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Op-Ed: Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson

Op-Ed: Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson

By Michael Adam Latz, JTA World News Service MINNEAPOLIS (JTA) — Early last week, national faith leaders called rabbis, pastors, priests and imams to Ferguson, Mo., a city rife with racial violence and pain. Along with my rabbinic colleagues from Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Justice, I responded to the call to the people of(…)

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Conversion to Judaism: denomination by denomination

Conversion to Judaism: denomination by denomination

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service (This is part of a special report on conversion in America. Read our other pieces about who’s converting to Judaism, and about the 10 questions about Jewish conversion you want to know but are afraid to ask.) ORTHODOX Number of converts: Unknown. Over the last seven years, approximately 1,275 conversions have been(…)

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So you want to convert to Judaism…

So you want to convert to Judaism…

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service I understand you’re considering converting to Judaism. Shalom aleichem! What sort of conversion would you like? If Orthodox, the answer is no, no, no. Tradition dictates that prospective converts be rebuffed three times as a test of their true commitment. For a more welcoming denomination, try Reform Judaism.(…)

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Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

By Uriel Heilman JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — President Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran’s nuclear program. In his address last year to the General Assembly, Obama spent a great deal of time talking about Tehran’s nuclear pursuit, describing(…)

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70 years on, a missing private comes home

70 years on, a missing private comes home

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service ARLINGTON, Va. (JTA) — The scene at Arlington National Cemetery last Friday was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer — one of the “Arlington Ladies”(…)

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Obama pledges to ‘destroy’ ISIS, citing threat to U.S.

Obama pledges to ‘destroy’ ISIS, citing threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing possible threats to the homeland among other considerations, President Obama pledged to “destroy”  ISIS using airstrikes and training the Iraqi army to combat the terror organization.“Our objective is clear,” Obama said, speaking Wednesday evening from the White House on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist(…)

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Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ smooth out their differences on Israel guidelines?

Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ smooth out their differences on Israel guidelines?

By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org   When Harvard Hillel refused to host a planned 2012 event titled “Jewish Voices Against the Israeli Occupation,” organized by the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, frustrated students wrote an open letter to the Hillel community criticizing the decision.   That letter has since(…)

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Jewish groups launch fair trade network

Jewish groups launch fair trade network

  NEW YORK (JTA) — A  new partnership has launched to enable the purchase of kosher “fair trade” coffee, tea and chocolate while supporting Jewish communal efforts on human trafficking and worker justice.The Jewish Fair Trade Partnership allows individuals and Jewish institutions like synagogues to purchase fair trade products at wholesale prices while supporting Equal(…)

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