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View to a thrill: Duran Duran announce Tel Aviv summer show

British 80s pop icons Duran Duran will reportedly arrive in Israel for a one-off show this summer, in what is slowly becoming a hot summer for Israel’s music lovers, albeit of the more nostalgic variety.

The show, which was reported on the band’s official website and was yet to be confirmed by Israeli producers, will take place in Tel Aviv’s fairground on July 30. Ticket sales are due to begin Wednesday. …

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Confessions of a Jewish infant genital mutilator

Confessions of a Jewish infant genital mutilator

In the course of the exhaustive research that preceded the writing of this column ‏(yes, I did a quick Google search‏), I learned a new word. Intactivism. My spell-checker may not yet recognize it but apparently intactivism is a growing movement. Its spiritual and organizational headquarters is in San Francisco but they are spreading globally, or so at least the various intactivist websites claim. If …

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Is the “Secret” Eliezer Society at Yale University Jewish?

Yes, the secret Eliezer society at Yale University is Jewish, according to Time Magazine.

We don’t like the idea of secret societies, Jewish or not. If you have something of value to offer the world, why not let everyone in on it? Perhaps it’s so your members can feel like special elite people.

Be that as it may, based on our cursory viewing of their videos, we think maybe that Time magazine has been had by a Purim story about a …

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Jewish and Muslim leaders vow to fight growing racism in Europe

Prominent Muslim and Jewish leaders expressed Monday deep concern regarding the rise of far-right xenophobic and racist parties in Europe and pledged to work together to put an end to the extremist phenomenon threatening “ethnic and religious minorities.”

Members of the Coordinating Committee of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders from Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland …

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Obama to Jewish leaders: U.S. supports Israel’s security

Obama to Jewish leaders: U.S. supports Israel’s security

America opposes efforts to de-legitimize Israel, President Obama told a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders during a White House meeting.

Obama met Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

A statement issued by the White House called the one-hour discussion “productive.” The statement said that Obama “reiterated America’s unshakeable support for Israel’s security, opposition to any effort to de-legitimize it or …

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Montreal Jewish leader: Vandalism not always made public

Not all recent acts of vandalism against the Montreal Jewish community have been made public, the head of the Montreal Jewish Federation Combined Jewish Appeal’s security coordinating committee has disclosed.

Recent media reports have focused on anti-Semitic incidents directed at five synagogues and a school on January 16. However, the head of the committee, Rabbi Reuven Poupko, told The Jerusalem Post that …

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Rep. Dave Camp Should Force Staffer to Grant Ex-Wife a Jewish Divorce

Rep. Dave Camp Should Force Staffer to Grant Ex-Wife a Jewish Divorce

On the final day of the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, thousands of conference attendees descend on Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress on issues important to the State of Israel. A few years ago I joined other pro-Israel Michiganders and lobbied Representative Dave Camp. The congressman wasn’t available to meet with us and left an ill-prepared staffer to answer our questions and try to assure us …

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Reality check: Wage gap for Jewish professionals worse than national average

Reality check: Wage gap for Jewish professionals worse than national average

Much to the dismay of a number of Jewish organizations, the Senate neglected to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act last month, effectively shelving it for the foreseeable future. The bill, which would have augmented current civil rights law to protect against sex-based pay discrimination, had received broad support from civil rights and women’s rights groups but faced opposition from business organizations, …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the next available passage to Holland.

1654 Portugal recaptures Brazil and expels Jews and Protestants. …

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Jewish Marriages

… ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man, there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused …

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The little Jewish community that could

… so young, it seems like the last time I was here everyone was much older, had that many members died since Rosh Hashanah?

I’m wondering this and I approach the Rabbi to ask him where all the older members went, he’s exuberant, his community is finally taking shape as more and more couples with young children and newlyweds move to the neighborhood.

Read More: @ frumsatire.net

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Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness

Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman

Publisher: Jewish Lights

From the rapidly changing retirement years to the sometimes wrenching challenges of dementia and chronic illness, spiritual questions and needs among today’s elders and caregivers are central. This rich resource probes Jewish texts to offer solutions and suggestions for finding meaning, purpose and community within Jewish tradition.

With timely—and timeless—wisdom, this …

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Interfaith Families: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage

Christmas or Hanukkah? Bris or baptism? Church or synagogue? As the number of Jewish-Christian marriages in America continues to rise, couples find themselves searching for ways to navigate the choppy waters of interfaith families. Here, couples in Jewish-Christian marriages describe their experiences and reveal intimate details of their lives as members of these unique families. Without being prescriptive, this book offers examples of the successes and failures, …

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Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition

Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition

Steven Greenberg

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

For millennia, two biblical verses have been understood to condemn sex between men as an act so abhorrent that it is punishable by death. Traditionally Orthodox Jews, believing the scripture to be the word of God, have rejected homosexuality in accordance with this interpretation. In 1999, Rabbi Steven Greenberg challenged this tradition when he became the first Orthodox …

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The Three Temples: On the Emergence of Jewish Mysticism

In this ground-breaking study, Rachel Elior offers a comprehensive theory of the crystallization of the early stages of the mystical tradition in Judaism based on the numerous ancient scrolls and manuscripts published in the last few decades. Her wide-ranging research, scrupulously documented, enables her to demonstrate an uninterrupted line linking the priestly traditions of the Temple, the mystical liturgical literature found in the Qumran Caves and associated …

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Jewish People, Jewish Thought

… every distinctive heritage, Judaism must be understood as a creative response to ultimate issues of human concern by members of a group that has faced a unique concatenation of political, economic, and geographical circumstances. And the Jewish historical experience is more unusual than most. Standing both within and without the mainstream of Western culture, Judaism offers remarkable insights into the genesis and elaboration of powerful religious ideas and into the determined survival of a …

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Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory

… David Novak

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Covenantal Rights is a groundbreaking work of political theory: a comprehensive, philosophically sophisticated attempt to bring insights from the Jewish political tradition into current political and legal debates about rights and to bring rights discourse more fully into Jewish thought. David Novak pursues these aims by presenting a theory of rights founded on the covenant between God and the Jewish people as that covenant is constituted …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of Jewish life – religious, secular and everything in …

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Why Be Jewish?

David J. Wolpe

Publisher: Henry Holt

Judaism shares in the rebirth of interest in traditional religions and, as Wolpe presents it, welcomes that interest in order to both bring secular Jews back to the faith and make converts. In his clear and welcoming primer, Wolpe says a person chooses Judaism “To Grow in Soul,” “To Join a People,” and “To Seek God,” as the titles of his three chapters state. Much of what Wolpe imparts–Judaism’s joyousness, …

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Stars of David: Rock’N'Roll’s Jewish Stories

… University Press

A fascinating look into how Judaism has shaped and influenced the makers of rock music over the past fifty years.

What Grammy-award winning band’s Jewish members recite kiddush before their Friday night concerts? What member of a world-famous band blows the shofar at his synagogue on the High Holy Days? What famous rock musician packed his menorah as well as his drum set when preparing to go on world-wide concert tours? How did Judaism’s historic affinity with …

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Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach, New York

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Rockwood Park Jewish Center

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156-45 84th Street

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Howard Beach

Location:

New York

Zipcode:

11414

Type:

Orthodox

Tel:

718-641-5822

Fax:

718-339-8207

Services:

Daily Services, Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://members.aol.com/rockwoodjc/

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Pioneer Valley Jewish Renewal Community in Amherst, Massachusetts

Name:

Pioneer Valley Jewish Renewal Community

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Amherst

Location:

Massachusetts

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Reform

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Website:

http://members.aol.com/PVRenewal/

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Jewish group gives 9 countries ‘fail’ for not hunting Nazis

Syria, Austria and Lithuania are among nine countries where Nazi war criminals are not being brought to justice, a Jewish group said on Sunday. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish group which hunts Nazis and fights anti-Semitism, issued its annual report card examining efforts to track down perpetrators of crimes against Jews during World War II, flunking nine nations.

Read More: @ jpost.com

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May is Jewish-American month: Obama proclamation

May is Jewish-American month.

Excerpt from President Obama proclamation…..

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.JewishHeritageMonth.gov to learn more …

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Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna.

This is a tradition that developed in Morocco, where on the afternoon of the last day of Passover, Muslim neighbors would bring gifts of flowers, milk, butter, …

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Is Leon Panetta Jewish?

No Leon Panetta is not a Jew. He is a Catholic.

Barack Obama named Panetta Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in his administration.

Update : President Obama will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta as secretary of defense, replacing Robert M. Gates

Read more : @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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The Orthodox Jewish battle over a N.Y. school system

The Orthodox Jewish battle over a N.Y. school system

The battle between a New York Orthodox Jewish community and its neighbors over the local public school system took a drastic turn in late April as the school board’s Orthodox president resigned amid corruption allegations, and a federal official confirmed a civil rights investigation into the district.

While the corruption allegations against the board president relate to his alleged conduct in another elected office, the …

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Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Bringing it home

Last week, I had the great privilege of attending the conference “Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Uncovering a legacy of innovation, activism, and social change.” (JWA was a conference sponsor, and you can check out Judith Rosenbaum’s response to the conference  here !) As a research intern for Professor  Joyce Antler, the conference convenor, this past summer, I spent hours reading short essays, activist …

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Poster calling to boycott stores where Arabs work with Jewish women spotted in Jerusalem

Poster calling to boycott stores where Arabs work with Jewish women spotted in Jerusalem

… “Do you want your grandson to be named Ahmed ben Sarah?” a street poster slapped on the walls of Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods inquires, in a not-so-subtle dig at the Yesh retail chain.

The problem the authors of the broadside (pashkevil, in Hebrew ) have is that Yesh, the Haredi arm of the Super-Sol supermarket chain, allows Arab men to work alongside Jewish women.

Read more : @ haaretz.com

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Eating Jewish: Charoset medley

Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the  maror to the zeroah, each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all these symbolic foods, charoset is definitely my favorite and I have to agree with Gil Marks when he says in the  …

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