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  • Obama campaign launches rabbis list

    August 21, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    More than 600 rabbis joined a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama.

    Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.”

    The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according...

  • Reform, Conservative rabbis: step up gun control

    August 17, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Reform and Conservative rabbinical leaders called for increased gun controls in the wake of a spate of shootings.

    “Our tradition teaches: ‘Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor’ (Leviticus 19:16),” said a statement Thursday issued by Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive...

  • Rabbi’s use of discretionary funds spurs new policies

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    August 15, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    In response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 and the Carmel forest fires in Israel in December 2010, members of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, like so many others, wanted to donate money to help the victims. So, many of them directed donations through Rabbi Isaac...

  • Passionate Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 18, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    In case you haven’t heard, Orthodox Judaism has pretty much taken over Jewish life on U.S. college campuses. I say this not because I’m smug and happy about it, but as a wake-up call to the Conservative and Reform branches to get their acts together.

    If diversity is good for the...

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  • So, how many Jews will vote for Mitt Romney?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    Here is a truism we all already know: Jews are news. The fact is, no matter how tiny the American Jewish community might be — between 1.5 and 2 percent of the population — the battle for Jewish votes will be extensively reported and analyzed.

    Over the last several decades,...

  • Amid the ravages of wildfires, Colorado Jews band together

    July 2, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    The Sidmans are among the lucky ones: Their Colorado Springs home is still standing, nearly untouched by the flames that left many of their neighbors’ houses in ashes.

    “I was just sobbing uncontrollably, even though my house was perfect,” Renee Sidman told the Colorado Springs...

  • Sylvia Ettenberg, Conservative Jewish educator, dies at 95

    June 25, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    Sylvia Cuttler Ettenberg, a veteran Jewish educator and a founder of Camp Ramah, has died.

    Ettenberg, the first female senior administrator at the Jewish Theological Seminary, died June 21 at age 95. She was recognized as a dean emerita at JTS.

    The Brooklyn native was at the...

  • Conservative rabbis approve same-sex marriage ceremonies

    June 1, 2012 | 8:28 am

    The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards—which sets halachic policy for the Conservative movement—has voted unanimously to provide the approximately 1,600 Conservative rabbis with guidelines on performing same-sex marriages.

    The move is an official sanction...

  • The modern Jewish law

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 30, 2012 | 10:49 pm

    The Israeli government will soon start paying non-Orthodox rabbis. This news, as it appeared in bold letters in my morning paper, literally put a smile on my face. Not because I am Reform or Conservative, or anything, but because I am really proud of my Israel finally growing up.

    ...

  • Jewish movements renew Pollard clemency appeal

    April 23, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Representatives of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements renewed their appeals to President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.

    The calls over the weekend for Pollard’s release came from the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism,...

  • Reform, Conservative leaders complain about Israeli hotel discrimination

    April 11, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Leaders of the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements sent a letter of complaint to the Israeli government charging that Israeli hotels discriminate against non-Orthodox Jews.

    In a letter to two government ministers, the leaders of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and...

  • Israel: More Reform, Conservative than Charedi Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 29, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as Conservative or Reform Jews, compared to just 7 percent of Israelis who define themselves as “Charedi” (ultra-Orthodox). Amazing? I think it is quite amazing, given the never-ending discussion of Charedi power and growing...

  • Will Israel’s Supreme Court tilt conservative after Dorit Beinisch leaves?

    February 28, 2012 | 11:21 am

    It ordered the West Bank security fence rerouted because it cut through private Palestinian property.

    It overturned state-backed discrimination against Arab Israelis on issues of land distribution and ruled against the Israel Defense Forces’ use of military methods deemed to cause...

  • Siri-like Android app gives racist responses

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 17, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    ChaCha’s Iris app for Android has run into some serious problems. Beyond the fact that some people are offended by it’s apparent anti-abortion stance, the app gives some pretty racist responses. Like this one:

    “Why are Jews so greedy?” The Verge asked of ChaCha.

    “It is said that the Jews love money. This stereotype has it’s [sic] roots somewhere in the Holocaust. It is not true with all Jews.”

    More from the Huffington Post here. ChaCha has reacted to public criticism by tweaking its app.

  • Larry Greenfield to head JINSA

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    Larry Greenfield, a Los Angeles-area native, has been named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington, D.C., JINSA president David Ganz has announced.

    JINSA was founded in 1976 as a non-partisan and non-sectarian think tank and...

  • Conservative group prays in mixed minyan at Knesset

    February 3, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    A recent trip of American Conservative (Masorti) Jews to Israel included a first for the country, cutting to the heart of an issue that poses a problem for many American Jews — a mixed minyan for Mincha at the Knesset synagogue.

    Religious Jewish rituals in Israel are dictated by...

  • Komen foundation cuts funding to Planned Parenthood

    February 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    The Susan B. Komen for the Cure foundation cut funding for Planned Parenthood breast cancer testing.

    The foundation said the decision, which was announced Tuesday, was prompted by its ban on dealing with groups under investigation in Congress.

    Planned Parenthood’s defenders say the...

  • Winnipeg to host first Conservative gay ceremony in Canada

    January 13, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A Winnipeg synagogue is about to become the first Conservative shul in Canada to host a same-sex wedding ceremony.

    Shaarey Zedek Synagogue will be the scene on Jan. 21 for the “renewal” of marriage vows between two men wedded in a civil service in Vancouver in 2004, the Winnipeg...

  • Iowans weigh in on GOP’s Ron Paul and Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 4, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    I have come from Israel to the United States to witness the Republican candidates’ campaigns for the presidency. Earlier this week, I spent some time reporting from Iowa, including talking to Ron Paul supporters. Of those I met, first one must say they were all very courteous and...

  • Israeli government accused of curbing court independence

    January 3, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government came under attack on Tuesday for promoting legislation that critics said would weaken the independence of Israel’s judiciary.

    Parliament on Monday passed a government-backed amendment that paves the way for a judge...

  • Romney, Santorum say they would vote for Paul if he wins nomination

    December 29, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

    Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were...

  • Rabbis’ love for Israel: Is it a generational thing?

    October 4, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    Do Conservative rabbis become more politically conservative on Israel as they grow older, or are older rabbis simply more right wing than younger rabbis when it comes to Israel?

    A new study by the Conservative movement’s flagship institution presents some evidence of a...

  • Conservative synagogue body restructures, reduces dues

    June 14, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    The umbrella body for Conservative congregations will undergo a major restructuring that includes a significant staff reorganization and dues reductions.

    The changes within the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which were announced Tuesday in an internal memo, are part of...

  • Conservatives’ challenge to Orthodoxy’s near monopoly on kosher gets more serious

    April 11, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    The Conservative movement’s ethical kosher initiative may not have been intended as a wedge into the Orthodox monopoly over kosher supervision. But the planned rollout this summer of the Conservative-backed seal of ethical kosher production, the Magen Tzedek, coincides with an...

  • Sarah Palin must be so proud - Bristol is cashing in!

    By Julia Bendis

    April 7, 2011 | 2:24 pm

    While reading the newspaper, I stumbled upon an article talking about Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol.  Apparently, being an unwed teenage Mother in this country really pays off!  Bristol was named an Ambassador of Candie’s Foundation to speak and spread awareness about being a...

  • At Conservative rabbis’ confab, it’s not about the organization, but the future

    By Sue Fishkoff

    March 29, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Listening to Conservative rabbis talk about their movement is like witnessing an intervention.

    They talk of “saving” Conservative Judaism – and sometimes they blame the parents when things go wrong.

    “Reform rabbis speak positively about their movement and less positively...

  • Don’t believe gloomy forecasts on Conservative Judaism

    March 14, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Conservative Judaism is dying, I hear—or at least according to the media. Not so.

    Please don’t tell me that because North America’s United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has had its problems, that means Conservative/Masorti Judaism is declining around the Jewish world.

    Yes, the...

  • Ladies of the View and Hasselbeck…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 19, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    Is it just me or is the show, ‘The View’ going down the hill?  The last couple of years it seems that the show has gotten a lot more hostile than in the past…  They have great guests on the show, and their topics are pretty relevant but its the hosts that bug me the most.  Not all of...

  • Conservative responsa approves selling, renting to non-Jews

    December 21, 2010 | 2:49 pm

    Up to 50 Conservative rabbis signed on to a religious responsa that says it is permissible to rent or sell homes to non-Jews in Israel.

    The statement, issued Monday, counters a rabbinic ruling signed by about 50 Israeli municipal rabbis that prohibits the same.

    Written by Schechter...

  • Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish test case for Tea Party

    December 21, 2010 | 10:43 am

    In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.

    Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives...

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