Pennsylvania Dad Files Complaint over Star of David

A middle school father outside Harrisburg, Pa., has filed a complaint with his son’s school alleging that a teacher’s Star of David necklace violates Pennsylvania state law. Act 14 Section 1112 prohibits public school teachers in the state from wearing any “dress, mark, emblem or insignia indicating the fact that such teacher is a member… Read More

American, Israeli Jewry Challenge Chief Rabbinate

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A growing number of American Jews are challenging Israel’s chief rabbinate on issues of pluralistic religious freedom. With the Orthodox rabbinate’s strict rules governing matters of marriage, divorce, burials and conversions, American Jewish leaders, along with Israeli partners, are working to spur world Jewry to demand change, citing national security concerns in Israel, religious rights… Read More

What Matters Most

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TEL AVIV — This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over the rising cost of living and the economic burdens of the underemployed… Read More

Magnified

Dalia Rabin and Aaron David Miller (center) were the guests in a panel 
discussion that was moderated by New York Times deputy national editor Ethan Bronner.

“It’s serious” was the simple, yet striking response of Dalia Rabin, daughter of the late Israeli prime minister, when asked about the West becoming more critical of Israel during a wide-ranging panel discussion that covered relations between Israel and the United States. The chair of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the national institute dedicated to the… Read More

Protesters at Pitt Disrupt Talk by Former IDF Medic

PITTSBURGH — Masked protestors wielding electronic noisemakers disrupted an event co-sponsored by a pro-Israel student group at the University of Pittsburgh on Nov. 24, necessitating the intervention of campus police and culminating with the removal and citation of one protester while others fled from the scene. Approximately a half-hour into the program — which featured… Read More

Goucher Graffiti

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The Goucher College community is split this week on how to handle the recent emergence of graffiti on the campus’ Hillel building. Students returned from Thanksgiving break early last week to find a cross, two crescent moons and a Star of David spray-painted on the outside of the building, along with two messages: “Stop the… Read More

All for One

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For some in New York City’s Jewish community, the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the police officer implicated in the death of an unarmed Staten Island man in broad daylight struck such a cord that some were willing to risk arrest in protest. “I do believe we have a big contribution to… Read More

France Will Pay Reparations

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After years of debate and numerous lawsuits, French officials announced late last week that the country has agreed to establish a $60 million fund that will be used to compensate thousands of Holocaust victims and their families. Victims eligible for compensation are those deported from France during the Holocaust and ineligible for the country’s previously… Read More

Reconstructing Beit Tikvah

It has been just over a year since Rabbi Larry Pinsker joined Congregation Beit Tikvah as its spiritual leader. But on Nov. 22, the Reconstructionist synagogue, which turns 30 next year, officially celebrated the rabbi’s installation. “It has been an exciting period of assessment and revitalization,” said Pinsker, a 68-year-old Chicago native who previously led… Read More

USCJ Announces Inaugural Winner of Cardin Award

When the number of young families at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was on the decline, Dr. Jessica Katz Poscover and the Family and Youth Engagement Committee she co-chairs got to work personally welcoming young families to the community. For her efforts, Poscover was awarded the inaugural Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award of… Read More