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  • Is Religious School Tuition Deductible?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Paying taxes may be one of life's great certainties, but there's a bit more wiggle room when it comes to tax deductions.

    Michael Sklar, a California accountant and Orthodox father of six, will appear in a federal Tax Court in Los Angeles in October as he pursues a long legal...

  • Gay Jews Line Up to Wed

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Yoel Kahn originally married 13 years ago, but on Monday he tied the knot again -- to the same man.

    Kahn, who leads a congregation in Sonoma, first wed his longtime partner Dan Dellm under a chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy), but on Monday they finally secured a marriage license...

  • Gibson Film Causes ‘Passion’ to Rise

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The ghosts of virulently anti-Semitic nuns may haunt Mel Gibson's new film about Jesus' final days, some Catholic and Jewish scholars are warning.

    The growing hype concerns charges that "The Passion" blames Jews for Jesus' death. Gibson denies any anti-Semitic intent, and little...

  • Do the Jews Need Geraldo

    By Joe Berkofsky

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Geraldo Rivera has rediscovered his Jewish roots, and he declares the Jews "need" him back.

    Rivera, 59, the flamboyant TV reporter, recently announced to the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post that he is planning to marry TV producer Erica Levy, 29, in a Reform ceremony...

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  • Censoring Mr. Spock

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naked women covered in ... tallitot and tefillin? The black-and-white photographs in "Shekhina" (Umbrage Editions, $39.95) a new book by Leonard Nimoy -- a.k.a. "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock -- have ignited a debate in the Jewish community over art and censorship.

    The storm over "Shekhina"...

  • Population Study Poses New Challenges

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    America's Jewish population declined by 5 percent during the past 10 years, according to a new survey, a trend that is likely to continue given the community's aging population and low birth rates.

    The number of Jews now stands at 5.2 million, down from 5.5 million in 1990, even as...

  • Findings Reveal Demographic Shift

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is the American Jewish world, by the numbers, as revealed in the just-released National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 (NJPS)

    The Jewish population now stands at 5.2 million, down 5.45 percent from 5.5 million in 1990.

    Jews represent 2 percent of...

  • Tragedy’s Challenge

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Typically an outspoken political activist, Rabbi Avi Weiss struggles for the right words when it comes to talking about Ground Zero.

    "I can't go down to that place anymore," said Weiss, the spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute in the Bronx, N.Y.

    On that fateful Sept. 11, the...

  • Poll: College Kids Back Israel

    By Joe Berkofsky

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. college students back Israel over the Palestinians by a 4-1 margin, according to a new survey.

    The mid-July survey of 300 students found that 43 percent of respondents called themselves supporters of Israel, while only 11 percent backed the Palestinians. Another 29 percent did...

  • Sex-Abuse Conviction Closes Chapter

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The recent sex-abuse conviction of Rabbi Baruch Lanner for groping two teenage girls closed a highly disturbing chapter for the centrist Orthodox world. But it remains to be seen how deeply the controversy will transform the community.

    Lanner was found guilty June 27 in a Monmouth...

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