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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.

Communications activist silenced in Cuban jail cell

03/10/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Alan Gross has been about communications all his life: The call-mom-everyday son, the family newsbreaker, the message guy for Jewish groups, the get-out-the-vote enthusiast for candidate Barack Obama, the technology contractor who helped the U.S. government bring the world's remotest populations into the 21st century.

Now, however, Gross, 60, of Potomac, Md., has been languishing for three months in a Cuban high-security prison and his rare conversations are monitored by Cuban officials.

AIPAC calls for swift action to block U.S. companies supporting Iran

Unusual appeal to Congress follows New York Times report
03/10/2010 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is calling on the U.S. Congress to take several immediate steps in response to a New York Times report revealing that the federal government has awarded more than $107 billion in grants, contracts and other benefits to foreign and multinational U.S. companies conducting business in Iran.

Biden: Bond with Israel ‘unbreakable’ but U.S. will note misstep

Tel Aviv speech altered after Jerusalem housing announcement
03/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The U.S.-Israel bond is unbreakable, but the United States will keep both sides accountable for their actions, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said.

Biden's address Thursday at Tel Aviv University, meant to have been an expression of friendship, was altered in part by Israel's announcement this week that it planned to build 1,600 new housing units in disputed eastern Jerusalem.

Israel’s ‘Macho’ Move

East Jerusalem housing announcement seen marring Biden visit amid ‘proximity’ talk launch.
03/09/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Israeli approval Tuesday of another 1,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem — coming just hours after Vice President Joe Biden announced in Jerusalem the launching of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — stunned the White House but should not have been surprising, according to Middle East expert Stephen P. Cohen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Monday.
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