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Arnold Forster, Longtime ADL Leader, Dies

03/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Arnold Forster, an attorney who had a nearly 60-year career at the Anti-Defamation League, has died.

Forster fought against anti-Semitism and extremism, and advocated for civil rights and the State of Israel. He was 97 when he died Sunday night.

Oren Offers To Return To Irvine

03/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Israel’s U.S. ambassador has offered to return to the California university where students interrupted his speech last month.

Michael Oren in an open letter Monday said he would meet with students at the University of California, Irvine who disagree with his point of view.

Eleven students were arrested for disturbing the Feb. 8 lecture.

University President Mark Yudof and Chancellor Michael Drake apologized to Oren over the incident.

Grand Wine Tasting

03/10/2010 - 19:00

Pomegranate, the kosher gourmet grocery store in Flatbush, Brooklyn, will supply a half-dozen dips at The Jewish Week-sponsored Grand Wine Tasting to be held Sunday, March 14, 1-5 p.m. at City Winery, in Tribeca.

The dips — including hummus, Pomegranate’s most-popular dip — and crackers will complement some 170 wines at the event. “There’s a demand for our dips,” says owner Abraham Banda.

Challenged Adults Act Out — In A Good Way

Improvisational exercises and role-playing games ‘teach life skills’ to those in Ohel program.
03/10/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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For Youth Groups, Strength In Numbers

Northern Westchester congregations team up for teen programming.
03/10/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s a perennial challenge: how can congregations keep their teens connected to the Jewish community and involved in Jewish life once the bar/bat mitzvah is over? While many communities have success with vibrant youth groups that attract middle and high school students, the problem for four Conservative congregations in northern Westchester was that none of the congregations, individually, could sustain a viable youth program.

An area teen takes part in an art-as-social-action project.

The Pushke App

Getzy Fellig’s eCharityBox makes tzedakah easier for both donor and recipient.
03/10/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The pushke, or charity box, may well be a relic of the past to many members of the younger generation of Jews. In fact, promotional materials for eCharityBox paint the small tin can as a PC in a world of Macs — not only old school, but also a barrier to giving for those who want to give on the go, with just a click of their BlackBerry or iPhone.

Getzy Fellig

Amid Furor, Weiss Retreats From ‘Rabba’ Title

Deal with RCA means only one ‘rabba’ will exist; Orthodox feminists ‘saddened’ over development.
03/10/2010 - 19:00
JTA

On the eve of a conference marking the expansion of leadership roles for women within Orthodoxy, the trend’s most prominent rabbinic proponent has, amid intense criticism, backtracked from his near-ordination of female rabbis.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, left, and Sara Hurwitz.

An 18-minute Pesach Preparation

03/10/2010 - 19:00

 

In the Torah, shmura matzah — watched or guarded matzah — is one of the primary mitzvot of Passover. “You shall guard the matzot” (Ex. 12:17) is the commandment that guides the production of unleavened bread, protected from harvesting to baking, to ensure that the combination of water and flour do not remain together beyond 18 minutes, when forbidden chametz forms.

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An Inspiring Jewish Journey

03/10/2010 - 19:00

JInsider recently launched the $100 Million Idea, a brainstorming program for the Jewish future. The premise: Imagine you have just won the lottery and will donate $100 million to the Jewish community in 2010. What would you do with it, and why? We received such incredible responses that we wanted to share another one with you this week. Check out other thoughtful responses at jinsiderblog.com and tell us what you think at connect@jinsider.com.

Adam J. Smolyar is senior vice president of strategic marketing and  communications for  The Jewish Federations of North America

Lox To Lose In Latest Ban

03/10/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

First Shabbat elevators and now ... lox?

Lox is getting shmeared in latest haredi ruling.
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