Judaism

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

Idra Novey’s Award-Winning Novel’s Sephardic Influence – The Forward

June 8, 2017
A poet, translator and fiction writer, Idra Novey honors all those genres in her first novel, “Ways to Disappear.” “This novel,” she told me in a recent conversation, “is a stewing pot in which I threw in poetry and translation in the same book. I put a lid on it and turned up the heat, hoping it would cook into something.” The satisfying result has been a much acclaimed, prize-winning book, which has just won the 2017 Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Novey, who is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, has translated the work of Brazilian writer Clarice... Read more about Idra Novey’s Award-Winning Novel’s Sephardic Influence – The Forward

Rhode Island Synagogue Welcomed By Episcopal Church – The Forward

June 7, 2017
— A small Jewish congregation in Rhode Island is moving into an Episcopal church. Congregation Or Chadash will hold a procession next week, during which congregants will carry their three Torah scrolls out of their former building, which was recently consecrated as the first Hindu Temple in Rhode Island, the Jewish Voice newspaper reported. Read more: http://... Read more about Rhode Island Synagogue Welcomed By Episcopal Church – The Forward

Anti-Semitism Envoy Post To Be Filled: State Department – The Forward

April 14, 2017
(JTA) — The Trump administration will appoint a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, according to State Department spokesman Mark Toner. The envoy post has been vacant since Trump took office in January. On Thursday, JTA reported that the envoy’s office staff could be eliminated soon due to new State Department employment rules. The envoy is responsible for keeping tabs on global anti-Semitism and advising other countries in fighting it.

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