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Reality TV Takes Cue From Shidduch Scene

Modern-day matchmakers introduce arranged marriage to NYC.

07/24/2014
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Reality TV seems to be learning a thing or two from haredi dating.

Show participants Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion agree to marry each other at first sight. Courtesy of FYI

In New Calendar, Naughty Jewish Boys Come Out

Who ever said Jewish boys can't be sexy? 2015 calendar with scantily clad (or completely unclad) Jewish men, now available.

07/24/2014
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Think Jewish. Think naughty. Think 2015.

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On stays fit by bench pressing bagels.
Yonah matzah? I think Yonah found the afikomen.
Jake stays cool, and stays Jewish. His proud Jewish star tells it all.
Ethan proudly wears his kippa and facial hair, while embracing his sexual identi

With Jabs At Obama, CUFI Lobbies For Iran Sanctions, End To P.A.

07/22/2014
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With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority.

Freedom Summer Memories

Black-Jewish alliance was brief, beautiful.

07/16/2014
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The naked light bulb was more harsh than bright. It was 3 a.m. on a sleepless, sweltering Florida night, June 19, 1964, in the St. Augustine jail. In a cell with two bunks were 17 Northern Jews, imprisoned for civil rights activities down South. Just 48 hours earlier they were relaxing at a convention for Reform rabbis in an Atlantic City hotel.

Martyrs of the movement: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Wikimedia Commons

Lorin Maazel, Legendary Jewish Conductor, Dies at 84

A child prodigy, Maazel's career began at age 7.

07/14/2014
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Lorin Maazel, internationally renowned conductor who led the New York Philharmonic, died on Sunday at his home in Virginia after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

Lorin Maazel, internationally renowned Jewish conductor, dies at 84. Wikipedia Commons.

New Hope for Crumbs Kosher Cupcakes

'The Profit' star Marcus Lemonis mulls investing in Crumbs Bakery, but plan isn't fully baked yet.

07/11/2014
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Fear not, kosher cupcake lovers — there is still hope.

Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” has agreed to finance the cupcake chain that abruptly closed its doors this week, the New York Times DealBook reported. Currently, he is outlining a new strategy that will expand Crumbs’ offerings beyond cupcakes.

The cupcake king might be coming back. Via Crumbs.com

Breaking The Ramadan Fast In The Company Of Jews

Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratory Ramadan meal and a chance to forge interfaith friendships.

07/11/2014
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This Ramadan, as Jews and Muslims exchange rocket fire in Israel and Gaza, those attending these meals say they are all the more significant, as a way of demonstrating that Jews and Muslims have much in common, and can enjoy each others’ food and company.

David Mattis, a Jew, embraces Sumaya Abubaker, a Muslim. RNS

The Healing Of Reb Zalman

For founder of Jewish Renewal, no successor but ‘a community of successors.’

07/09/2014
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For most of the 20th century, liberal Judaism, proud of its rational, academic underpinnings, had distanced itself  from — sometimes even disparaging — the mystical, fanciful chasidim of Eastern Europe. And yet, by the 1960s and increasingly with every decade since, Rabbi Zalman Schachter — or Reb Zalman as he preferred — mystical and fanciful, became the rebbe of the disconnected.

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, third from left, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama in 2004.

‘His Love Outsized His Fear’

Remembering Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.

07/08/2014
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He was my friend, teacher, purveyor of love and joy, and literary collaborator.

We published “The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery” (HarperOne 2014) in March. Three months later, on July 3, at the age of 89, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi died — and he was ready.

The author and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Carl Studna

Bachelorette Spoiler Alert: Is He Jewish?

Jewish bachelorette chooses Jewish soul mate.

07/08/2014
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Now that’s a shidduch.

Andi Dorfman chooses Jewish bachelor Josh Murray.
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