Child Struck By Lightning At URJ Summer Camp Remains Critical

06/29/2013 - 20:00

Ethan Kadish, the only one of three campers still hospitalized after being struck by lightning last week at a Jewish camp in Indiana, remains in critical but stable condition.

The 12-year-old from Cincinnati requires help with his breathing and needs his chest cleared, according to his family, who set up a website,, to provide updates on his condition.

“Ethan continues to work with his medical team on recovery,” the Kadish family wrote. “We want to let all of you know that his recovery is going to take time.”

ADL And Other Jewish Groups Hail Ruling Against DOMA

06/25/2013 - 20:00

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday hailed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

The DOMA lawsuit had been brought by a Jewish woman, Edith Windsor, who was forced to pay federal taxes on the estate of her late wife, Thea Spyer, who was also Jewish, despite the fact that their Canadian marriage was recognized as legal by the state of New York, where they resided.

SCOTUS Rulings: A Roller Coaster Ride For Liberal Jewish Groups

06/25/2013 - 20:00

A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal legitimacy.

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

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.
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