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'Jewish Indiana Jones' Bound For Prison

10/11/2012 - 20:00

The odd case of the self-styled, globe-trotting "Jewish Indiana Jones"  took a sad turn Thursday when Rabbi Menachem Youlus was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for fraud.

Indy-cent behavior: Maryland bookstore owner made up exploits, defrauded charity.

Workmen's Circle Study Finds A New Kind of Jew

One in six American Jews are engaged and unaffiliated, look outside synagogue for Judaism
10/09/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

About a million of the six million American Jews say being Jewish is very important to them, but that they find their Jewish engagement outside of a synagogue, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The survey shows that there is a third way to be Jewish, its sponsor, the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, wrote in a press release. A person can be an observant Jew, who attends synagogue; a cultural Jew, who enjoys Jewish humor or an “engaged and congregationally unaffiliated” Jew.

COO Probe Concludes At Hadassah

10/06/2012 - 20:00

Hadassah concluded its investigation of former COO Larry Blum for allegedly misusing his corporate credit card but declined to release any details.

Meet 2012’s Great Schlep

Week-old website offers 1,300 “Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews"
08/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sure, the Great Schlep --  the 2008 video urging young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida to convince them to vote for then-candidate Barack Obama -- had live action, and Sarah Silverman’s star power.

Rachel Shukert, a comedy writer, and Ben Abramowitz, are the husband-and-wife team behind YiddishCursesforRepublicanJews.com.

No Ducking Oregon Loyalty In Queens

How Lander College for Men adopted the Oregon Ducks football team.
08/29/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

College football kicks off this week, and the 2012 season schedule and pre-season clips about the No. 4-ranked University of Oregon Ducks have already started appearing on campus.

On the Lander College for Men campus in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.

The 300-student Orthodox school in the heart of an Orthodox neighborhood has no football team, no teams of its own beyond intramural flag football, but Lander College has become a bastion of UO-fandom, 2,500 miles east of Eugene, Ore.

O, baby: Lander’s Herb Ratner with some of the school’s Oregon Ducks fans.

Pepe The Frog Meme Added To ADL Hate Database

09/29/2016 - 15:35

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has added the internet meme Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that has become a popular symbol for white supremacists, to its online hate database.

Pepe the Frog, an internet meme, has become a symbol of the alt-right. (Twitter)

Obama Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Peres

09/29/2016 - 10:59

President Barack Obama announced he was heading to Jerusalem to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres and ordered flags flown at half-staff, a rare honor for foreign leaders.

A flag at the U.S. Capitol flies at half staff in 2012. Getty Images

Jewish Vote Seen As Key In Pa., Florida Battlegrounds

New study cites Bucks County, Pa., and Palm Beach as fight over jobs intensifies.

09/28/2016 - 12:29
Staff Writer

With the first bruising presidential debate behind them and only five weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are turning their attention to industrial battleground states in an effort to gain ground in a race that has become too close to call.

Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump leave the stage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra Uni. in New York on Sep, 26. Getty

17 Jewish Groups Sign Letter Urging Congress To End Abortion Coverage Restrictions

09/28/2016 - 11:36

Jewish groups made up nearly half the signatories of a letter urging Congress to expand abortion availability.

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