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President Endorses Gay Synagogues


President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City


BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Pop Music In Touro Poli Sci Class

Staff Writer

Some students at the Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn will be listening to songs of the Beatles, Billy Joel and “Les Miserables” as part of their classroom work this fall.

Pouring Over Their Jewish Lessons

Staff Writer

Students in day school Jewish studies classes usually devote their time to the likes of Abraham, Moses and Joshua.

Israeli Unity Through Education?


As a way to bridge the disunity that nearly half of Israelis view as a significant social issue in the Jewish state, 78 percent of Israelis said they would support national educational efforts to introduce religious students to their secular counterparts.

That was the finding of a recent survey of Israelis conducted by Gesher, an Israeli organization dedicated to bridging the gaps between different segments of Israeli society, and funded by UJA-Federation of New York.

BDS: The Legal Fights To Come

Special To The Jewish Week

Everyone, it seems, is in the BDS game these days: Sheldon Adelson, the Presbyterian Church, American universities and their students, national Jewish groups — and, not least, Congress and state legislatures. 

A sign calling for the boycott of Israeli products in Bethlehem. Getty Images

Incubating An ‘Innovation Movement’

Hebrew U. pilot program playing matchmaker between international group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists looking for the next big product.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — They have 10 weeks to perfect The Pitch. And The Ask.

Come Sept. 10, 16 aspiring and current entrepreneurs from as many countries will sit across the table from a panel of venture capitalists looking for the next great product to invest in.

The 16 TIP participants pose for a group shot at the Beersheva Cyber Park. Courtesy of Hebrew University

Brown Vs. Board Of Education

For ex-CNN anchor and convert Campbell Brown, Judaism sharpens focus on kids and school reform.


‘The public school system in this country is broken,” says Campbell Brown, education-reform advocate and former NBC and CNN news anchor.

CNN anchor-turned-education-advocate Campbell Brown is launching a news site called The Seventy Four.

A Different Kind Of Prayer Education

New JTS center aims to address a rising ‘crisis in prayer.’

Staff Writer

The childish notion of soliciting a white-bearded man in the sky is no way to pray like an adult, according to Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, director of liturgical arts at Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbinical students at JTS will experiment with different types of prayer at the new Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts.

For Catholic Educators, A Glimpse Of Israel’s Diversity

Local teachers, part of wider ADL program, gain new perspective on Jewish state.

Staff Writer

Joseph Madonna, a teacher at a Catholic high school in New Rochelle, was in the El Al security line at JFK last summer, along with nearly 20 other Catholic educators on their way to Israel for the first time … when suddenly they weren’t on their way at all.

Catholic teachers in the Anti-Defamation League’s Israel trip this summer sail on the Sea of Galilee. Photos Courtesy of ADL
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