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'Jewish Indiana Jones' Bound For Prison

10/12/2012

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

10/10/2012
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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

10/07/2012

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"

08/31/2012
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.

08/30/2012
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.

Boehner’s Bibi Surprise

01/22/2015
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The invitation from Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio,) the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress appears to have been very personal, indeed – virtually no one outside the Boehner-Netanayhu circle had any idea it was coming until just before Boehner’s announcement this morning.

United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism Selling Its Real Estate

01/22/2015
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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is selling its New York office.

The organization announced Wednesday that it signed a contract last month to sell its two-floor condo in midtown Manhattan for $15.9 million. Proceeds from the sale of the Second Avenue property will go toward paying down its debt, renting new office space and establishing a foundation to fund ongoing programs, United Synagogue said.

Bacon Is Kosher This Week

In New Hampshire, that is.

01/21/2015
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Its scent on a lottery ticket, that is – not the actual pig product.

Scratch, sniff, win. Via nhlottery.com

Amid Threats, Jewish Blogger Returns

Did Brandeis student Daniel Mael’s right-wing, pro-Israel politics play a role in backlash against him?

01/21/2015
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When Daniel Mael, a 22-year-old Brandeis senior, returned to campus for his final semester last week, he was advised by university police not to walk anywhere alone.

Daniel Mael defends his right to free speech. Courtesy of Daniel Mael
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