National News

November 19, 2013

Each year the National Bible Association awards the prestigious Witherspoon Award to one chaplain from each military service branch, recognizing special creativity and achievement in inspiring others to read the Scriptures. This year’s Navy recipient is LT Josh Sherwin. Endorsed by JWB Jewish Chaplains Council in 2009, Chaplain Sherwin has served with the second Marine CONTINUE »

Israeli DJ Roy Siny (left) and Iranian DJ Afagh Irandoost at the first No Beef party in Berlin.
BY Boaz Arad, JTA Wire Service
November 18, 2013

It’s 4 a.m. at the famous Kater Holzig club and hundreds of beautiful young people are going crazy on the dance floor to the sound of heavy electronic beats. To the casual clubber, it’s just another ordinary night out in Europe’s hottest city. But this gathering is far from ordinary. Many of those dancing are CONTINUE »

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Supreme Court to rule on prayer at government meetings in Gaithersburg
BY Suzanne Pollak
November 14, 2013

The Montgomery County Council begins each of its Tuesday meetings with a prayer. Clergy from a wide array of faith traditions are invited to lead the prayer, noted council member-at-large George Leventhal. “I have not felt uncomfortable during our opening prayer,” Leventhal said. “I am quite comfortable with my own religious identity, and I don’t CONTINUE »

PM Netanyahu at the Opening Plenary podium (Photo by AG for JFNA)
JFNA GA focuses on Diaspora-Israel relations and Jewish unity
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 12, 2013

It was a shuk — a marketplace — of ideas. Attendees heard new and familiar voices. There was an abundance of give and take. At the 2013 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which ran from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 in Jerusalem, participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the CONTINUE »

BY Uriel Heilman, JTA News Desk
November 11, 2013

Saul Kagan, the founder and chief of the Claims Conference for nearly five decades, died Saturday November 9, 2013 at age 91. Kagan helped found the organization in 1951 to be the main vehicle for negotiating with Germany over restitution for Holocaust survivors.  In a statement announcing his death, the Claims Conference credited Kagan with CONTINUE »