Alvin Schiff, Jewish Education Pioneer, Dies

 Alvin Schiff, a pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, has died. Schiff died of unknown causes, Yeshiva University announced Monday. He was in his mid-80s. At Yeshiva University, he established and directed the Graduate School of Jewish Education in 1959, which later was renamed the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration…. Read More

Falling Tree At Calif. Summer Camp Kills Counselor

 A tree fell through a dining hall at a Jewish summer camp in Northern California, killing one and requiring four others to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. NBC News reported that a counselor, Annais Rittenberg, was killed. A Cal Fire spokesman, Daniel Berlant, posted on Twitter that emergency crews were responding to a “mass… Read More

Court Order

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The Supreme Court ended its current term on Wednesday of last week, after days of momentous decisions on important national issues. Though its rulings on same-sex marriage continue to dominate headlines, the court’s verdicts on the issues of affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act also sparked responses from Jewish organizations and leaders. Monday’s 7-1… Read More

BaWOOF Atah Hashem

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It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some… Read More

‘Continue In Honest Dialogue’

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>> “Societies’ morals may shift and crumble, but eternal verities exist. One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman. Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court, but that sanctity remains untouched,” Agudath Israel said in a statement. >> “Loving families across our nation have been made whole. …… Read More

Acknowledging Failure On Sex Allegations, Norman Lamm Steps Down From Y.U.

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In his letter announcing he was stepping down as Yeshiva University’s chancellor and rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Norman Lamm acknowledged his failure to respond adequately to allegations of sexual abuse against Y.U. rabbis in the 1980s. Lamm, now 85, became the school’s third president and head of its rabbinic school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,… Read More

Student Killed In Egypt Was Active In Hillel, Motivated By Peace

 Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region. “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of… Read More

Three Campers Injured In Lightning Strike At Reform Camp

Three children at the Goldman Union Camp Institute near Indianapolis were injured when lightning struck the field in which they were holding a camp activity. One of the children reportedly is in critical but stable condition from the Saturday afternoon lightning strike on the Reform movement camp located in Zionville, Ind. The three injured children… Read More

Netanyahu Reportedly Taps Dermer As Next Ambassador to U.S.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint his close aide Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, Army Radio reported Friday. According to the report, Dermer’s candidacy as ambassador has been in question for some time, as he was considered a “red sheet” in Obama administration circles for his perceived support… Read More