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Beit Avi Chai commemorates Holocaust Day

Beit Avi Chai and the Jewish Community Center in San Diego will hold a joint event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday at 8 pm. 

Journalist Haim Etgar will be the MC, and Prof. Yehuda Bauer will lecture on true and imaginary memories.The musical segment of the evening will feature the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and the Ha-Lev ve-ha-Maayan quartet. In addition, the …

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MKs mull bill to recognize, fund pluralistic Jewish studies

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The Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child on Tuesday hosted a study session on issues regarding women studying and teaching Torah.

Lawmakers and representatives of Midreshet, a chain of 22 pluralistic organizations involved in shaping a Jewish- Israeli identity primarily through various study frameworks, took part in the study session.

Committee chairman Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) was joined by MKs …

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Younger Jewish leaders not so worried about intermarriage

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Jewish leaders younger than 40 aren’t as bent out of shape about intermarriage as their older colleagues.

That’s a not-very-surprising finding of “Generation of Change: How Leaders in their Twenties and Thirties are Reshaping American Jewish Life,” a new survey of young leaders of Jewish organizations commissioned by the Avi Chai Foundation.

Actually, this is hardly the only …

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Jewish women: Leaders but not heroes

Jewish women: Leaders but not heroes

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A sharp piece by Shannon Sarna and Ruthie Warshenbrot take the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to task for the announcement that all five Jewish Community Heroes finalists are men. They wrote:

More than half of the 2010 Slingshot organizations are headed by women.

More than half of the 2009 Avi Chai Fellows (“the Jewish genius grant”) award winners are women. More than half of the current Joshua Venture Fellows are women.


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Jewish Parables: A Mashal for Every Occasion

… tool of some of leaders and teachers. Think of the Maggid of Dubno, the Chofetz Chaim, the Ben Ish Chai, Rabbi Shalom Schwadron – these great men were Mashal Masters, with the blessed knack of creating just the right story to make an essential point. Rabbi Yisroel Bronstein has learned their lessons well. In this valuable book, he has collected hundreds of parables from classic sources and arranged them by topic. Jewish Parables makes a delightful read, a welcome companion at the Shabbos …

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Stories Within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition

… Gifted and highly acclaimed storyteller Peninnah Schram contributes to the ever-growing library of Jewish folklore collections, thus actively helping to restore the rich treasures of Jewish oral tradition in our contemporary world.

The stories presented in Peninnah Schram’s highly anticipated Stories within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition are drawn primarily from talmudic and midrashic sources, medieval texts, and the Israel Folktale Archives. Each enchanting story-within-a-story …

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The Cantonists: The Jewish Children’s Army of The Tsar

Larry Domnitch

Publisher: Devora Publishing

The Cantonist era was a terrifying episode in Jewish history, and one that is etched in the collective memory of the Jewish people. Tsar Nicholas of Russia conscripted thousands of Jewish children – some as young as 6 years old – into his army for up to 25 years! The Tsar’s declared goal was nothing less than to convert these children to Christianity; for him, their baptism was of the highest priority.

This book reveals the …

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Russian billionaire to found ‘Jewish Al-Jazeera’

Russian billionaire to found 'Jewish Al-Jazeera'

Russian “oligarch” and Jewish philanthropist Alexander Mashkevich announced on Wednesday his intention to found a Jewish version of Al-Jazeera.

“Every day and every hour people get negative information about Israel,” Mashkevich said at the Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal conference in Washington D.C. “Therefore, the most important thing is to represent Israel on an international level, with real …

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Temple Mount

… and for the Hebrew and Muslim, they call it the Noble Sanctuary or Bait-ul-Muqaddas.

Resting on a grand plateau overlooking the rest of the city, Temple Mount is made of a vast area of 35 acres, staging a number of buildings that is cardinal and chief structures in the area.

The primary structures include Al Aqsa mosque. It is one of the oldest and most grandiose mosques in the world, set next to the entrance to the Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock.  With an elegant design of a …

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Jewish women and the Democratic National Committee

Jewish women and the Democratic National Committee

… Schultz as the new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), making her the first Jewish woman to hold this position. After doing a little research at jwa.org, however, I realized that even though Wasserman Schultz may be the first Jewish woman to chair the DNC, she is actually joining a long tradition of Jewish women who have been active in the organization.

Read More: @ jwablog.jwa.org

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MI5 believed Jewish underground wanted to assassinate Churchill

A member of one of the Jewish underground militant groups that sought to end the British Mandate in Palestine and establish the State of Israel suggested that then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, should be assassinated, according to the British newspaper Telegra

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Was Gandhi Jewish?

… Gandhi had a longtime lover who was a Jew and a Zionist.

WSJ: Among the Hagiographers

Early on Gandhi was dubbed a ‘mortal demi-god’—and he has been regarded that way ever since.

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MI5 believed Jewish underground wanted to assassinate Churchill

A member of one of the Jewish underground militant groups that sought to end the British Mandate in Palestine and establish the State of Israel suggested that then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, should be assassinated, according to the British newspaper Telegraph.

Records of the British military intelligence unit MI5 reveal that a member of the Lehi pre-state militia confessed when …

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Jewish Graves Desecrated in Iran

A video that was uploaded to YouTube on Friday shows the broken tombstones and desecrated graves. The Jewish cemeteries that were desecrated are located in the Damavand region of Iran. There are two Jewish cemeteries in the area, one in the village of Maranak and the other in the village of Giliard.

As of last December, 25,000 Jews remained in Iran. While Jews in Iran are free to practice Judaism, there is an undercurrent of …

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Why does L.A. Jewish Federation head want everyone to be like LeBron James?

Why does L.A. Jewish Federation head want everyone to be like LeBron James?

It’s early January, and Jay Sanderson is talking in his corner office on the 11th floor of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ headquarters about his first year as president of Federation, explaining the versatility and passion he expects of his staff.

“I want everyone to be a LeBron James,” he says, and seems genuinely puzzled when his reference is questioned.

“LeBron James is a great basketball player, because he can score and he can …

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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 …

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Jewish author Philip Roth nominated for Man Booker International Prize

American Jewish author Philip Roth is among the 13 authors shortlisted for the biennial Man Booker International Prize which will be awarded on May 18 in Sydney.

The prize is worth 60,000 pounds ($96,000) to the winner, and living authors whose works of fiction are either originally in English or generally available in English translation are eligible.

It honors a writer’s body of work as …

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A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

… and the Rectorate of the University of Sofia, Alexander Oscar, the young president of Sofia’s Jewish community, issued a blunt message to his countrymen.

The occasion was Bulgaria’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony on March 10, a day meant to celebrate the country’s heroic rescue of its 50,000 Jews during World War II, a feat unequalled in any Nazi-allied country and a rightful mark of pride here.

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

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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Eating Jewish: Aranygaluska, or “Hungarian monkey bread”

Earlier this month, The Jew and the Carrot published an article by Leah Koenig entitled “Jewish Dishes We Miss: A Top-10 List of Ashkenazi Foods To Bring Back.” Prior to publishing this list, readers were asked to write in with their own suggestions as to which dishes should go on this list and in the end it was made up of the following ten dishes:

schmaltz (rendered poultry fat), gribenes (poultry skin cracklings), schav (sorrel and sorrel soup), tongue, mamaliga (cornmeal …

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JStandard’s Miryam Wahrman Covers Jewish Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse

JStandard's Miryam Wahrman Covers Jewish Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse

… its own shortcomings. Teaneck’s JStandard science editor Dr. Miryam Wahrman writes about Jewish domestic abuse and child abuse. Those are sad realities in every ethnic and religious community. These two important articles will raise consciousness and save people from actual misery in the Jewish community.

Confessions and warnings. Project S.A.R.A.H. addresses domestic abuse

…“There’s an enormous shift in the Jewish community, from being in denial that these problems …

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Jewish Studies in Decline?

… condition of the humanities in the country’s universities. Especially dispiriting is the report on Jewish studies, once the crowning glory of Israel’s flagship Hebrew University—and, in the report’s inadvertently nostalgic words, “an investment in the nurturing of the deep spiritual and cultural structures of Israeli public and private life.”

That investment has been producing ever smaller returns. While Israel is still the world center of Jewish studies, the field’s …

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Does Jewish Meditation Exist?

Yes of course, Jewish meditation exists. We’ve written about it extensively in our new book (forthcoming). And now in our latest teaching (Liturgy of the Days of Awe at the Jewish Theological Seminary) we have extended our explanation and definition of Jewish meditation to subsume more of the classical Jewish prayers and rituals.

We posited in one recent class that the Kol Nidre service was best …

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Orthodox Jewish populations fuel growth in Ramapo

The large spike in the populations of Ramapo’s Orthodox and Hasidic communities fueled a townwide increase of more than 16 percent, according to the latest census figures.

The increases made sense to Israel Spitzer, deputy mayor of New Square, the Hasidic village that saw its population increase by 50 percent to a total of 6,944.

“It’s families expanding,” Spitzer said. “We …

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Remembering Elizabeth Taylor, Jewish by choice

… amount of giddy excitement when a star, from Marilyn Monroe to Sammy Davis Jr., converts to the Jewish faith.

Few celebrity conversions, however, have garnered the lasting impact that the ceremony at Hollywood’s Temple Israel on March 27, 1959 did, at which a 27-year old Elizabeth Taylor took on the Hebrew name Elisheva Rachel and converted to Judaism.

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Is Gene Simmons Jewish?

… superstar calls boycotting artists “idiots,” says “there ain’t no place like Israel on Earth.”

52 years after leaving Israel as the impoverished nine-year-old son of a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, Chaim Witz returned to his birth country this week under different circumstances – as mega-millionaire rock star and TV personality Gene Simmons.

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Desecration, attacks at ancient Jewish cemetery

… many of the tombstones have been smashed, litter is strewn around and tethered donkeys defecate on top of graves.

The ancient cemetery is just one point of contention in the struggle for control of Jerusalem, an explosive issue in decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Read More: @ apnews.myway.com

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Over 60 Jewish groups condemn boycott movement

Over 60 Jewish organizations worldwide have issued a statement condemning the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement on college campuses.

The statement was published in the “BDS Cookbook,” an extensive resource for students and professionals to combat BDS through positive programming initiatives and coordinated reactive responses.

The statement asserts that academic, cultural and …

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New book gives a voice to Jewish victims of Holocaust sexual violence

… had really occurred during WWII, scholars Sonja Hedgepeth and Rochelle Saidel got working on the recently published “Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During The Holocaust” (Brandeis, 2010), the first book on the topic in English, which comprises 16 essays examining the rape, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, forced abortion and sterilization that took place during the war.

While the Holocaust has been examined from myriad perspectives in both academia and popular …

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