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Farm Bill Politics Sink Amendment To Provide Kosher And Hallal Food To Needy

06/20/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

An amendment to the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program that would require goods suitable for people in religious communities passed the House of Representatives last week.

But the federal Farm Bill to which it was attached was defeated in the Republican-led House 234-195 on Thursday night because of objections to the extent of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) .

History, yes. Respect, well …

06/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A rose by any other name, wrote Shakespeare, would smell as sweet. A rabbi by another name is an infinitely more complicated matter.

Maharats March Into Jewish World

First-ever ordination at Orthodox women’s seminary seen as ‘sea change,’ but steep hurdles persist.
06/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It was a rite of spring, as graduations are.

But this one, like Stravinsky’s 100-year-old musical score, was a controversial and bold break with tradition and all that came before.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz, left with Maharats Ruth Balinsky Friedman, left, Rachel Kohl Finegold and Abby Brown Scheier. Joan Roth

Alabama Jews Denounce Farrakhan Appearance At Voting Rights Rally

06/12/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

An appearance Friday by Louis Farrakhan at a rally against changes in the Voting Rights Act mobilized the Birmingham Jewish Federation to educate the public about the Nation of Islam leader’s record of anti-Semitism.

Louis Farrakhan will be among speakers calling for continued protections of Voting Rights Act. Getty Images

Iran Election Seen Having Little Impact On Israel Stance

06/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Polls are predicting that about half of Iran’s 50 million eligible voters will go to the polls Friday to elect a new president, but Middle East expert Uzi Rabi said the winner in the six-man race is not expected to make any major changes in his dealings with Israel.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election crushed false hopes of reform in the 2009 election. Getty Images

A New Power At The UN?

Ambassador-designate Samantha Power’s interventionism thrills pro-Israel crowd — except when it’s about Israel.
06/10/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Washington, D.C. — Samantha Power brings to foreign policy an activist impulse that many in the pro-Israel community wish was more prevalent among American diplomats.

Samantha Power, left, President Obama’s nominee as UN ambassador. Getty Images

Google Reportedly Set To Buy Hot Israeli Startup Waze

06/09/2013 - 20:00

(JTA) — Google will acquire the Israeli navigation company Waze for $1.3 billion, an Israeli business daily reported.

Neither Waze nor Google has confirmed the report by Globes. A later report by Bloomberg put the price at $1.1 billion.

Some 50 million motorists share information about traffic via Israeli startup application Waze.

Round Of Honors For Educators

Area Jewish teachers get Covenant, other awards.
06/05/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

With the last day of school on the horizon, some Jewish educators are receiving not just year-end cards and gifts, but prominent awards.

The Covenant Foundation just announced the three recipients for its annual Covenant Award: Zion Ozeri of The Jewish Lens, Howard Blas of Camp Ramah in New England and Judy Finkelstein-Taff of Chicago Jewish Day School.

Zion Ozeri, winner of a Covenant Award for education.

‘Without Him They Would Not Have Been There’

The son of poor immigrants, Sen. Frank Lautenburg remembered as a giant of liberal and Jewish causes, and critical advocate for Soviet emigrés.
06/03/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

About a dozen years ago, Frank Lautenberg, then the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was invited to serve as keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens that New Jersey’s Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest was hosting.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg addresses supporters at an 2002 election . Photos by getty Images

Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

American publisher and Israeli nonprofit team up on groundbreaking Jewish ed-tech incubator.
06/03/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the first-ever incubator focused on developing Jewish educational games, apps, software and other high-tech resources.

Israel’s Center for Educational Technology (CET) and the Springfield, N.J.-based Behrman House announced the joint project Tuesday — the news was closely guarded until then — at CET’s annual “Shaping The Future: Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship” conference in Tel Aviv.

David Behrman, of Behrman House, Gila Ben-Har of CET and Avi Warshavsky of MindCET announce new incubator. Behrman House
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