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Exceeding last year’s total by more than $8 million
July 9, 2013

UJA-Federation of New York concluded its 2013 Annual Campaign on June 30th, raising $145.3 million, an increase of $8.6 million from 2012. Including bequests and endowments, $6.5 million raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $206.5 million. “This has been an extraordinary year of CONTINUE »

July 9, 2013

 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. CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
July 3, 2013

 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 CONTINUE »

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Jewish groups comment on affirmative action, Voting Rights Act rulings
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
July 3, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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For observant Jews, owning Farfel, Mitzvah and Matzo Ball raises halachic questions, concerns
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

Purchasing or rescuing a sweet little puppy is a day of adulation. The kids have been begging for a dog for months, and even you look forward to the idea of snuggling up with a pup or having him fetch the newspaper in the morning. But if you are a Torah observant Jew, as a CONTINUE »