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Reclaiming The Keffiyah?

01/27/2010 - 19:00

Miffed that the keffiyah, the draped checkered headscarf worn by Yasir Arafat and often identified with the Palestinian cause, has become a “must-have” for many fashionistas?

Concerned that even the most humungous Jewish star around one’s neck can’t compete in the ethnic pride department?
If so, check out the “Israeli Keffiyeh,” the brainchild of New Yorker Bernard Chertok. Chertok’s company, Dveykus, manufactures “JewCentric” T-shirts aimed at promoting Jewish pride.

The Israeli Keffiyeh: Scarf with “star” power.

Todah ‘Rabba?’

01/27/2010 - 19:00

The Orthodox world is one letter — the letter “i” — away from calling a woman rabbi.
Sara Hurwitz, who has for almost a year filled rabbinic roles at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale alongside the Orthodox shul’s longtime rabbi, Avi Weiss, recently took on the new title “rabba” (pronounced ra-BAH).

Sara Hurwitz: From “maharat” to “rabba.”

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01/19/2010 - 19:00

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Sobibor Survivor Testifies In Demjanjuk Trial

01/21/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — A survivor testifying at the war crimes trial of accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk said he did not recall seeing Demjanjuk at the camp.

The court heard Tuesday from Thomas Blatt, 82, one of the few remaining survivors of the Sobibor death camp. Blatt, who lost his family there, recounted many details about his months at the camp until he escaped during a prisoner uprising in October 1942. He said he could not remember seeing Demjanjuk there.

Applications Begin For Homeland Security Grants

01/21/2010 - 19:00

Rep. Anthony Weiner will host a town hall meeting Monday morning, Jan. 25, with non-profit institutions from Brooklyn and Queens to discuss the application process for Homeland Security grants that can be used to enhance security for local community institutions. The meeting will be held at the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn.

Zaka Volunteers Arrive In Haiti Via Mexico

01/21/2010 - 19:00

Members of the Zaka rescue team, Orthodox Israelis who are trained to identify and recover human remains, came to Haiti last week after responding to a helicopter crash that killed members of a prominent Jewish family in Mexico.

Son Of Bridge-Shooting Victim Faces His Own Ordeal

01/21/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Supporters of a Crown Heights Lubavitch family have started a fund to aid 8-month-old Moshe Sasonkin, who suffered from a rare infection that required the amputation of both his arms, a leg and one foot.

Opening Hearts, Wallets For Haitians

Jewish community here, in outpouring of care, pitches in after quake.
01/20/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

At a Jewish Y on Long Island, Jewish employees take up a collection for the families in Haiti of two maintenance men. In Brooklyn, members of the haredi Orthodox community hold a historic meeting with representatives of the borough’s Haitian-Americans. In southern Florida, a former New Yorker travels to Haiti on short notice to help the relatives of his Haitian-born employees.

The work of Israeli doctors in a makeshift army field hospital in Haiti. Getty Images

Painting The Church-State Line

Left, right and a range of faiths join for statement clarifying where the law stands on religious expression.
01/21/2010 - 19:00
JTA

Washington — The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Baptist Convention may butt heads over where the line ultimately should be drawn on the separation of church and state, but representatives of both organizations say they agree on where the law now stands — and with more than two dozen other experts they have come together to help explain it to the rest of the country.

After nearly four years of work, the organizational representatives have issued a 32-page document titled “Religious Expression in American Public Life: A Joint Statement of Current Law.”

Written in a question-and-answer format and including extensive endnotes, the document explains the state of the law on religious expression, answering queries such as “Are individuals and groups permitted to use government property for religious activities and events?” “May employees express and exercise their faith within secular nongovernmental workplaces?” and “Does the First Amendment place restrictions on the political activities of religious organizations?”

Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress, left, and the OU’s Nathan Diament helped draft the new 32-page document.
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