Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Conservative movement doubles down on intermarriage and its rabbis ask why

An official response was prompted by declarations by a few rabbis supporting intermarriage. By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — “It doesn’t help.” “I don’t know how it happened or why it happened.” “The most common response I’m seeing is confusion.” That’s what some Conservative rabbis are saying about their movement’s recent major statement on […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody’s happy

Anti-BDS laws prohibiting compliance with or support of a boycott of Israel are facing stumbling blocks By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel. “Anti-Israel policies are […]

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Sholom to host open house Oct. 29

Sholom is inviting the public to an Open House, celebrating its new addition, AlterCare Adult Day Program from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3620 Phillips Pkwy., St. Louis Park. Community members can meet the team and learn about adult day services. There will be delicious food and prize drawings. There will be a […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Jews vie in St. Paul, Minneapolis mayoral races

Carrying on a Minnesota Jewish tradition of civic engagement, Tom Goldstein is running for St. Paul mayor and Jacob Frey is in the Minneapolis mayoral race By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the 1960s, Minneapolis had its first and only Jewish mayor. Arthur Naftalin (1915-2005) served as the Mill City’s mayor from 1961 to 1969. And St. […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism

Judging from his Facebook profile, Mark Zuckerberg has reconnected with his Judaism not just as a national figure but as a person and a father. By BEN SALES (JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Three Supreme Court cases Jews are watching closely

The return to a conservative majority in the Supreme Court worries liberal Jewish groups By ROM KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Supreme Court is back in session with a full bench of nine justices, so expect more momentous decisions after nearly a year of caution. Now that the high court is back to its previous […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Kosher winery damaged as wildfires rage on in Northern California

Owner of Hagafen Cellars kosher winery says damage is considerable By SUE FISHKOFF (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A kosher winery in Northern California sustained widespread damage from a wildfire still raging along the southern part of the Silverado Trail in Napa County. Ernie Weir, owner of Hagafen Cellars, the […]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Hummus unites Jews and Muslims in Argentina

Recently, 20 amateur chefs participated in a hummus-making competition By JTA STAFF (JTA) — “Make Hummus, Not War.” That was the message behind a recent event that brought local Jews, Muslims and other Arabs together in Argentina’s bustling capital city of Buenos Aires. Recently, 20 amateur chefs participated in a hummus-making competition at the Tetuan […]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

These photos of Holocaust survivors from the SS Exodus are incredible

In July 1947, more than 4,500 Jews from the camps boarded the Exodus in France and set sail for Palestine without legal immigration certificates By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — In the summer of 1947, when the British turned away the SS Exodus from the shores of Palestine, the world was watching. Before the […]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Why some rabbis bashed Trump from the High Holiday bima – and others demurred

Whether or not to use the bima as a bully pulpit has become a particularly burning issue in the first year of the Trump presidency By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — As spiritual leader of one of the most widely known Reform synagogues in America, Rabbi Joshua Davidson tries not to be divisive on […]