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Jew Invents Christian Mezuzah: 'Christooza'

Financial advisor from Queens sells Christoozas for $20 a pop.

06/24/2014
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Thought the Hanukkah bush was the only way to reinvent the wheel? Think again.

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Pew Report Inspires Theatrics, Literally

Premier of 10 new plays expands conversation on Jewish identity.

06/23/2014
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The 2013 Pew Research's Center's "Portrait of Jewish Americans" painted a rather gloomy picture, reporting 22 percent of Jews describe themselves as having "no religion." However, PEW-ish, an unusual new project designed to expand the conversation about Jewish identity, has decided to take a more proactive approach--on the stage.

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Authors Foer, Krauss Have Been Separated For A Year

06/19/2014
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Award-winning Jewish authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss are legally separated.

East Ramapo Schools Under State Supervision

Chasidic school board president calls appointment of fiscal monitor 'hateful bigotry'; activists hope for transparency.

06/18/2014
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Tensions in a Rockland County public school district ratcheted up another notch last week after the state appointed a fiscal monitor to oversee a school board composed primarily of Orthodox Jews that manages a public school system where nearly all the students are black or Latino. 

From left, East Ramapo school activists Steve White, Carole Anderson and Antonio Luciano. Michael Datikash/JW
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Kidnapped Teens Are ‘Us’

Rallies and psalms as community seems to transcend differences in shared grief for ‘the boys.’

06/18/2014
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There are rallies for politics, and for social causes, but here was a rally of such intimacy, so intensely personal, that the most frequently heard words were “us,” “love,” “imagine” — and “kidnapped.”

A woman in the West Bank town of Gvaot takes part in prayer for three kidnapped yeshiva students. Getty Images
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Remembering The Lessons Of The Holocaust, Without Bitterness

German consulate bestows Order of Merit on Holocaust survivor and Claims Conference negotiator Roman Kent.

06/17/2014
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The incongruity of the moment was inescapable.

Roman Kent, an 89-year-old, Polish-born Auschwitz survivor, stood in the living room here of German Consul General Busso von Alvensleben’s home last month and heard the German official describe him as a man who “went through hell and yet brought the message of tolerance and solidarity to so many.”

Roman Kent, left, last week received Germany’s Order of Merit from Consul General Busso von Alvensleben.  Jörg Windau

How ‘Free’ Is Israel’s Press?

Panel revisits the Anat Kamm affair and what it says about the public’s journalistic appetite.

06/17/2014
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Every year, Freedom House, a well-known NGO monitoring the state of democracy worldwide, releases its “Freedom of the Press” index. The index, evaluating press freedom according to fixed parameters, divides the world’s countries into three categories: those with a free press, those where the press is only partly free, and those where there is no freedom of press at all.

Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, left, Freedom House’s Karen Karlekar, former Haaretz editor Dov Alfon and Lisa Goodman. Gili Getz

N.Y. State Appoints Monitor For Majority Orthodox School District

06/12/2014
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The New York State Education Department is appointing a fiscal monitor to oversee a troubled school district run by a majority haredi Orthodox Jewish school board.

A Symbolic Schlep

Three years ago, Natalie Gerber’s friends ran while she was treated for cancer. This year, she’s strong enough to do the run herself.

06/11/2014
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Three years ago, Natalie Gerber was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, while her friends and family were running a 5K race in her honor. This year the 30-year-old mother of three will be running the race herself as a testament to her recovery and in gratitude to those who helped her.

Friends of breast cancer survivor Natalie Gerber will run with Gerber this year in the Cheryl Diamond NYC 5K Schlep.

Cuomo Asks State Education Department To Oversee Majority Orthodox District

06/11/2014
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NEW YORK (JTA) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressuring the state Department of Education to ensure oversight of a troubled school district run by a majority haredi Orthodox school board.

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