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U.C. Berkeley Opens Jewish Studies Center

The College's new program is launched amid a campus known for its anti-Israel activism.
10/21/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

U.C. Berkeley has announced the opening of a new Center for Jewish Studies, JWeekly has reported. The literary scholar Robert Alter is set as the Center's founding director, and the University has allocated $1 million to jumpstart the program.

Serious Jibber Jabber: Mel Brooks Goes Online With Conan O'Brien

10/20/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The 2,000 Year Old Man is still alive and kicking. Or in his case, kvetching. And promoting himself.

Iran Sanctions ‘Harmed By The Shutdown’

Obama administration makes case that gov’t shuttering undermining efforts.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Washington —  Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies this week before the House Foreign Affairs Commitee.

Survey: A Third Of Rabbis Afraid To Speak Honestly About Israel

10/15/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A survey of 552 rabbis found that a third of them hesitate to speak honestly to their congregations regarding their feelings about Israel.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Headlines New Entrepreneurship Program

Professionals in the field wonder about redundancy, priorities.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Mayim Bialik is that rare combination: a celebrity with serious Jewish street cred. An Emmy-nominated actress who’s passionately, publicly Jewish, she dishes on the challenges of Shabbat observance as a blogger for a parenting website. She’s even got yichus, or lineage, counting among her ancestors canonical poet Hayim Bialik.

TV star Mayim Bialik will headline CORE18 fellowship for jews ages 19 to 25. Photo courtesy CORE18

Is United Synagogue’s House ‘On Fire?’

Middle movement grapples with a way forward at centennial convention.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Baltimore — United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was marking its 100th birthday, but while recent survey findings about the movement were sobering, the spirit of the convention itself, dubbed “The Conversation of the Century,” was upbeat in focusing more on the future than the past.

United Synagogue CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick: Warns against remaining "a narrow denominatiion." Mike Diamond Photography

At Conservative Judaism Convention, Leaders Focus On Shrinkage

BALTIMORE — At their biennial convention, Conservative Jewish leaders called for renewing the “vital religious center” of American Judaism in the wake of numerous studies showing their movement is shrinking.

Facing Boycott, D.C.'s Jewish Theater Changes Plans For Israeli Play

10/09/2013 - 20:00
Web Director

In the face of opposition to plans to perform an Israeli playwright’s work exploring allegations of a 1948 Israeli massacre of Arabs, a Washington, D.C. theater backed by the federation there has revised its plans for the project, according to the Washington Jewish Week.

Reconstructionists Pick First Woman, Lesbian As Denominational Leader

10/09/2013 - 20:00

NEW YORK  — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College selected Deborah Waxman, a rabbi and historian of American Judaism, as its new president.

State Attorney General Asked To Intervene In Claims Conference Payments

Lawyers for survivors claim in complaint that group shortchanging heirs on property.
10/08/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been asked to compel the Claims Conference to compensate perhaps thousands of families for the property they lost to the Nazis.

Petitioners want Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to ensure that Claims Conference pays Holocaust survivors. Getty Images
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