Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Online genealogy project seeks volunteers

Jewish history becomes personal with JewishGen, an online genealogy project By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Does your family have stories and myths about their immigration to America? Does its history stop at the shores of the New World? Do you despair of finding tombstones or memorial plaques that might fill in blanks in your extended family tree? […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Remembering Cantor Sarah Lipsett-Allison

“She wanted to engage the community through music.” by MAX SPARBER “Sarah Lipsett-Allison was our cantor for 20 years,” Rabbi David Locketz, senior rabbi at Bet Shalom, tells the American Jewish World in interview before correcting himself. “Well, she wasn’t exactly our cantor the entire time, because she went through cantorial certification, but that’s not […]

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Craig Breslow’s in the bullpen

Jewish relief pitcher Craig Breslow changes up his delivery and it seems to be working By MORDECAI SPECTOR When the Jewish World last talked with Craig Breslow, he was in his fifth season in the Big Leagues and pitching for the Twins. During a rough patch in 2009, the Twins waived the left-handed relief pitcher. […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Special rabbinic dispensation

Rabbis don’t know who gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Which Orthodox rabbi gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat? We don’t know who it was, but we know who it wasn’t. It wasn’t Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw the first daughter’s conversion to […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Five ways to celebrate Shavuot

Torah study is optional on the holiday marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect. Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Orthodox Union asks women clergy to change their titles

By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Following its rabbinic ruling prohibiting synagogues from hiring female clergy, the Orthodox Union is pressuring synagogues that have hired the women to change their titles. In February, the Orthodox Union, an umbrella Orthodox Jewish group, issued a Jewish legal ruling by seven rabbis that bars women from serving […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Israel gave Trump the royal treatment

Trump’s visit to Israel brings him multiple standing ovations, while troubles mount back in the States By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump must have felt like he was back behind his desk at Trump Tower. During his whirlwind visit to Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. leader […]

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Paul’s Pals: Creating accommodation

Paul’s Pals and its expanded mission to enrich the lives of children with disabilities  By MAX SPARBER  The world is not terribly accommodating to people with disabilities, a fact that was made abundantly clear at a previous job, when I helped edit Access Press, a local newspaper for the disabled community. Adults with disabilities would […]

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Seven smartphone apps for religious Jews

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — These days there are smartphone applications for pretty much anything, from ordering food to finding a date to reporting anti-Semitic incidents. But what about tools for living a religious Jewish life? Well, there are apps for that, too. Whereas in the time before smartphones, observant Jews may have had to […]

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Celebrate your grad in the Jewish World

The American Jewish World will publish a special section, “Honoring Our Graduates”, in the May 19 issue. AJW readers are encouraged to send in photos of their high school and college graduates, along with a brief bio (information about college or career plans, honors), which should not exceed 60 words. (There is a $10 charge […]