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CNN Hires Former Israeli Ambassador Oren As Commentator

01/14/2014
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Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren confirmed that he is joining CNN as an on-air analyst and contributor.

The American-born Oren, a noted historian, served as Israel’s top envoy to the U.S. from 2009-2013. He has already appeared on CNN several times, and penned an obituary for Ariel Sharon for the network.

Oren: Wrote biography of Sharon

JTA And MyJewishLearning Announce Intention To Merge

01/14/2014
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JTA and My Jewish Learning announced their intention to merge the two organizations, according to an article on JTA's website.

YU's Debt Downgraded To Junk Status

01/13/2014
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Yeshiva University’s debt has again been downgraded by a ratings agency, this time to below investment grade, or junk status.

Survey: Jews Give Less To Their Congregations Than Non-Jews Do

01/13/2014
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Most American Jews give at least some of their charitable donations to organizations that have some connection to Jewish life, although a substantial part of the community continues to give generously to non-Jewish causes, according to a new demographic study to be released later this week.

Missing Mass. Teen Caleb Jacoby Found Safe In New York

01/09/2014
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The missing teenage son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby was found safe in New York City on Thursday night as the apparent result of a tip.

Images of Caleb Jacoby posted by his father, Jeff, on Facebook.

Retiring NFL Star Credits Philanthropic Jewish Family

01/07/2014
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The rain dripping from his uniform provided an unceremonious end to London Fletcher’s career as the Washington Redskins linebacker headed to the locker room following a recent road loss to the New York Giants.

London Fletcher at middle linebacker for the Washington Redskins.  Photo courtesy Washington Redskins

Against Michigan, Aaron Liberman’s Kippah Makes Hoops History

01/07/2014
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On Jan. 5, Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor. In the process, the redshirt freshman made history twice.

Jewrotica Names 'Sexiest Rabbis Of 2013'

12/31/2013
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A Women of The Wall activist, the founder of a queer yeshiva and the Orthodox leader of New York's Stanton Street Shul are among the 10 "Sexiest Rabbis of 2013" named by the website Jewrotica.

The site picked six men and four women, all but three U.S.-based, for the inaugural honor out of more than 150 nominees sent by  "students, congregants, community members and families all over the world," Jewrotica said.

Rabbi Jill Hammer: Appreciates 'playful intent' of list. Photo via Jewrotica.org

‘The Real Challenge Is To Love The Stranger’

A local rabbi and imam try to bridge a wide gulf.

12/24/2013
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Rabbi Marc Schneier is the founder and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an organization that works internationally to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and other ethnic communities. He recently published with Imam Shamsi Ali “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims” (Beacon Press), featuring a foreword by President Bill Clinton. The book, written in alternating chapters, grows out of an unusual friendship: Rabbi Schneier, the 18th in a rabbinic line and founding rabbi of the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island, and the imam, the son of an Indonesian farmer who studied in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and now leads the Jamaica Muslim Center, both embrace pluralism, promote compassion and denounce all forms of hateful behavior.

Imam Shamsi Ali, left, and Rabbi Marc Schneier. Frederic Brenner

An Investment In Souls

Rabbi David Ellenson remembers the legendary philanthropist whose eye was trained on the future.

12/24/2013
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Many will surely speak of Edgar Bronfman and his legacy — and deservedly so. I will leave it to others to describe his extraordinarily privileged background, his many achievements in the realm of business and commerce, and his manifold philanthropic works. Each area of his exceptional life is worthy of a full-scale treatise, and I have no doubt that a complete academic biography of the man will soon emerge — the temptation for an academic or graduate student to describe the history of Jewish life in our day through an exploration of this one man’s life is surely irresistible.

Edgar Bronfman: Hailed for candor, humor and curiosity.
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