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Rabbis condemn N.J. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s anti-Arab rhetoric

Rabbis condemn N.J. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s anti-Arab rhetoric

NEW YORK (JTA) – A growing chorus of Orthodox leaders are speaking out against the anti-Arab rhetoric of a prominent New Jersey rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck. Following last week’s terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue, Pruzansky, the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, wrote a blog post titled “Dealing with Savages” that said Arabs(…)

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Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

By Sara K. Greenberg CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) — I never imagined that a day would come when some of the world’s leading corporations would fund calls for Israel’s destruction, let alone at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But that is exactly what happened last week at Harvard. My invitation to “Harvard Arab Weekend”(…)

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UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

(JNS.org) The undergraduate student government at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) voted to divest from American companies that do business in Israel. According to the Daily Bruin, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) voted 8-2-2 for the measure that calls for the University of California to divest from American companies that allegedly profit “from(…)

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Hasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

Hasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

NEW YORK (JTA) — More than a dozen members of a prominent Satmar Hasidic family in New York were charged with lying to obtain $20 million in mortgages while also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public benefits. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the(…)

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Portland Jewish community shaken by murder-suicide

Portland Jewish community shaken by murder-suicide

(JTA) — A murder-suicide in Portland, Ore., has left two Jewish day school students orphaned. Portland police said that Ian Elias, 47, killed his ex-wife, Nicolette Elias, 46, at her home and then fled across town with his two daughters, ages 8 and 9, the Oregonian newspaper reported Tuesday. After a confrontation with police, Ian(…)

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Youth hockey coach fired for posting Nazi propaganda on Facebook

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) — A youth hockey coach in suburban Vancouver was fired for posting Nazi propaganda on social media. Christopher Maximilian Sandau, 33, was dismissed earlier this month by the North Delta Minor Hockey Association after refusing to remove the posts from his Facebook page, CTV News reported. Sandau also denies the Holocaust. His(…)

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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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