An Apparent Abuser Remains Free

A U.S. beit din ruled against a rabbi and four Israeli seminaries, but an Israeli religious court took little action.

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This summer Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, 45, a former Chicagoan who has owned and has taught at four Bais Yaakov seminaries for American girls studying in Israel, was found guilty of sexual misconduct by the only American beit din (religious court) specifically dealing with charges of sexual abuse.

The U.S. beit din dealing with sexual abuse warned students not to attend Israeli seminaries headed by Rabbi Elimelech Meisels.

Recession-Hit Boomers Rebound, With A Little Help

HFLS business-launch course measures success as it enters third year.

Jewish Week Correspondent

Working for another person or company in a recession-battered economy is similar to “driving with your knees,” says Steve Felix, an expert in real-estate investment management. He worked in that field for more than 30 years before getting laid off in 2011.

David Grupper, left, and David Klein, formed Point Made Animation, Inc. Doug Chandler/JW

Jewish Groups Blast Nation-State Bill

Opposition fueled by concern about possible fallout.


Washington — It’s not unusual to hear U.S. Jewish groups speaking out against laws that discriminate and framing their protests as protecting Jewish interests.

Inside the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School, an Arab-Jewish school that was vandalized last week. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Orthodox Union Condemns N.J. Rabbi’s Anti-Arab Rhetoric

Statement follows Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s 'Dealing With Savages’ blog post but doesn’t refer to it.


A growing chorus of Orthodox leaders are speaking out against the anti-Arab rhetoric of a prominent New Jersey rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck.

Rabbis Condemn N.J. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s Anti-Arab Rhetoric


A growing chorus of Orthodox leaders are speaking out against the anti-Arab rhetoric of a prominent New Jersey rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck.

Abbas Still Washington’s Guy

Despite ‘incitement,’ the PA president seen as bulwark.


Washington — The Mahmoud Abbas whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused of incitement has said the Jewish state practices genocide and called the temporary closure of the Temple Mount after a terrorist attack a “declaration of war.” Yet virtually no one in Washington wants Abbas to do anything but what he’s done for nine years: be president of the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, center, visiting the Ramallah grave of Yasir Arafat.Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Prominent Presbyterians Push Back On Divestment

Full-page ad in Times grew out of interfaith meetings in wake of church’s ‘one-sided’ sanctions vote.

Staff Writer

On the Upper West Side, Rev. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of the Auburn Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a veteran of a study mission to Israel and dialogue activities with the Jewish community.

Influential Orthodox Rabbi -- And JW Columnist -- Comes Out As Convert

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz urges Judaism to embrace the 'other.'

Staff Writer

Shmuly Yanklowitz, popular Orthodox rabbi and columnist for the Jewish Week, revealed in a Sunday New York Times opinion piece that he is a convert.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz. via

Obama Administration, ADL Concerned About Israel’s ‘Jewish State’ Bill


Washington — The Obama administration and the Anti-Defamation League expressed reservations about Israel’s proposed “Jewish state” law.

Ferguson Protesters Find Sanctuary In Synagogue

Central Reform Congregation of St. Louis has opened its doors in solidarity amid rioting.

Staff Writer

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri have found an unexpected refuge — in a synagogue.

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Getty Images.
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