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 By Shira Hanau    News    May 15, 2020

Deep layoffs at Jewish Federations of North America

(JTA)—The nonprofit organization leading an emergency coalition to coordinate the Jewish response to the pandemic-induced financial crisis has itself slashed its staff. Jewish Federations of North America, an umbrella group of communal fundraising...

 By Shira Hanau    News    May 8, 2020

Hebrew Free Burial Association put out a call for prayer shawls

(JTA)-Andrew Parver's phone hasn't stopped ringing since Sunday.  That's when Parver, the director of operations at the Hebrew Free Burial Association in New York City, put out a call for donations o...

 By Shira Hanau    News    May 8, 2020

Hillel International lays off or furloughs 20 percent of staff amid coronavirus uncertainty

(JTA)—With many of its normal activities interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hillel International, the umbrella organization for centers for Jewish student life on college campuses around the world, has laid off or furloughed 30...

 By Shira Hanau    News    May 1, 2020

Jewish burial societies face difficult choices

(JTA)-Sometime in March, the Chesed Shel Emes Jewish burial society in Brooklyn added a new responsibility to the sacred tasks its 700 volunteers had committed to uphold: paperwork. Bodies were...

 By Shira Hanau    Features    May 1, 2020

Meet the dad bringing Jews stuck at home the sounds of Torah-set to classic children's books

(JTA)—Simmy Cohen has hardly read from the Torah since his bar mitzvah. When he’s not working at his marketing job from his home in Queens, New York, Cohen spends far more time these days reading children’s books to his 13-month old daughter....

 By Shira Hanau    News    April 19, 2019

Liberal Orthodox yeshiva says it will not ordain gay student

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Signaling a red line on how far Modern Orthodoxy is prepared to bend to adjust to societal changes, a liberal New York City seminary will not ordain an openly gay student who is engaged to be married and...


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