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Many in the Jewish community along the Mexican border take a humanitarian stand in the contentious immigration crisis
BY Heather Norris
July 24, 2014

In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children have entered the United States illegally, many of them fleeing violence and gangs in Central American countries. While Congress and the White House have argued over how to deal with the flood of undocumented immigrants, many in the Jewish community have taken action. In Tucson, Ariz., CONTINUE »

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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi brought old-world gravitas to new-age Judaism
BY Ben Harris/JTA
July 9, 2014

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was one of the world’s most innovative and influential Jewish spiritual leaders. To his followers, he was their Hasidic rebbe. But what other rebbe had dropped acid with Timothy Leary and dialogued with the Dalai Lama? Schachter-Shalomi, who died last week at 89, wasn’t the only rabbi who tinkered radically with Jewish CONTINUE »

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Anti-Israel text in Newton, Mass., public schools draws protest
BY Jacob Kamaras JNS.org
July 2, 2014

An anti-Israel text that school officials and some Jewish organizations say was removed from a Boston suburb’s public school curriculum during the 2011-12 academic year was being distributed to students longer than the aforementioned parties let on, new research shows. Furthermore, references to the controversial text remain on a website that is routinely visited by CONTINUE »

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Jewish participants make their presence felt at Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 26, 2014

Religious freedom, family values, fiscal policy and Israel were the primary drivers of discussion, as faith activists and Republican politicians gathered in Washington last weekend for the Road to Majority 2014 Conference put on by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition. Despite the group’s reputation as mostly evangelical, Jewish speakers, pundits and issues were prominent CONTINUE »

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Are these GOP Jews on the way up?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 19, 2014

With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss last week, the highest-ranking Jewish Republican politician has suddenly been kicked from power. But Cantor’s rise was almost as improbably swift. Elected in 2000 to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, he was appointed chief deputy whip after only one term. When Republicans regained control of the House CONTINUE »