If Djerba, a small island in the Mediterranean off the southeast coast of Tunisia, is the Jerusalem of Africa, as its community claims, then the lovely El Ghriba synagogue is its Bet Hamikdash, or Holy Temple.
Are we back to square one in the debate over conversions in Israel? It appears so, but first a brief review of this unfortunate episode. A year ago there was great concern about a proposed bill in the Knesset that would allow only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at conversions in Israel.
Rabbi Marc Angel of Manhattan is going out with a bang.
As he prepares to retire from the pulpit this fall, the prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi and former president of the Rabbinical Council of America, has fired a salvo at his own movement, saying it is “slipping over the line to a cultic superstitious kind of religion.”
The handsome, charismatic head of state has somehow maintained public support despite a series of incredible, seemingly fatal setbacks — from political scandals to being labeled a liar within his own party to well-publicized extra-marital affairs. He’s been counted out a dozen times in the last year alone, but he has survived and now even seems to be gaining ground. How does he manage to do it?It’s a question Benjamin Netanyahu and Bill Clinton could have asked of each other when they met at the White House this week.
Just a few months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was fighting for his political life. Now, with the collapse of the Palestinian unity government and Hamas’ bloody takeover in Gaza, Olmert was warmly greeted this week at the White House and by Jewish leaders here.
When Columbia University President Lee Bollinger this week waded into the controversy over the threatened British academic boycott of Israeli universities, he put on the front burner an issue that had not caught fire here.
As the 40th anniversary of Israel’s capture of the Golan Heights from Syria neared this week, Israel carried out military exercises in the Negev using a mock Syrian village. At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel is not looking for another war, but rather wishes to pursue peace with Syria.
Citing a gradual decline in membership over the past 30 years, the rabbi of the East Nassau Hebrew Congregation in Syosset, L.I., decided late last year to sell the building.
But a group of area residents who claim to be synagogue members have sued to block the sale. The lawyer for the group, Michael Adler, said they want to pay the rabbi, Solomon Appleman, $1 million just to walk away and let them reorganize the congregation with the help of the local Chabad or some other organization.
Jerusalem — Charles Bronfman, the increasingly high-profile Canadian Jewish philanthropist who chaired last week’s General Assembly of the UJA Federations of North America here, is the leading candidate to chair the new superagency, made up of the United Jewish Appeal, the Council of Jewish Federations and the United Israel Appeal, sources at the GA said.The merger is expected to take place early next year, and though Bronfman has his own highly active family foundation, the word in the halls at the GA was that he will agree to give the new entity the kind of high-recognition, m
The Israeli Air Force continued its targeted strikes this week against Hamas terrorists who are building and firing Kassam rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip while Hamas leaders reportedly disagreed among themselves whether to continue the attacks and some Israeli leaders argued for a tougher response.