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 By Ben Sales    Features    March 24, 2017 

At 10, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    March 24, 2017 

At Jewish schools hit by bomb threats, trying to teach students just enough to cope

NEW YORK (JTA)-On the morning of March 7, Rabbi Beth Naditch found out that two of her three children's schools had received bomb threats. The anonymous calls placed to the MetroWest Jewish Day...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 10, 2017

ADL: Juan Thompson's arrest alone won't stop 'unprecedented' wave of anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-Thanking the FBI and police for the arrest of Juan Thompson, who allegedly made eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League called the current wave of...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    February 17, 2017

With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible

NEW YORK (JTA)-For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 10, 2017

JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises

NEW YORK (JTA)—A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came from inside the building. How do you catch the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 3, 2017

For Jewish groups in Women's March, many causes to fight for and a long road ahead

(JTA)-One Jewish group that joined the Women's March on Washington has seen its online donations double since the election of Donald Trump as president. Another has twice as many guests as usual atten...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 20, 2017

After bomb threats, FBI to coordinate with JCCs in 'new reality'

NEW YORK (JTA)—The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will be assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day. On Wednesday, officials from the FBI and Homeland Security will...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    January 6, 2017

Married couple to face off in major Bible contest in Jerusalem

NEW YORK (JTA)-Some couples argue over movies, others disagree about how to squeeze the toothpaste. But one of the earliest debates Yaelle Frohlich and Yair Shahak had was over which biblical figure w...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 30, 2016

Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages

NEW YORK (JTA)-Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly, the movement's rabbis' association, for performing interfaith weddings. An ordained Conservative...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 23, 2016

As BDS resolutions stall, pro-Palestinian students shift tactics

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Northwestern University's student Senate passed a resolution in February 2015 asking the university to divest from six corporations they said contributed to the violation...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 2, 2016

ADL to ZOA: diverging Jewish rhetoric under Trump

NEW YORK (JTA)—Thirty years ago, it would have been safe to say the American Jewish community agreed on the need to fight for Israel and against anti-Semitism. It may still be true that most American Jews support those causes. But now, apparently,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 25, 2016

Jews and Muslims ramp up alliances in wake of Trump's election

(JTA)-For years, whenever Jews and Muslims engaged in dialogue and activism, it usually concerned one issue: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency, that...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    November 25, 2016

At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition

NEW YORK (JTA)-After Brett Parker's great-grandfather fled the pogroms in Europe and came to the United States, he opened a drug store where he sold comic books. Each week he would give his grandson,...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    November 11, 2016

Cubs fans, like the Jews, now face the challenge of success

(JTA)-For years, I've told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I've written two blog posts about it during the past month alone. Long suffering. Faithful. Bound to...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    November 11, 2016

Black rabbinical student leads 'Army of Moms' in fighting Chicago gun violence

CHICAGO (JTA)-The same week Tamar Manasseh's African-American son was going to become a bar mitzvah, gang violence killed two 13-year-old black boys who were also from Chicago's South Side. As she...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 30, 2016

Haredim look to Trump as a pro-Israel, traditionalist tough guy

NEW YORK (JTA)-American Jews are likely to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but American Jewry's fastest-growing community is likely to go the other way. A solid majority of haredi Orthodox...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 30, 2016

NY bombing suspect's Orthodox neighbors seemed resigned to backyard terror

ELIZABETH, N.J. (JTA)-Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man who police say planted four bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey-including one in the train station here-used to come to the One Stop Kosher Market to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 23, 2016

One place swing-state voters won't see Clinton and Trump

NEW YORK (JTA)—When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 12, 2016

Uneasy Republicans and confident Democrats diverge on 'Jewish' issues

NEW YORK  (JTA)—It’s never been easy for Jewish Republicans. Jews have broken overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates since Woodrow Wilson. Despite rising American Jewish affluence, usually a harbinger of conservative voting patterns, a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 29, 2016

Donald Trump Jr.'s call for school choice splits Jewish groups

CLEVELAND (JTA)-An issue of historical concern to American Jews drew waves of applause when Donald Trump Jr. preached about it Tuesday night from the stage of the Republican National Convention. It...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 29, 2016

At GOP convention, Jewish delegates cite Israel and style in backing Trump

CLEVELAND (JTA)- On the day Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican primaries, Marc Zell was ready to resign his position as vice president of Republicans Overseas, the party's expatriate group. Zell,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 29, 2016

Six things to know about Jill Stein, the last Jewish presidential candidate standing

NEW YORK (JTA)-Voters who have their hearts set on supporting a left-wing secular Jew running an insurgent campaign still have a candidate. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate, is making...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 22, 2016

After Elie Wiesel, can anyone unite American Jews?

NEW YORK (JTA)-Being an American Jew, more than anything else, means remembering the Holocaust. That's what nearly three quarters of Jewish Americans said, according to the Pew Research...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 15, 2016

In Rabbinate protest, Lookstein and Sharansky call for revisions, not revolution

NEW YORK (JTA)-Three months after Israel's Chief Rabbinate rejected his authority to perform conversions, one of America's most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis joined with Natan Sharansky to...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 8, 2016

Jewish groups putting up a fight against growing opioid epidemic

NEW YORK (JTA)-Eve Goldberg's son, Isaac, was in a panic. He had to get out of college. Isaac Goldberg Volkmar had been at the University of Rhode Island for less than a semester in 2009 when he...

 

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