerusalem

05/24/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — A Jerusalem court has rejected an appeal by Jewish families to allow them to continue living in an eastern Jerusalem building.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled Tuesday not to overturn an order to seal off the Beit Yonatan building in Silwan, a predominately Palestinian neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. Eight families live in the building, which was built without a permit in 2004 by the right-wing group Ateret Cohanim.

Jewish Groups Urge Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

05/24/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) A coalition of 10 major Jewish organizations is urging Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

The coalition, led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, sent a letter Tuesday to Congress.

Cuomo, Other Democrats Kick Off State Campaigns

05/24/2010 - 20:00

Branding themselves “the new Democrats,” leaders of the state’s largest party kicked off their 2010 campaign Tuesday at the Rye Hilton in Westchester, hoping to move past four years of scandal and turmoil and maintain control of Albany.

Jewish Wisdom (not just) for Graduates

05/24/2010 - 20:00
JInsider

With university commencement season upon us, assorted pundits are appearing on local campuses to offer their self-help spiels. In reality, some of the best advice for graduates comes from our own Jewish wisdom. So in the spirit of America’s sound-bite culture and Hillel’s famous feat of summing up the Torah in one sentence (“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor”), JInsider offers some concise bits of Jewish wisdom in this week’s column. Here’s a taste on how to find one’s own purpose:

Graffiti For Israel On Display in New York, Tel Aviv

05/24/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Spray-paint stencil artist Sarah Brega recently found inner peace at the unlikeliest of places — a series of Sderot bomb shelters she had decided to spruce up.

“It was really peaceful in Sderot — I picked two or three bomb shelters to decorate,” Brega said. “It was like my dream, to have this empty canvas and do whatever I want with it.”

Sarah Brega’s spray-paint and stencil piece of Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Jabotinsky, hangs in the Eden Gallery in Tel Aviv.

Small-Scale Death Camp: Holocaust Portrayed Through Puppetry

05/24/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Susan Feldman has been to Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. But when the artistic director of St. Ann’s Warehouse traveled to the small Dutch city of Leeuwarden, she saw the concentration camps again — in miniature.

There, the theater group Hotel Modern was performing “Kamp,” an installation using thousands of three-inch tall, handcrafted puppets to re-enact life — and death — in Auschwitz.

Auschwitz in miniature: The puppet play "kamp."

Ethical Kosher Seal Nearing Marketplace for Conservative Jews

Conservative movement’s ambitious ‘Magen Tzedek’ in testing stages, hoping to have certified products on store shelves within year.
05/24/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With the trials of Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of the Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, still looming large over the kosher food industry, the Conservative movement is ready to make its mark on a field that is dominated by Orthodox companies.

After years of discussion and planning, the “Magen Tzedek” — which the Conservative movement calls the world’s first Jewish ethical certification seal — will complete beta testing with two food companies by the end of 2010.

Rabbi Morris Allen heads up the Conservative movement’s Hekhsher Tzedek commission.

Congress Delays Iran Sanctions Bill, With AIPAC Blessing

05/24/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In a sign of closer White House-congressional coordination on Iran, Congress is delaying an Iran sanctions bill several weeks to give the Obama administration time to shepherd new sanctions through the U.N. Security Council.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee blessed the delay, in part because an array of parallel measures are under consideration that would stiffen existing sanctions aimed at getting the Iranian regime to stand down from its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Israel Bristles At Palestinian West Bank Settlement Products Boycott

Yesha council calls targeting of settlement goods ‘economic terror.’
05/24/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israeli leaders have reacted harshly to a Palestinian boycott launched last Tuesday against products made in Israeli West Bank settlements, threatening to impose higher taxes on Palestinian-made goods and possibly blocking cash donations from European nations.

“It is unacceptable that the Palestinians are waging an economic war against us with the sense that everything is allowed,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as telling a meeting of his Likud Party Monday.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched the boycott of West Bank goods last week. Getty Images

Jim Joseph Foundation Grant Pushes Historic Partnership Of Jewish Seminaries

$33 million grant for teacher recruiting and training.
05/24/2010 - 20:00
JTA

Spurred by a major grant from one of the largest Jewish foundations, the rabbinical seminaries of three major synagogue movements are forging a groundbreaking partnership to train Jewish educators.

The Jim Joseph Foundation announced Monday that it was giving a combined $33 million to the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion, the Modern Orthodox Yeshiva University and the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel, top, and HUC’s president, Rabbi David Ellenson: New partners.
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