A Guide To Living A Serious Jewish Life

Major new book by Conservative rabbis offers thoughtful essays on wide range of knotty issues.
10/10/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

At a time when denominational walls seem to be growing ever higher, the new religious guidebook from the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly is meant for all “contemporary Jews,” not necessarily just Conservative ones.

The Conservative Movement's new guidebook is as vast and ambitious as a Russian novel, and as long.

From PJ To Posters

Harold Grinspoon commissions and distributes ‘Voices & Visions’ series.
10/10/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the weeks after Sukkot, a staff meeting at the Shorefront Y in Brighton Beach will begin with a dozen employees of the Brooklyn facility looking at a few posters.

Harold Grinspoon calls the PJ Library poster series he commissioned "informal education." Photo courtesy PJ Library

Jewish After-School Stressing Flexibility

From Berkeley to Washington Heights, budding network offers families fresh alternatives.
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

For Rachel and Joel Silverman — a two-career couple in Atlanta — Hebrew school used to be yet another item on the family’s already crowded to-do list.

Monday through Friday, the working parents needed after-school care for their daughters. Then on Sundays, when the adults were home and eager for unstructured family time, they had to shlep the kids to Hebrew school.

A Sukkot celebration last year at Kesher in Newton, Mass. Courtesy of Kesher Newton’s Facebook page

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images

Eight Congressional Races To Watch

Will L.I. race give the GOP another Jewish congressman? Will Shelley Berkley survive?
10/02/2012 - 20:00

JTA has identified eight congressional races of particular Jewish interest and four others featuring potentially viable Jewish contenders.

Top eight congressional races to watch:

U.S. Senate: Hawaii: Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R)

In Second At-Bat, Greenberg Strikes Out

Jewish major leaguer took a pitch to the head in 2005
10/02/2012 - 20:00

Adam Greenberg, a baseball player who was hit in the head by a pitch during his first major league at-bat for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, struck out in his second ever appearance in the major leagues.

A Jewish Batter Gets Back To The Bigs

09/27/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the aftermath of Aly Raisman's glittering triumph at this past summer's Summer Olympics in London, a different kind of Jewish sports hero is now making headlines.

After seven years out of the show, Adam Greenberg has signed a contract for a single at-bat.

An Etrog Tree Grows In Arizona

Meet Matt Bycer, a lawyer and organic farmer seeking to establish a domestic supply of the Sukkot fruit.
09/24/2012 - 20:00

Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise.

Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to water his etrog farm.

New species of lawyer: Matt Bycer, a patent attorney by day, has established a small etrog farm at his Phoenix home.

Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?

Netanyahu comes in for some criticism for meddling in U.S. election.
09/24/2012 - 20:00

Washington — In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from Jewish Democrats.

Bibi Netanyahu’s implied criticism of President Obama reflects Israeli-U.S. tensions. getyy images

Feds Take Over B’nai B’rith Pensions

With employee plan $25 million in debt, move raises questions about group’s future.
09/24/2012 - 20:00

Washington — The U.S. government’s recent takeover of B’nai B’rith International’s pension plan, which is more than $25 million in debt, raises serious questions about the long-term viability of the 169-year-old, once-giant Jewish organization.

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