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Veteran Jewish Professional Among Amtrak’s Seriously Wounded

05/15/2015

Joyce Dubensky, a veteran Jewish community professional and now CEO of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, was among those seriously injured in an Amtrak crash Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Gutow Stepping Down As JCPA President

05/15/2015

Rabbi Steve Gutow is stepping down after leading the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for 10 years.

Feingold Announces Candidacy For His Former Senate Seat

05/14/2015

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold announced he will run for his former Senate seat in 2016.

Anti-BDS Bill Passes Illinois House Committee, Senate

05/14/2015

A bill that would bar state pension funds from including companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel  passed an Illinois State House of Representatives committee.

Rachel Jacobs Reported Killed In Amtrak Derailment

News of her death brings the Jewish death toll to two

05/14/2015

Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old mother and the daughter of former Michigan State Senator Gilda Jacobs, was reportedly killed in the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday.

Released photos of the victims, Justin Zemser (L) and Rachel Jacobs (R). JTA.

Peter Gay, Public Intellectual And Nazi Refugee, Dies At 91

Gay's autobiography 'My German Question' grappled with the issue of Jewish denial in the face of rising Nazi power.

05/13/2015
Staff Writer

Peter Gay, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote groundbreaking social histories of such topics as the Enlightenment, the Jewish identity of Sigmund Freud, and the position of Jews in Weimar Germany, died May 12 at his home in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. He was 91.

Cover Image of Peter Gay's Biography on Freud. Via jpc.de

New Details Show Mikvah-Peeping Rabbi Had Extramarital Sexual Encounters

05/13/2015

In addition to secretly recording women undressing for the mikvah ritual bath, Rabbi Barry Freundel engaged in sexual encounters with several women, according to prosecutors.

New Cohort Of Clergy Tests Orthodox Readiness For Women Rabbis

05/13/2015

When Yeshivat Maharat ordains six women next month, the New York institution will more than double the number of Orthodox clergywomen in the field.

Boston Rabbi Indicted For Embezzling Funds To Pay Blackmailer

05/13/2015

A prominent Boston rabbi was indicted for embezzlement and larceny for stealing money from his temple to pay off a man who was blackmailing him for his affair with a teenage male.

Sharing The Wealth

Stickball, socialism and Bernie Sanders’ run for the White House.

05/13/2015
Associate Editor

The quixotic bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders — a 73-year-old Jewish socialist —  for the presidency of the United States, evokes a mythical long-ago for some Jewish leftists; a time when even the poor wore suits to demonstrations, carrying “red diaper” babies; when socialism was as common as stickball, speaking its dreams with a street-corner accent, as does Sanders. He represents Vermont in Congress but also his childhood Brooklyn, a workingman’s borough of blue collars and unions, hand-to-mouth paychecks, immigrants, socialist Yiddish broadsheets and a Yiddish radio station whose very call-letters, WEVD, honored Eugene V. Debs, a founder of the legendary Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) and five times a candidate for president, each time defeated but never thinking himself a loser.

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Getty Images
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