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Poll: Jews Have Mixed Views On Power Of Diplomacy

New AJC survey shows less support for Iran strike, but pessimism on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite resumed talks.

10/29/2013
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American Jews are less supportive of a military strike against Iran, in case diplomacy fails to curtail the country’s suspected nuclear weapons program, than they were last year. Yet, barely one in 10 is more optimistic this year about the Middle East peace process — despite the fact that Israelis and Palestinians are back at the negotiating table for the first time in three years.

Whom do U.S. Jews favor as their next president? Democrats dominate. Graphic courtesy American Jewish Committe

Lou Reed: The Wise Child

Downtown Seder impresario Michael Dorf remembers the iconoclastic rock legend and his role at alternative Passover celebrations.

10/28/2013
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Lou participated in one of my first Downtown Seders at the Knitting Factory in 1994. In our version of this ancient ritual, we take the Haggadah and allocate the sections among musicians, thinkers, poets, political figures, etc. Each of the Four Children are represented, and I recall thinking if I should ask Lou to be the “bad” child or the “wise” child. I think that year John Zorn ended up being the bad child and Lou was the Wise Child and read one of his poems.

Rock legend Lou Reed loved Michael Dorf’s Downtown Seders. Getty Images

Mass. Transit Authority To Restore Dozens Of Ads Critical Of Israel

10/28/2013
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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it was restoring dozens of ads critical of Israel to its transit system that had been taken down following public complaints.

Rock Legend Lou Reed Dies At 71

'My God is rock and roll,' Jewish singer said.

10/28/2013
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Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the frontman for the band Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist, has died.

Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, died Sunday at 71. A cause of death was not made public.

He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

Lou Reed: Railed against bigotry in his music. Getty Images

Jewish Federations Chiefs Call For Free Jewish Preschool

10/25/2013
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The leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America are calling for free Jewish preschool for every Jewish family in America.

Slingshot Adds Women's, Disabilities Categories To Annual Guide

10/24/2013
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The Jewish grantmaker Slingshot released its ninth annual guide to the 50 North American Jewish organizations it considers the most innovative on Thursday, adding two supplemental guides in order to encourage under-represented categories to apply.

Slingshot's ninth guide almost doubles the number of organizations featured in its first one. Photo via slingshot.org

Boston Mayor Menino Proclaims 'Thanksgivukkah Day'

10/24/2013
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The once-in-a-lifetime confluence on Thanksgiving and Chanukah next month is getting to be a big deal – at least in Boston.

After Holiday Tragedy, Florida Rabbis Work To Cut Traffic Deaths

10/23/2013
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Following the death of an Orthodox Jewish woman who was killed while crossing a busy Jacksonville road on Yom Kippur, a group of rabbis met this week with a Florida Department of Transportation engineer to prevent a recurrence, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Forget Newsweek: Nominate A Hot Rabbi

10/23/2013
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Jewrotica.org – a website whose specialty is, well, Jewish erotica – has started a unique ranking of Jewish clergy: it’s looking for “The Hottest Rabbis of 2013.”

Brainy Breslow Clutch On The Hill In Red Sox Title Bid

10/23/2013
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When Craig Breslow entered Saturday night’s playoff game against the Detroit Tigers, FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver hailed the Boston Red Sox reliever — a Yale University graduate with a double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry — as the smartest player in Major League Baseball.

Craig Breslow is a brainy baseball player after a Jewish mother's heart. Keith Allison/Flickr
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