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BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
June 5, 2014

Is the age-old trend of Jews retiring to South Florida on the decline? It depends how you look at the numbers, according to demographer Dr. Ira Sheskin. “Even though the percentage coming to Florida may be down, the number coming is probably not decreasing, and it’s not going to decrease,” Sheskin, a member of the CONTINUE »

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Fight over J Street continues in print
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 29, 2014

An organization claiming to represent Reform and Conservative congregants has published full-page ads in Jewish newspapers across the country blasting their denomination’s leaders for supporting the inclusion of the “pro-peace pro-Israel” group J Street in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. While the criticism of the religious leadership is clear, it is CONTINUE »

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Did Menendez kill pro-Israel bill to save it?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 29, 2014

The killing of a major pro-Israel bill in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week has ignited another round of finger pointing between Democratic and Republican senators, with both sides accusing the other of playing politics. Committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) pulled the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (S. 462) from the committee’s CONTINUE »

In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with a gun
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
May 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes off five shots with a handgun. All of them miss. “I never even held a gun in my hands before,” she later confesses. “I’m CONTINUE »

Will town hall prayer decision change much?
BY Suzanne Pollak
May 15, 2014

Reaction is mixed as to whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this month allowing local governments to begin their meetings with a sectarian prayer will lead to more religion in the public arena or possibly even government funding of religious schools. In the case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, the majority of justices said Christian CONTINUE »