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Rabbi Apologizes To Dancing Bar Mitzvah Boy

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Editor & Publisher

Rabbi David Wolpe has made a public apology to Sam Horowitz of Dallas, the bar mitzvah boy whose lavish party and professionally choreographed celebratory dance has gone viral on the Internet via a YouTube video. 

Agudath Israel Slams N.J. Law Prohibiting 'Reparative Therapy'

08/19/2013 - 20:00

The haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America condemned a New Jersey law prohibiting gay reparative therapy for minors as an infringement on religious freedom.

Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $3.6 Million To Four Educational Institutions

08/18/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

One of the largest foundations supporting Jewish education in the United States just awarded approximately $3.6 million in new grants to four institutions.

JFN Launches Social Change Matching Fund

08/14/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish Funders Network, a service organization for philanthropists, announced today the launch of a “Jewish Social Change Matching Fund” that will offer $1 million to Jewish social change organizations and projects.

Blazing Their Own Philanthropic Path

Newer donors committed to Jewish causes, but want giving to be hands-on, report finds.
08/13/2013 - 20:00
Managing Editor

In a major new report on “next-gen” Jewish giving whose findings are likely to produce a collective sigh of relief among nervous communal professionals, young Jews of means appear seriously committed to donating to Jewish causes. And they are often moved to do so by a strong sense of Jewish and secular values passed down from their families.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, sporting the company’s latest invention, is a giver to Jewish causes.  Getty Images

PR Firm Known For Serving 'Jews On The Left' Breaks Up

08/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabinowitz/Dorf, the premier Washington, D.C. communications firm known for serving Jewish clients and causes, has broken up, with the junior partner taking over half – and most of the non-Jewish – accounts.

Sephardic Songstress Eydie Gorme, Part of Legendary Showbiz Duo, Dead At 84

08/11/2013 - 20:00

Eydie Gorme, who won two Grammy Awards singing solo and with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died.

Gorme died at a Las Vegas hospital on Saturday following a brief illness, according to a statement by her spokesman. She was 84.

The statement said she was “surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death.”

Gorme, whose 1963 song ”Blame It on the Bossa Nova” was her biggest hit and won her a Grammy nomination, performed in nightclubs, and as both a solo artist and with Lawrence since the mid-1950s. They performed in Las Vegas for many years. Gorme retired in 2009.

Young Donors Give In New Ways

Major new report reveals that affluent young Jews are still committed to Jewish causes, and want a 'seat at the table.'
08/07/2013 - 20:00
Managing Editor

In a major new report on “next-gen” Jewish giving whose findings are likely to produce a collective sigh of relief among nervous communal professionals, young Jews of means appear seriously committed to donating to Jewish causes. And they are often moved to do so by a strong sense of Jewish and secular values passed down from their families.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, seen here sporting the company's latest invention, is a giver to a Jewish causes. Getty Images

Activist Pamela Geller To Testify At Toronto Police Board Over Nixed Shul Talk

08/05/2013 - 20:00

Blogger Pamela Geller said she will testify over a complaint she filed against a Toronto-area police force in the cancellation of a synagogue appearance.

Panken Stressing ‘Creative Outreach’

Tech-savvy rabbi says Reform movement and its 900 congregations are strong, but must meet young people where they are.
07/31/2013 - 20:00
Managing Editor

Rabbi Aaron Panken, 49, the newly tapped president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, likes to mention that he was trained as an electrical engineer and is an amateur pilot. It’s his way of saying he’s tech-savvy, a focus he’s likely to bring to the job as he takes over the Reform seminary at a time of great educational change.

Rabbi Aaron Panken
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