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  • Opinion: How Occupy will end

    October 31, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    No one knows what difference Occupy Wall Street will turn out to make. 

    This could the start of something big.  Maybe the burgeoning sense that something is not right in America will reach a critical mass.  It’s already showing up in the polls.  Maybe more and more ordinary...

  • Video shows anti-Semitism at Occupy Wall Street protests

    October 16, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attacks during Occupy Wall Street protests in New York are shown in a video put out by a neo-Conservative political group.

    The one-minute video, in which Jews are blamed for the trouble in American financial markets and told to “go back to Israel,” was...

  • For new Reform leader Richard Jacobs, big tent movement is the idea

    March 22, 2011 | 2:20 pm

    For the man tapped to lead American Jewry’s largest religious denomination, keeping the movement’s 900-plus synagogues welcoming to the unaffiliated, inspiring for members and a home for disaffected traditional Jews may require a high-wire balancing act.

    As a former dancer and...

  • Rabbi Richard Jacobs tapped to lead Reform movement

    March 22, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Rabbi Richard Jacobs, the spiritual leader of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y., is the choice to become the new leader of the Union for Reform Judaism.

    The selection of Jacobs to succeed Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who announced last year that he would be retiring in 2012...

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  • Reform looking at ways to reinvent the movement

    November 29, 2010 | 10:24 am

    After the Reform movement broadcast online its first session devoted to reassessing itself, in mid-November, the comments poured in.

    One viewer suggested that the movement create a network of schools, camps, shuls and seminaries focused on “tikkun olam,” the Jewish injunction to...

  • Is Reform movement going kosher?

    November 11, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    Kosher—it’s the first word in the book. And tackling the “k” word head-on is part of what makes the first Reform guide to Jewish dietary practice so significant.

    “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic,” to be published next month by the Reform rabbinical...

  • Leftist government’s moves worry Nicaraguan Jews

    By Brian Harris

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It has taken Nicaragua's new leftist President Daniel Ortega less than two months in office to alienate the country's tiny Jewish community.

    They are distrustful of Ortega and his Sandinista movement, after his first term in office from 1979 to 1990 sent the community into exile....

  • In Search of a Leader

    By Amy Klein

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It is only the second Rosh Hashanah for Ikar, a new congregation in Los Angeles, and some 600 people will be attending its services at the Westside Jewish Community Center.

    Six-hundred people.

    Not bad for this synagogue-less community that was started in April 2004 by Rabbi Sharon...

  • Lay Leaders Keep Synagogues Going

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    During the week, Dr. David Kolinsky practices family medicine in Pacific Grove, a sleepy Northern California coastal town. But on Saturday mornings he dons his tallit and leads Shabbat services for Congregation B'nai Torah, a Conservative congregation in neighboring Monterey.

    ...
  • Saving Zionism

    By Leonard Fein

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Where Jewish terrorist Eden Natan-Zada lived -- first in Rishon L'Tzion, then evidently in Tapuach -- there is ostensibly an ideology that encourages the murders he committed last week in Shfaram. This so-called ideology is no more than a translucent patina that does not conceal the...

  • Surgery Offers Hope to Dystonia Victims

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Twelve-year-old Josh Gaskin walks to the front door and shakes a visitor's hand. While this gesture would seem routine for most adolescents, two years ago it would have been impossible for Josh.

    By the time he had reached the fourth grade, Josh's dystonia caused his right hand to...

  • Rare Ailment Occurs More in Ashkenazis

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After David Rudolph sprained his ankle during a basketball game, his father noticed that the second-grader couldn't seem to keep his left heel flat on the ground. The problem persisted, sidelining David from his position as catcher on his Little League team, and preventing him from...

  • Suicide bomb in Jerusalem kills 10

    By Dina Kraft

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 29 (JTA) -- "How will I find anyone alive?" the 21-year-old security guard asked as he broke down the door and climbed onto the charred ruins of bus no. 19,...

  • Settlers Struggle to Hold Biblical Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A battered shipping container was Itai Harel's first home on this steep, windswept hilltop.

    Now he lives in a trailer with running water and electricity, and land has been leveled for more permanent housing in this illegal settlement outpost. He and his fellow young settlers are...

  • Yoffie Emphasizes Need to Forge Links

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Reform Jews cannot go it alone.

    That was the message at the Reform movement's 67th biennial in Minneapolis last week.

    Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe and fight...

  • Just a Peace Rally? Read the Fine Print

    By David Finnigan

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday's "End Occupation" rally in Hollywood has led Jewish watchdog groups to be concerned about the increasing anti-Semitism of the antiwar movement.

    "How did the antiwar movement become anti-Semitic?" asked Amanda Susskind, regional director of the Pacific Southwest Region...

  • For Love of the Dance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Or Nili Azulay often gazes at the faded photograph of her late grandmother, who was widowed in her 20s. "Her huge, expressive eyes are filled with strength and struggle," the Israeli dancer-actress said. "She looks like Bizet's 'Carmen,' although she is wearing nothing fancy, only a...

  • IDF at Odds With Militant Activists

    By Matthew Gutman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The bad blood between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a group of international pro-Palestinian activists continues to grow as more members of the group are injured in Israeli anti-terror operations.

    A British activist was shot in the head last Friday as a group of foreign and...

  • Wonderful

    By Abby Gilad

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This is what happens in this week's parsha. In Parshat Pekuday, Moses gives the Israelites an accounting of how much gold, silver and copper was contributed to build the mishkan (the Tabernacle that held the Ten Commandments). This helps the Israelites to truly own the mishkan -- it...

  • Room for   One More?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Look out Pink, Avril and Christina: agent-manager Linda Yelnick is spearheading perhaps the first national movement to introduce a Jewish music category in the Grammys.

    "They do polka and salsa, so why not Jewish music?" asked Yelnick, who hopes to see yarmulke-clad artists...

  • Collaborating on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "It may be on the smaller side, and we do have a long way to go, but we definitely have a day school movement," said Rabbi Josh Elkin, executive director of Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE).

    The audience of 600-plus day school advocates responded with thunderous...

  • The Arafat Factor

    By James D. Besser

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    According to a poll released last week by Americans for Peace Now (APN) and the Arab American Institute (AAI), U.S. Jews continue to support an active Mideast peace process and a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, despite two years of horrific terrorism and the...

  • Palestinian Supporters Gift-Wrap Message

    By Rachel Pomerance

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the United States is considered Israel's last remaining key ally. Aiming to change that, the anti-Israel movement on college campuses has adopted a message rooted in bedrock American ideals.

    The second National Student Conference on the...

  • ‘My Judaism Is the Civilization’

    By Eric Silver

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Amos Oz, Hebrew novelist, secular prophet and self-proclaimed "non-synagogue" Jew, has joined his local Reform congregation in Arad, the Negev desert town where he has lived since leaving Kibbutz Hulda a decade ago.

    In reaction to last month's massive haredi demonstration in Jerusalem...

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