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Act protects against discrimination for sexual orientation, but creates uncertainty for some religious organizations
BY Marc Shapiro
November 21, 2013

When the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (64 to 32) on Thursday, Nov. 7, it was widely applauded by a number of advocacy groups, including those inside and outside the Jewish community. “It is legislation whose time has come,” said Eric Fusfield, director of legislative affairs at B’nai B’rith International. “Attitudes have shifted.” CONTINUE »

Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the Weinberg Foundation annual event. (Photo by David Stuck)
Grants include recent additional $4 million in aid to Claims Conference
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 19, 2013

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Tuesday evening celebrated a year of giving at its annual community gathering. At the event, which was held at Beth El Congregation and welcomed 1,000 people, the foundation announced it had distributed $106 million in grants this past year. The grants were made to nonprofits serving low-income and vulnerable CONTINUE »

November 19, 2013

Each year the National Bible Association awards the prestigious Witherspoon Award to one chaplain from each military service branch, recognizing special creativity and achievement in inspiring others to read the Scriptures. This year’s Navy recipient is LT Josh Sherwin. Endorsed by JWB Jewish Chaplains Council in 2009, Chaplain Sherwin has served with the second Marine CONTINUE »

Israeli DJ Roy Siny (left) and Iranian DJ Afagh Irandoost at the first No Beef party in Berlin.
BY Boaz Arad, JTA Wire Service
November 18, 2013

It’s 4 a.m. at the famous Kater Holzig club and hundreds of beautiful young people are going crazy on the dance floor to the sound of heavy electronic beats. To the casual clubber, it’s just another ordinary night out in Europe’s hottest city. But this gathering is far from ordinary. Many of those dancing are CONTINUE »

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Supreme Court to rule on prayer at government meetings in Gaithersburg
BY Suzanne Pollak
November 14, 2013

The Montgomery County Council begins each of its Tuesday meetings with a prayer. Clergy from a wide array of faith traditions are invited to lead the prayer, noted council member-at-large George Leventhal. “I have not felt uncomfortable during our opening prayer,” Leventhal said. “I am quite comfortable with my own religious identity, and I don’t CONTINUE »