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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.

Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?

Cantor’s loss, isolationist foreign policy and Jews in the GOP.

06/18/2014
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Rep. Eric Cantor’s surprise loss in a primary election last week will leave Congress without a Republican Jewish member and pro-Israel organizations without one of their strongest advocates on Capitol Hill, but it will likely not diminish support for the Jewish community’s legislative agenda, political observers said this week.

Cantor silenced: The Virginia Republican was defeated by a Tea Party candidate.  Getty Images

Leave Religion Off Your Resume -- Unless You're Jewish

'Chosen people' takes on a new connotation.

06/17/2014
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Religiously affiliated on campus? Recent studies suggest that you should leave it off your resume if you want to get hired--unless you're Jewish, that is. 

An Unsavory Schmear

Kraft adds bacon; several spreads lose certification.

06/17/2014
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Kraft is rushing in where Ritz feared to tread.

Unlike Bacon Flavored Ritz Crackers (which boast the highly reputable O.U. symbol on every box), Kraft is producing a new cream cheese that's got bacon in it. Not artificial flavoring. Not Bac-Os. Real bacon.

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
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