'Jewish Indiana Jones' Bound For Prison


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

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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


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"

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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

No Ducking Oregon Loyalty In Queens

How Lander College for Men adopted the Oregon Ducks football team.

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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.

Picking Up The Pieces In A Shocked Synagogue Post 'Peeping Rabbi' Scandal

Some victims say shul leadership ignored signs of problem with Rabbi Freundel; how does a community cope?

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This upcoming Shabbat, the basement of Congregation Kesher Israel will be filled with members partaking in a synagogue-sponsored dinner.

Congregants struggle to return to normalcy post 'peeping Rabbi' scandal.

Rappers' Commandments: One Million Of Them

New website presents popular Twitter tweets from artists and rappers as the modern day Ten Commandments.

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Bet you didn't know there are more than just Ten Commandments. More than 613, even.

The Ten Commandments Meet the 21st Century.

Freundel Scandal Means Fresh Relevance For New Sex-Ed Program

In wake of Freundel scandal, Seven Wells to launch first synagogue-based sessions here.

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When Rabbi Jessica Rabbi Minnen was a college student at Washington University, she found herself having a recurring conversation with her peers — about sex.

Rabbi Jessica Minnen founded Seven Wells, a sex-education program for adults in their 20s and 30s.  Ellen Dubin Photography

Open Hillel Holds First Conference At Harvard

How representative is the alternative movement of Jewish opinion on college campuses when it comes to Israel?

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Cambridge, Mass. — Harvard senior Rachel Sandalow-Ash scanned the exuberant crowd that packed a campus auditorium last week.

A representative of Jewish Voice for Peace speaking with a student at the Open Hillel conference last week. JTA
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