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American Studies group receives renewed scrutiny over boycott of Israel
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
October 29, 2014

About a year after the American Studies Association’s (ASA) widely condemned vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the organization’s policy on Israel is receiving renewed scrutiny over a practical application of that vote. The ASA’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, has CONTINUE »

Rabbi Barry Freundel (Courtesy Towson University)
Student says she and other girls were invited, university opens internal investigation
BY Marc Shapiro
October 23, 2014

A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student CONTINUE »

Rabbi Barry Freundel (Courtesy Towson University)
Former student says two students took part at Freundel’s request
BY Marc Shapiro
October 22, 2014

A rabbi and Towson University professor who was arrested on Oct. 14 on voyeurism charges for allegedly setting up a hidden camera in a mikveh had at least two students take part in the bathing ritual, according to a former student. Nicole Coniglio, a senior mass communication major, told student newspaper The Towerlight that she CONTINUE »

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Amid drought, Jewish groups push conservation agenda
October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Devorah Brous’ San Fernando Valley home is shaded by green trees, studded with 19 fruit trees and patrolled by a pair of affable chickens that strut around the backyard. But at the moment, she is eager to show a visitor her dying lawn. Comparing the withering grass with a thriving orange tree CONTINUE »

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Is it safe to go back in the water?
BY Josh Marks
October 22, 2014

Washington, D.C.-area mikvahs are grappling with security concerns in the aftermath of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s highly publicized arrest on voyeurism charges. Freundel is accused of setting up a hidden camera in the shower room of the National Capital Mikvah in order to spy on women who changed there before taking the ritual plunge. There are CONTINUE »