Judaism

Anti-Semitic posters at synagogue near Sacramento – The Jewish News of Northern California

November 9, 2017
Anti-Semitic posters were pasted onto Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale, near Sacramento. Members of the Reform synagogue on Saturday morning discovered about 10 to 15 of the hate posters stuck to the building, The Sacramento Bee reported. They were placed on the building overnight between Friday and Saturday. The vandalism attack was reported to the […]

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Could this rabbi be a first in Congress? - The Washington Post

November 3, 2017
Since the founding of the republic, there have been dozens of Protestant ministers in Congress, and a handful serve right now. Two Catholic priests, too, have served in the House of Representatives. But despite the large number of Jews elected to Congress, not once has a rabbi been elected. In fact, only two have ever run, and neither had much of a chance: In 2012, pop-advice author, television rabbi and Michael Jackson confidant Shmuley Boteach lost badly in his New Jersey district, and in 2008 Dennis Shulman — who got a great deal of attention for being blind and thus a rare disabled... Read more about Could this rabbi be a first in Congress? - The Washington Post

Israel Scraps Plan For Database Of American Students – The Forward

October 16, 2017
The Israeli government has suspended a plan to create a database of the names of all Jewish college students in the U.S., Haaretz reported. The plan was scuttled after Haaretz released an article detailing the controversial initiative.The company that was supposed to run the initiative, Mosaic United, is run by Israel’s Ministry of Defense.Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world, released a statement saying that Mosaic United had agreed to stop the database plan after hearing Hillel’s concerns.“We believe the initiative in this tender is not in...
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Camp Ramah Program Helps Autistic Kids – The Forward

August 9, 2017
Like many 20-year-olds, Jacob Rapport has a summer job. This year, he’s working at Trig’s Market in Eagle River, Wisconsin. He started off as a cleaner, but after a few weeks, he asked for and received a promotion to bagger. “I think bagging has more responsibilities,” he said. “There can be pros and negatives, but I like to interact with the customers.”   Source: Camp Ramah Program Helps Autistic Kids – The Forward

Exhibit showcases the earliest stirrings of American religious diversity | Religion News Service

July 5, 2017
WASHINGTON (RNS) Enter the “Religion in Early America” exhibit and there are objects you expect to find: Bibles, a hymnal and christening items. But on closer inspection, a broader picture of faith in the Colonial era emerges: a Bible translated into the language of the Wampanoag people, the Torah scroll of the first synagogue in North America and a text written by a slave who wanted to pass on the essentials of his Muslim heritage.  Source: ... Read more about Exhibit showcases the earliest stirrings of American religious diversity | Religion News Service

Liberals Threaten Israel Giving In Wake Of Cabinet Moves | WWRN - World-wide Religious News

July 5, 2017
Leaders representing the vast majority of American Jewry lashed out in unusually blunt terms at the Israeli government this week for going back on its commitment to establish a permanent section of the Kotel (Western Wall) for egalitarian prayer. The cabinet vote, coupled with another on Sunday that would give the Israeli Chief Rabbinate a monopoly on conversions, could well result in less support — financially and politically — from American Jews, the leaders acknowledged. Source: Liberals Threaten Israel Giving In Wake Of Cabinet Moves | WWRN... Read more about Liberals Threaten Israel Giving In Wake Of Cabinet Moves | WWRN - World-wide Religious News

Interfaith coalition launches ‘Know Your Neighbor’ campaign

June 23, 2017

At a time of growing assaults and intimidation of Muslim Americans, the Islamic Networks Group has partnered with 70 interfaith organizations to launch a “Know Your Neighbor” campaign. The effort is intended to encourage individuals and groups to encounter people of faith different from their own.  

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Scholars Are Finally Tackling Yiddish Children's Literature – The Forward

June 14, 2017
In the 1921 Yiddish children’s book “The Wind That Got Angry,” by Moyshe Kulbak, an “old, wandering wind” finds himself booted out of his village when a thaw sets in. He tries to find somewhere in the woods to rest. He’s tired and wants to sleep, but no one wants him around. The oak tree he settles on kicks him away, so he finds a rock to lie on. The rock calls him a tramp. He finds a cozy hotel, but the innkeeper curses after him for peeping into the doorway Read more: http://... Read more about Scholars Are Finally Tackling Yiddish Children's Literature – The Forward

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