NEW YORK (JTA) – When the board of directors of the Claims Conference gathers here next week for its annual meeting, controversy again may lead the agenda for the group that handles German compensation for Nazi atrocities against Jews. [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – After facing criticism for its handling of inappropriate behavior by a convert-supervising rabbi who turned out to be a mikvah-peeping voyeur, North America’s main centrist Orthodox rabbinical group has released key guidelines aimed at preventing abuses during the conversion process. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Two synagogues and the homes of countless Jewish residents were damaged in the floods that swept through Houston, Texas on Monday and into Tuesday, inundating homes and businesses, sweeping away cars and leaving at least five people dead. [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – When Yeshivat Maharat ordains six women next month, the New York institution will more than double the number of Orthodox clergywomen in the field. [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study offers a trove of data on American Jews based on interviews with 35,071 American adults, 847 of whom identified their faith as Jewish. Here are some of the more interesting findings about the Jews. [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – Almost as soon as news of Nepal’s devastating earthquake reached the wider world, Jewish aid groups began mobilizing humanitarian efforts to help the victims.
In Israel, that meant dispatching first responders to Nepal; in North America, it mostly meant raising and allocating money.
How is the Jewish aid being deployed in Nepal? [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – The Reconstructionist movement is on the cusp of making a historic decision about whether to drop its longstanding ban against intermarried rabbinical school students. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, falls on April 23. In honour of the Jewish state’s 67th birthday, we present, in no particular order, 10 little-known aspects of its history. [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Bruce Dollin first talked to the board at his Conservative synagogue about launching an alternative, singing-centred Shabbat morning service that would use musical instruments, he didn’t encounter much resistance. [Read more…]
(JTA) – For U.S. President Barack Obama, the framework agreement reached Thursday with Iran is a “historic understanding” that does more to roll back Tehran’s nuclear program than any possible alternative and avoids the risk of a destructive war in the Middle East. [Read more…]