National News

BY JTA Wire Service
October 21, 2013

 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, which is being called the “Jewish Nobel Prize.” The award is set to be announced Monday, The New York Times reported Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the prize to Bloomberg at a ceremony in Jerusalem in CONTINUE »

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Conservative Centennial celebration talks people, not programs and relationships, not religion
BY David Holzel and Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

At 100 years old, the Conservative movement feels it still has the juice to be “the vital center” of the Jewish religious world. And during its three-day Centennial conference this week, the movement’s rabbis and members, along with a large cast of idea people and performers, constructed an ideal Conservative Jewish community at the Marriott CONTINUE »

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According to JCPA, some rabbis fearful of expressing views on Israel … not so much in Jewish Baltimore
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

Rabbi Steven Schwartz said he speaks about Israel all the time — in the context of his sermons, in his adult education classes, in Torah study sessions. “I don’t know how you cannot,” he said. But it appears that Rabbi Schwartz — and many of Baltimore’s local rabbis who responded to the question, “To what CONTINUE »

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Janet Yellen nominated for Fed chief, first woman in post
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

Janet Yellen, the vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, has been nominated as the central bank’s next chairwoman. President Barack Obama made the announcement last week. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen. 67, would succeed Ben Bernanke, be the first woman to hold that position and be the third consecutive Jewish economist to head the CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
October 10, 2013

After customers in a New Jersey store were allegedly told that Hobby Lobby doesn’t cater to Jewish customers, the company issued an apology and said it is re-evaluating its merchandise selection and investigating the incident. New Jersey blogger Ken Berwitz reported that family friends went to a Hobby Lobby in Marlboro, N.J., which was stocked CONTINUE »