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6 months into pandemic, Jews prepare for a High Holiday season of rupture and resilience

(JTA) - For many Jews, a high point of services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, which wonders who will live and who will die in the year ahead. This year, that question...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    September 11, 2020

'Services, but not shul': How Orthodox communities are preparing for a pandemic High Holiday season

(JTA) - Less than two miles away from the Center for Disease Control's campus in Atlanta, where doctors and researchers prepare guidance for the nation's coronavirus response, an Orthodox rabbi is...

 

Your reviews are in: JTA readers grade 'An American Pickle'

(JTA) — There was already some buzz around “An American Pickle,” the biggest Jewish movie of the year, before the movie’s star Seth Rogen made comments about Israel that seemed to set the Jewish internet on fire. In the new movie, Seth...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    August 21, 2020

Shortened census period means Brooklyn's Orthodox communities will likely be undercounted

(JTA) - Before the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City, Rabbi Avi Greenstein knew he needed to make a big push to have people in his neighborhood fill out the census.  In Borough Park, where...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    August 7, 2020

'He told me to call him Cube': ZOA chief Mort Klein details his talk with Ice Cube after Farrakhan tweets

(JTA) - Mort Klein didn't know much about Ice Cube when he got on the phone with him on Monday afternoon, but by the end of their two-hour conversation, Klein said he was convinced the rapper was not...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 31, 2020

Abe Foxman's next act: Raising $28 million to feed thousands

(JTA) — Since retiring from his post as national director of the Anti-Defamation League in 2015, Abraham Foxman has had plenty of opportunities to take on other projects in the Jewish world. Until now, he’s almost always said no. But now the 80-y...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 24, 2020

New York City's flagship JCC cuts 35 percent of jobs

(JTA) — Just days after the expiration of a federal program meant to preserve jobs during the pandemic, one of the largest JCCs in the country has laid off or furloughed 35 percent of its employees. The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center of...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 17, 2020

Brooklyn's Hasidic Jews are acting like they have herd immunity - could they be right?

(JTA) – The front page of the June 26 issue of Der Yid, one of the most widely circulated Yiddish newspapers among New York's Hasidic Orthodox communities, made the point loud and clear. "And so it...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 10, 2020

For Orthodox, Supreme Court's ruling is a big win

(JTA) — For Orthodox Jewish advocacy groups, the last day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 session brought a big win. On Tuesday, the high court handed school voucher proponents a victory in ruling that a state-run scholarship program funded by...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 3, 2020

Department of Justice letter argues that Bill de Blasio is being unfairly strict with social distancing for Orthodox Jews

(JTA) - A top Justice Department official sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week that claims the mayor has enforced uneven social distancing rules that "favor certain secular...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    June 26, 2020

Orthodox lawmakers escalate battle against COVID-19 closures

(JTA) — They protested the mayor’s decision to keep the parks closed on Sunday. By Monday, they vowed to cut the chains of the park gates themselves if Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t accede to their requests. In a tweet Monday evening, New York St...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    June 19, 2020

Orthodox women are using Instagram to fight racism, on and offline

(JTA) - Shevi Samet started her Instagram livestream by letting out a long, deep breath. "How are you?" she asked her co-presenter and fellow Instagrammer Shoshana Greenwald. "So, so nervous,"...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    May 29, 2020

Orthodox doctor who promoted coronavirus cocktail is leaving the community where he tested his treatment

(JTA) — His rise was meteoric and his fall just as sudden. Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, an Orthodox Jewish doctor who rose to fame in March while promoting a cocktail of drugs he claimed had successfully treated coronavirus — including one that...

 
 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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