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College Students Get App To Combat Anti-Semitism

Simon Wiesenthal Center launches CombatHateU to encourage immediate reporting of anti-Semitic incidents on campus.

10/08/2014
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Early Sunday morning, just hours after the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) at Atlanta’s Emory University was spray-painted with swastikas and offensive graffiti. The Anti-Defamation League immediately released a statement calling the incident “despicable and cowardly.”

CombatHateU App.

In Brooklyn, Jewish Voice For Peace Protests Tel Aviv Team

10/07/2014
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The Jewish Voice for Peace organization, which frequently holds anti-Israel protests outside such venues as politicians’ offices and Israel-affiliated groups, will protest Tel Aviv's basketball team today.

Google Does Sukkot

The search engine giant is building two halachically correct ritual huts at its New York office.

10/07/2014
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Editor's Note: Check back Wednesday for more about Google's Sukkot celebrations: a photo essay, video and more details from inside the huts.

Getting creative with your sukkah decorations this year? You’ve got serious competition—from Google.

A Tel Aviv sukkah. Wikimedia Commons

Questions Over Child Molester’s Early Release

Baruch Lebovits is sprung after just three months. Was sentencing law misapplied?

10/06/2014
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A judge’s apparent misunderstanding of correction law caused a notorious chasidic child molester to get out of jail at least eight months earlier than the judge intended when he sentenced him — despite being informed of the mistake, The Jewish Week has learned.

Baruch Lebovits. Jesse Ward/NY Daily News

Jewish Fraternity House At Emory U Defaced With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

10/06/2014
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A historically Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in Atlanta was targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Reform Movement Joins ‘Klinghoffer’ Protest

10/02/2014
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The Reform movement today joined the chorus of Jewish organizations protesting an upcoming Metropolitan Opera production widely considered anti-Semitic.

A rally protesting the Met Opera's "The Death of Klinghoffer" drew about 1,500-2,000 people. Michael Datikash/JW

Nailing It Down

Getting a manicure, complete with a Jewish history lesson.

10/01/2014
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Before every major holiday, I indulge in a special manicure featuring Jewish-themed nail decals with my son’s girlfriend Vivyan. For Chanukah, the tiny blue dreidels spin with every wave of our hands. On Passover, the plagues are upon us — hail on our thumbs, shank bones on our pinkies. Even though I never intended a manicure to be anything other than a manicure, this fun tradition has also unexpectedly become a painless opportunity to explain Jewish customs and history to Vivyan, a Buddhist Vietnamese-American.

Angela Himsel

Charedi Influence At Play In Ramapo Referendum

Issues will likely linger long after this week’s vote.

10/01/2014
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As voters in embattled upstate Ramapo went to the polls this week, at stake was the power of the growing population of charedi Jews in the Rockland County suburb. Tuesday’s referendum, led by a group of activists called Preserve Rockland, was aimed at lessening charedi political power in a town that has fought a years-long battle over Orthodox control of the public schools.

Images from "Vote Yes" pamphlet put out by a group calling itself "Vadd [sic] Lihatzulas Monsey."

Forty Years Of ‘Making History’ At CBST

Manhattan’s gay and lesbian synagogue marks a milestone with new illustrated book.

10/01/2014
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In what may be the largest Kol Nidrei service in New York City, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is expected to host about 4,000 people at the Javits Center on Friday night. These services are free of charge, open to all.

Results Signal Anger At — And Among — Orthodox Jews

Rare ballot initiative seeks to curb political influence of Rockland's growing charedi community.

09/30/2014
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Update, Sept. 30, 11:25 p.m.: According to The Journal News, amid claims of voter confusion and fraud, a judge has ordered the Rockland County Board of Elections to impound all referendum vote ballots. No official results will be released before Oct. 10. 

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A page from a mailing from a group calling itself “Vadd [sic] Lihatzulas Monsey” (Committee to Save Monsey) urging a yes vote.
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