Cousin Of Michelle Obama To Serve As ‘Black Chief Rabbi’


 Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago was nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi” of the 21st century.

Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr., hopes to promote acceptance of race and diversity within the American Jewish community. Via chicagotrib

Hip Hop’s 'It Boy': An Interview with Jake Miller

"Rumor" has it that this talented MOT is making it big.

Editorial Interns

Screams pierced the quiet concentration of The Jewish Week offices in Times Square on Thursday afternoon. The reason for the disturbance? Five floors down, across the street at the Best Buy Theater on West 44th Street, 22-year-old singer/songwriter and rapper Jake Miller had just stepped out of his “Dazed and Confused” tour bus, pausing for a quick Snapchat before heading backstage to prepare for his concert.

Jake Miller performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ'’s Jingle Ball in 2014. Alexander Tamargo/Stringer/Getty Images

Are You ‘Camp-Passionate?’ Jewish Summer Camps Change Lives


Jewish summer camps have created American Jews — in some ways, far more effectively than any other institution in American Jewish life.

More than half a century ago, Bob Dylan was another young American Jew at the Jewish summer camps. RNS

Post-Freundel, New 'Gold Standard' For Conversion

In response to mikvah scandal, committee urges sensitizing rabbis to conversion students’ concerns.

Staff Writer

Two months after the sentencing of mikvah-voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Orthodox community’s leading rabbinical council has released what it calls the new “gold standard” for preventing rabbinic abuses of power during the conversion process.

Mandel spoke of her increasing disillusionment with Orthodoxy.

Orthodox Fear Repercussions From Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Supreme Court ruling sets off anxiety about lost funding, limits on free speech and labels of bigotry.

Associate Editor

The Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right set off celebrations across the country, not least among Jews, many of whose Facebook photos – like the White House itself – were soon overlaid with the multi-hued stripes associated with gay rights. But while it was widely reported that Orthodox Jews continued to oppose the legal redefinition of marriage, what was less reported was how fearful the Orthodox are. Not so much from the redefinition of brides and grooms but from the redefinition of bigotry and traditional religion.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate in front of the Supreme Court the day of the landmark ruling. Getty Images

Protestant Vote To Back BDS Sparks Concern

Experts weigh in — does the UCC vote reflect a shift in attitudes towards Israel?

Staff Writer

In a move deeply concerning to much of the pro-Israel community, the United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly last week to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank.

United Church of Christ votes to boycott Israeli products. Via

WATCH: Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman strips down for ESPN

Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, stripped down for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue


It sounds like a Jewish mother's nightmare: A 21-year-old Jewish gymnast agrees to be photographed and filmed fully naked.

Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, stripped down for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue. ESPN

Behind Winning U.S. Soccer Team, A Holocaust Survivor

Record-breaking midfielder Carli Lloyd's beloved high school coach was born in Theresienstadt.

Editorial Intern

After watching Carli Lloyd’s record-breaking performance during last night’s World Cup final, fans have been praising the New Jersey native, even suggesting that her image be put on the $10 bill.

Soccer champion Carli Lloyd. Via Getty Images

Kosher Company Celebrates Marriage Equality, Causing Kerfuffle

Challah Connection owner Jane Moritz stands by decision to link cookies and SCOTUS decision despite backlash.

Editorial Intern

When Challah Connection featured rainbow cookies on the front page of their website to celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide, a few consumers lost their appetite, but owner Jane Moritz won’t apologize for supporting equality.

Some found associating kosher rainbow cookies with same-sex marriage offensive. Courtesy of Jane Moritz

Clinton Calls For Bipartisan Campaign To Counter BDS Movement

In letter to Haim Saban, Clinton expresses “alarm” over the movement and calls for unity across party lines to counter the trend.

Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for President, today called for a bipartisan campaign against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and criticized  “attempts to compare Israel to South African apartheid.”

In a letter to Haim Saban, a Los Angeles businessman and major Democratic Party donor, Clinton expressed “alarm” over the BDS movement, and wrote that “we need to make countering BDS a priority. From Congress and state legislatures to boardrooms and classrooms, we need to engage all people of good faith, regardless of their political persuasions or their views on policy specifics, in explaining why the BDS campaign is counterproductive to the pursuit of peace.””

Hillary Clinton called for a bipartisan campaign against the B.D.S movement. Getty Images
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