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WASHINGTON (JTA) – Think unity. On the heels of this year’s rancorous and polarizing debate over the Iran nuclear deal, organizers of this week’s General Assembly (GA) of Jewish federations wanted their annual conference to be an opportunity … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – Do you experience feelings of peace and well-being at least once a week? Did God write the Torah? Do you eat bacon? If these questions seem a little personal, don’t fret. They’re all part of a new Pew Research Center … more
JTA – Pork is officially off the menu at U.S. federal prisons. With the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, the 206,000 inmates housed in 122 federal penitentiaries are no longer being served pork products. Edmond Ross, a spokesman for … more
JNS.ORG – Hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hundreds of thousands of challahs, candlesticks, and zemirot (Jewish songs). Havdalah. From Oct. 23-24, Jews of all ages, levels of religious observance and geographic locations will come … more
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While preparing for Sukkot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply. For a holiday also called “the season of our joy,” one … more
(Kveller via JTA) – For many Jewish parents, the challenges they face raising their children include choosing between Jewish and public schools, planning bar and bat mitzvahs and staying sane while planning big Shabbat dinners. But for … more
It is bad enough when two Jewish congregations seriously disagree with one another, but when they seek to settle their differences through legal means – indeed, in federal district court – it becomes even sadder. To some litigants and many … more
As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating flood in Houston, which hit Jewish-heavy neighborhoods particularly hard, was (in my own estimation) conspicuously late to join the reporting. That is … more
Eighteen-year-olds have a habit of forming close, family-like relationships with each other. It’s rare, however, that Israeli and American teenagers living thousands of miles apart have the chance to create such bonds. But this year, 25 teens have … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – A prominent Brooklyn rabbi who left the clergy last year has taken a leadership post at a major cultural and community center in New York. Andy Bachman, the spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Elohim in the Park Slope … more
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