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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Dies at 89

Father of the Jewish Renewal movement and legendary spiritual leader.

07/03/2014
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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of the Jewish Renewal movement and a Holocaust survivor, died today at age 89 in Boulder, Colo. The news was announced by his wife, Eve Ilsen, on the online journal she used to chart his health complications.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Private Businesses Need Not Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Rules

06/30/2014
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Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees.

In New Focus On Outreach, Young Israel Hires Aish HaTorah Rabbi

06/26/2014
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Researchers report that fully 22 percent of American Jews say they have no religion – a figure that jumps to 32 percent among those born after 1980. The National Council of Young Israel is hoping to do something about that by launching an outreach program, “One Community,” headed by a rabbi who honed his skills working for decades for Aish HaTorah, widely known for its skill at "kiruv."

Deep Concern Over Presbyterian Divestment Vote

Ripple effect among other mainline Protestant denominations not seen as leaders survey damage.

06/25/2014
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Jewish interfaith leaders and those who fight the global effort to delegitimize Israel were scrambling this week to assess just how much damage was done when the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Friday to divest from three American companies doing business in the Jewish state.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs,urges Presbyterians to reject divestment resolution last week in Detroit. Courtesy of URJ

Times Criticizes Met's Cancellation Of 'Klinghoffer' Simulcast

06/20/2014
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The Metropolitan Opera’s decision this week to cancel a live broadcast of the controversial contemporary opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” was lamented by the New York Times today as “a step backward” for the Met and its general manager, Peter Gelb.

The Times said the opera “has been widely praised” and that many of its critics “have not actually seen it.” And it called on Gelb to resist pressure to cancel altogether the eight performances of the opera, which begin Oct. 20.

Mother Of Alan Gross Dies

06/19/2014
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WASHINGTON — The mother of Alan Gross, the Jewish-American contractor imprisoned in Cuba, has died.

Dov Charney Ousted for 'Alleged Misconduct'

American Apparel founder pushes one controversy too far.

06/19/2014
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The racy clothing retailer American Apparel has finally ousted controvertial founder, Dov Charney after an ongoing investigation into "alleged misconduct."

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Sex Joke Shande?

A young aspiring comedian's sex-heavy set inspires a debate about chillul hashem.

 

Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves On Cantor

From fundraising to foreign policy, gauging what his loss means for Jews and Israel.

06/18/2014
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Eric Cantor’s defeat in the Republican primary last week to a challenger considered even more conservative than he is raises three major issues that have been discussed at length in the general press: the future of the Republican Party, the status of President Obama’s legislative for the balance of his term and the role of money in campaigns.

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