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Bess Myerson, Only Jewish Miss America, Dead At 90

01/07/2015
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Bess Myerson, the only Jewish woman to be crowned Miss America, has died.

Myerson, who also was a spokeswoman for the Anti-Defamation League and donated $1.1 million to help found the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif., The New York Times reported. She was 90. Her death had not been publicly reported.

Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945. Wikimedia Commons

No Jews Marry, But Jewish Customs Abound

At Cameron Diaz' wedding, breaking the glass, 7 blessings, Yichud -- will Jewish weddings be Hollywood's new fad?

01/06/2015
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Wondering what the choopla’s all about?

Cameron Diaz weds Benji Madden during a Jewish ceremony. Getty Images

Nonprofits Still Seen Struggling Long After Recession

‘The Jewish GDP’ down 11 percent from 2007 to 2012; $1 billion in losses for range of causes, new study says.

12/31/2014
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One billion dollars lost.

With the U.S. economy digging itself out of a deep hole, the $1 billion figure represents the collective revenue loss to Jewish nonprofits from 2007, the start of the Great Recession, to 2012, according to a new study.

The Jewish nonprofit sector fared far worse than the overall U.S. nonprofit sector and the U.S. economy.

USY Drops Ban On Interdating

12/29/2014
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United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews.

DCJCC Chief: Theater J Head Ari Roth Not Fired Over Politics

12/29/2014
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The DC Jewish Community Center did not fire Ari Roth, the artistic director of its Theater J, over his politics on Israel, CEO Carole Zawatsky said in a statement.

Harold Schulweis, Path-breaking Thinker

Influential spiritual leader, 89, led Encino, Calif., shul, co-founded Mazon.

12/24/2014
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Los Angeles — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation.

Rabbi Schulweis was remembered this week as “a public intellectual who redefined what it is to be a Jew.”

Theater J Director’s Firing Denounced In Open Letter

12/23/2014
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Sixty-one artistic directors of U.S. theater companies denounced the DC Jewish Community Center’s firing of Ari Roth, the artistic director of its Theater J who staged numerous works critical of Israel.

Pioneering Rabbi, Harold Schulweis, Dies At 89 In Los Angeles

12/19/2014
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Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as one of the most influential synagogue leaders of his generation, died Dec. 18 at his Los Angeles home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89 years old.

Rabbi Harold Schulweis

Director Of DC’s Theater J Fired, Ostensibly Over Controversial Israel Plays

12/19/2014
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Washington — Ari Roth, the longtime director at Theater J, is leaving the theater after a period of tension over plays dealing with Israel’s history.

Freundel-Related Lawsuit Ads RCA As Defendant

12/19/2014
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Washington — A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant.

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