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A cantorial odyssey
BY Cantor Thom King
June 27, 2013

I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope CONTINUE »

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For some, PRISM program brings up discussion of protection of Jewish community
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
June 27, 2013

The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the government gathers and stores data on the public’s phone and Internet use as part of the PRISM program in the name of national security has renewed debate on questions over security versus privacy in the modern world. For the Jewish community, questions about CONTINUE »

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U.S. citizens with accounts in Israel are the latest target of IRS scrutiny
BY Maayan Jaffe
June 27, 2013

Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in CONTINUE »

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Community less than worried that Z Street may have been singled out for its ties to the Jewish state
BY Maayan Jaffe
June 27, 2013

The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because CONTINUE »

BY Emily Minton
June 26, 2013

For many Jewish teens, the culmination of their involvement in Judaism comes at the age of 12 or 13 when they read their Torah portion and celebrate at their bar or bat mitzvah party. While some teens will go on to complete confirmation classes and may be involved with a Jewish youth group, many will CONTINUE »