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Andy Samberg: Jewish Feminist

Andy Samberg: Jewish Feminist

Four years ago, when “Saturday Night Live” comic Andy Samberg wore a National Organization of Women shirt to a Spike TV event, feminists wondered whether he was just ribbing us. Best known for the satirical rap videos he produces with his comedy trio, The Lonely Island, Samberg trades in dick jokes and fake vomit – not in feminist theory. So when Samberg said that his sartorial …

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Is Bel Kaufman Jewish?

Yes, Bel Kaufman is a Jew, the granddaughter of Sholom Aleichem, author of Up the Down Staircase, and is 100 years old. Happy Birthday!

At 100, Still a Teacher, and a Jokester

Bel Kaufman, author of “Up the Down Staircase,” the seminal book on the hardships and joys of teaching in New York City, celebrated her 100th birthday.

By JOSEPH BERGER

At 100 years old, Ms. Kaufman is …

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Laugh for God’s Sake: Where Jewish Humor and Jewish Ethics Meet

Laugh for God's Sake: Where Jewish Humor and Jewish Ethics Meet

Stanley J. Schachter

Publisher: Ktav

Jewish humor is a venerable part of the Jewish historical experience. It has been a constant companion of Jews, as individuals and communities, accompanying them in many lands and and expressing itself in a number of languages. Jewish jokes penetrate virtually every aspect of human relationships, sparing neither Jew nor non-Jew. Stanley Schachter’s …

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A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London

A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London

John J. Gross

Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc.

This evocative picture of a lost London and a vanished culture is also the story of a bookish boy discovering his own path. John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practiced in the East End of London from the 1920s to World War II and beyond. His parents were the children of immigrants, steeped in Eastern European customs, yet outside the …

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Palestinian envoy meets Jewish Australian group to discuss statehood

Palestinian envoy meets Jewish Australian group to discuss statehood

Dr Ghassan Khatib, the Special Envoy of the Palestinian Authority President, addressed the Capital Jewish Forum at the Victorian Parliament House in Australia last week, to discuss the future of a Palestinian state, according to a J-Wire report.

“The main message I am trying to convey in Australia, which is similar to messages my other colleagues are conveying in other parts of the …

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Different Jokes for Different Folks

Different Jokes for Different Folks

Twenty years ago, as I set out upon my very first book tour, for  Praying for Sheetrock —my 1991 work of nonfiction about the heyday of a corrupt ‘courthouse gang’ on the flowery coast of Georgia and the belated rise of civil rights there—I discovered I had a line in my book-talk that only Jews laughed at.

It was unintentional on my part. I thought it was funny; I didn’t …

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Anti-Jewish tirades at Hungarian newspaper provoke outrage

Anti-Jewish tirades at Hungarian newspaper provoke outrage

Anti-Jewish comments from the Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap and the passage of a restrictive new media law in early July by Hungary’s conservative government have prompted sharp criticism from American and Austrian media outlets.

Zsolt Bayer, a columnist for the right-wing daily, had referred to Jews as “stinking excrement called something like Cohen.”

Bayer has a journalistic …

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Is Tisha B’Av Jewish?

Is Tisha B'Av Jewish?

Is Tisha B’Av Jewish? No we do not think that the fast of Tisha B’Av is Jewish anymore. We need a holiday from Tisha B’Av.

That day was for a long time a commemoration through fasting and prayer over the destroyed city of Jerusalem and the Temple. We’ve visited Jerusalem in May of this year and can attest that the city is not desolate. It is glorious.

Who then wants the bleak …

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Jewish leaders react with mixed feelings to passage of U.S. budget bill

Jewish leaders react with mixed feelings to passage of U.S. budget bill

Jewish leaders reacted with mixed feelings to the passage of a U.S. bill on Tuesday that will allow the U.S. government to continue borrowing money – so long as it makes certain budget cuts. The bill was passed in both houses on Congress following several weeks of nerve-wracking negotiations between U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration.

The House of …

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Masei - Jewish Summer Camp

Masei - Jewish Summer Camp

This Shabbat, we read the final Torah portion from the book of Numbers, Parashat Masei. This section of the Torah begins with an extensive list of the places our ancestors traveled through on their way to the Promised Land. It details their stops and encampments as they walked through the desert wilderness eager to arrive in Canaan.

It’s appropriate that we read this section of the …

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Raising an Ethiopian Jewish Child in Georgia

Raising an Ethiopian Jewish Child in Georgia

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2001, I pulled up to the gates of the compound of the Beta Israel people (disparagingly known as Falashas [strangers]), hoping to be admitted, along with my brand-new daughter, to Shabbat morning services.

Arriving among these religiously-observant and destitute people, of rural origin, by taxi rather than on foot was likely to make a poor …

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Sloatsburg rest stop offers Jewish men place to pray

On Thursday nights during the summer, thousands of Orthodox Jewish men transform an ordinary Thruway rest stop into a sacred space.

The travelers, who hail from Brooklyn, Staten Island and northern New Jersey, look for a place to pray as they make their way upstate to meet their families.

For nearly two decades, the New York State Thruway Authority has provided a place for religious …

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AJC program engages Christian leaders in Jewish study

AJC program engages Christian leaders in Jewish study

A yearlong interfaith program conducted by the American Jewish Committee in conjunction with the Shalom Hartman Institute will draw to a close on Thursday, following 13 months of study and travel by a group of Christian leaders and academics from the US.

The 13 members of the Christian Leadership Initiative who began the course back in July 2010 have been in Israel on the second of …

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Black and Jewish: “Got a Star of David on my Grill”

Black and Jewish: “Got a Star of David on my Grill”

I’m not usually a fan of parodies. That’s not to say I don’t like humor – au contraire! But like Leah once wrote for JWA, I, too, often find parodies to be uncreative, offensive or both. Still, even I was taken in by the latest pop culture parody to hit the web. “Black & Jewish,” performed by actresses Kali Hawk (Bridesmaids) and Katerina Graham (Vampire Diairies) is a take …

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Rest Stop Offers Jewish Men Place to Pray

On Thursday nights during the summer, thousands of Orthodox Jewish men transform an ordinary rest stop into a sacred space.

The travelers, who hail from Brooklyn, Staten Island and northern New Jersey, look for a place to pray as they make their way upstate to meet their families.

For nearly two decades, the New York State Thruway Authority has provided a place for religious Jews — …

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World Jewish Congress: Ban Iran from Olympics over anti-Israel boycott

The World Jewish Congress has called for Iran to be barred from taking part in the Olympics and other international sporting events until its athletes stop boycotting their Israeli counterparts.

Ronald Lauder, the head of the WJC, called the Iranian behavior “unsportsmanlike and smacks of anti-Semitism.”

Iran’s repeated attempts to politicize sporting events is “disgraceful,” …

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Jewish group promoting polygamy?

Are we about to witness a new phenomenon in Israel in the coming years – one man married to several women? Tens of thousands of leaflets were distributed in synagogues across the country recently, promoting the ancient custom and presenting it as a solution for the single daughters of Israel.

The phenomenon of a man married to several women (polygamy) was common among the people …

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Gay, Jewish New Yorkers: Mazel tov to the newlyweds!

Maybe you’ve heard: As of last Sunday, same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York. The law, which passed in June, went into effect over the weekend.

Let’s recap some of the Jewish highlights this new law brought about, shall we? There are quite a few of them!

At the stroke of midnight on Sunday morning, as soon as the law went into effect, Patchogue, N.Y., couple Dee …

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Is Timothy Geithner Jewish? No

No, Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s secretary of the treasury, is not a Jew.

Geithner was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Geithner of Larchmont, N.Y.

According to the Times, he is married to Carole M. Sonnenfeld and has two children. The Rev. Thomas Keehn, a United Church of Christ minister, officiated at his wedding in 1985. …

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U.S. Hopes Cuba Will Release Jailed Jewish American

A senior U.S. diplomat said Washington hopes an American government contractor imprisoned in Cuba will be released, even as the Maryland native was making a final appeal Friday to have his 15-year prison sentence be reduced or dismissed.

Alan Gross has been held since his arrest in December 2009, accused of bringing satellite and other communication equipment into the country …

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From US to Israel for Jewish education

The Free Compulsory Education Law in Israel applies to students up to the 10th grade, but like everything else in Israel – just because it’s free doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost anything.

Every Israeli parent is used to complain about the payments they are asked to pay every year – whether for the annual school trip, class party, cultural activities, parents’ committee or …

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Jewish group slams Malaysian editorial

B’nai B’rith International has condemned an editorial that ran in the July 18 edition of the Utusan Malaysia daily, a government-backed publication, warning against a possible attempt by “foreign Jews” to use a domestic reform movement to interfere in government affairs.This attempt cites the July 9 march in Kuala Lumpur of some 20,000 people advocating for election reforms as …

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I’ll raise my children as Jewish says the star who ‘doesn’t believe in religion’

I'll raise my children as Jewish says the star who 'doesn't believe in religion'

She once claimed that she did not believe in religion.

But now Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she wants to raise her children in the Jewish faith, following an appearance on the ancestry programme Who Do You Think You Are?

The American actress, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, was moved to discover earlier this year on the show that her family came …

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OU president slams US Jewish groups over anti-boycott law

OU president slams US Jewish groups over anti-boycott law

The president of the Orthodox Union on Monday slammed the US Jewish groups who recently chastised Israel over the anti-boycott law.

“We live in the United States, we haven’t served in the army, we don’t pay taxes [in Israel], so it would be inappropriate for us to publicly, in some fashion, criticize Israel on what they do to protect themselves,” said Simcha Katz.

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Are Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Jewish?

Are Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Jewish?

Mazal tov again – update: Jared and Ivanka had a baby girl 7/17/11. Enews reports on the video below.

//orig. post 7/17/09//

Yes, Jared Kushner is a Jew and Ivanka Trump, not born a Jew, says that she is going to convert so she can marry Jared.

UPDATE 10/27/09: The Times reports they got married 10/25/2009: “Ivanka M. Trump, the daughter of Ivana M. Trump of Palm Beach, Fla., and …

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Eating Jewish: Shabbat bread done differently

When I think of Shabbat dinner, one of the first things that comes to mind is the sweet, dense challah that I love so much. It has become so popular that it can be purchased in bakeries all week long, and like many of the iconic Jewish foods of North America (bagels, knishes, pastrami, and smoked meat, to name a few) it was introduced by members of the European Jewish community.

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Blaze Shatters a Heart of New York Jewish Life

Blaze Shatters a Heart of New York Jewish Life

The fire that severely damaged Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Monday night sent ripples of distress across the Modern Orthodox community of Manhattan’s East Side and among Jews around New York familiar with Ramaz, its affiliated school.

The synagogue was where generations of congregants gathered to pray — and schmooze — on the Sabbath, the place where they married their …

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Jewish Power Lunch

We’re told that if we eat the right foods, take the right supplements, eat at the right times (and with the right people), exercise, and so forth, we’ll see powerful changes in our lives.

The teachings of the Chassidic mystics, which can be simply defined as “applied Kabbala”, show us another food-related way to power-up. It seems that what we eat, while important, is less …

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Bukharan Jewish community thrives in NYC

Bukharan Jewish community thrives in NYC

FOREST HILLS, New York – In this quiet part of New York City dubbed Queensistan, no signs of economic woe were visible last week even as US job growth remained stagnant and unemployment remained high – on the contrary.

During a tour of the area, which is home to approximately 35,000 Bukharan Jews, several construction crews were hard at work putting the final touches on …

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Chuetas of Majorca recognized as Jewish

Chuetas of Majorca recognized as Jewish

A leading rabbi and halachic authority in Israel has recognized the Chuetas of Palma de Majorca as Jewish, the Shavei Israel organization announced on Monday.

The Chuetas are descended from the Jewish inhabitants of the Spanish island of Majorca who suffered extreme oppression in the Middle Ages, until by 1435 all of them had been killed or forcibly converted to Catholicism.

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