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Reconstructionists Pick First Woman, Lesbian As Denominational Leader

10/10/2013
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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.

10/09/2013
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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

Shutdown Blues

From Iran sanctions to yoga time, federal shuttering casts long shadow over Jewish D.C.

10/09/2013
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Washington — Meals on Wheels may disappear, Iran sanctions are at risk and yoga is filling in the gaps.
This is what the federal government shutdown looks like in Jewish Washington.

A Pulpit Rabbi Makes Push For Political Civility

As he takes over NJDC, Jack Moline hopes to ‘elevate level of discourse’; dismisses Orthodox move to GOP.

10/09/2013
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Rabbi Jack Moline, a well-known pulpit rabbi in Alexandria, Va., has decided to leave the pulpit after more than 30 years to try his hand at politics.

Rabbi Jack Moline

‘What A Place This Was’

A longtime Jewish resident of the Motor City ponders a town down but perhaps not out.

10/09/2013
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Detroit — Twenty-five years ago I took a new job and moved here from Kansas City. The area was new to me, but I had been charmed by the stories my father had told me about growing up in Detroit. That snappy ginger ale drink, Vernors, was from Detroit, and my father often spoke about sneaking into Briggs Stadium to see the Tigers play.

The former B'nai David Synagogue is now a Baptist Church. Photo via Historicbuildingsarchives.com

Study Finds Kosher Chicken Less Safe To Eat

10/09/2013
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Despite widespread consumer perception that kosher food is healthier and cleaner, kosher chicken might be less safe to consume than conventional poultry, a new study found.

Denying Discrimination, Hobby Chain To Sell Chanukah Items

10/07/2013
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The president of Hobby Lobby said the Oklahoma-based chain will carry Chanukah items in its stores near areas with large Jewish populations. He also said he would investigate the claim that an employee displayed hostility toward Jews when asked about Chanukah decorations.

Steve Green in an interview with The Associated Press published Saturday said the items will be in his crafts stores in New York and New Jersey by November.

Hobby Lobby has "deep respect for the Jewish faith," its president says. Photo via hobbylobby.com

JFNA, Ruderman Foundation Launch Disability Employment Initiative

10/07/2013
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The Jewish Federations of North America and the Ruderman Family Foundation will be placing young adults with disabilities in internships and fellowships at five federation offices in an effort to promote disability inclusion in the Jewish community.

Jewish Book Council Announces 2014 Sami Rohr Finalists

10/07/2013
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The Jewish Book Council has announced the 2014 finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, among them a study of how newcomers learn to become Orthodox; a look at Jewish culture in pre-state Palestine and the story of the struggle over the Aleppo Codex.

Judge Reprimands Rubashkin Lawyer On Juror Interviews

10/03/2013
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A federal judge reprimanded an attorney working on behalf of jailed former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin.

In a meeting Tuesday, U.S. District Chief Judge Linda Reade told the attorney that interviews of jurors in Rubashkin’s 2009 trial on bank fraud charges cannot be used for future appeals or other court proceedings, according to The Gazette, a newspaper based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Reade met with attorneys from both Rubashkin and the government.

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