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Rabbi marries Orthodox gay couple

By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

November 14, 2011 | 1:30 pm

Orthodox-ordained Rabbi Steve Greenberg presiding at same-sex wedding of Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan in Washington, DC synagogue, 10 November 2011 (photo: Roee Ruttenberg)

Two Orthodox men were married by an Orthodox rabbi at what might be the first Orthodox gay wedding.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg, who has been an advocate for gays in the Orthodox community,... read on

  • Elderly homicide victim identified as Anne Weiss

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 14, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    An elderly woman found dead in her apartment on Saturday has been identified as Anne Weiss, latimes.com reports:

    An elderly woman who was bludgeoned to death was remembered by neighbors as a kind and caring woman who tended to her husband as her own health declined.

    Authorities on... read on

  • Poland honors Jewish newswoman

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 11, 2011 | 12:08 am

    Some 28 years ago, Poland’s Communist regime arrested Ruth Ellen Gruber, then bureau chief for United Press International. Police threw her in jail, interrogated her and finally expelled her on trumped-up espionage charges.

    Gruber is now the chief European correspondent for the... read on

  • The Holocaust was in the details

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2011 | 10:32 pm

    The Holocaust is so immense that it can’t be grasped in its entirety, but only in its component parts, moment by moment, story by story.
    So observes Michael Berenbaum of the American Jewish University at the beginning of “Engineering Evil,” a film that seeks to identify the... read on

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  • Billy Crystal to host Oscars, again

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 10, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Billy Crystal has announced he will be hosting the 2012 Oscars, replacing Eddie Murphy who withdrew yesterday.

    Crystal made the announcement on his Twitter account:

    “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”

    This will be Crystal’s ninth hosting gig with the Academy Awards.

  • Halftime at the University of Iran?

    By Jay Firestone

    November 10, 2011 | 10:34 am

    I couldn’t help but think of my college years at Camp Randall, watching the Wisconsin Badgers totally demolish some unknown Midwestern school, like Akron or Western Illinois.  Of course, the Ayatollah is no Barry Alvarez or Bret Bielema

    I wonder what they’ll play…‘Twist and Shout’ or ‘Swing Town’?

    Members of the Iranian army land force academy perform during a graduation ceremony in Tehran on Nov. 10. Photo by REUTERS/Khamenei.ir/Handout

  • UCLA Protesters cause brief traffic closures in Westwood

    By Jared Baker

    November 9, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    On Wed. afternoon, a group of demonstrators shut down traffic at the corner of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards in protest of tuition increases and budget cuts for California universities.

    The protest was organized by a local branch of the ReFund California Coalition, an... read on

  • Eddie Murphy exits as host of Oscars

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 9, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the Oscars following Brett Ratner’s resignation, which was announced yesterday, according to a press release from The Academy Awards. Murphy starred in Ratner’s recent film Tower Heist. Here is the release:

    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and... read on

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