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  • A call for civil marriage in Israel

    Ben Sales filed a story last week about various religious pluralism issues still on the burner. Right on cue… Susie Gelman, a co-owner of the Washington Jewish Week and immediate past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, is calling for the introduction of civil marriage in Israel. Just a few weeks ago, Gelman…

  • Will.i.am channels JTA.am.i

     In case you missed it, here was my take on the Justin Bieber-Anne Frank flap: The guy is a mega-famous teen hearthrob. He’s in a city with more than 200 places to legally purchase and smoke marijuana. And he chooses to spend an hour learning about Anne Frank. And now he’s getting the business? He…

  • Oklahoma pol finds out on fly ‘Jewing down’ isn’t kosher

     Just watch! (And the if you somehow need more, read the AP report here.)

  • Running rabbi recounts chaos, vows to run Boston Marathon again

    The Jewish Exponent has a profile on Rabbi Benjamin David, religious leader of Adath Emanu-El in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and co-founder of Running Rabbis, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. [[READMORE]] “People were running toward the scene and away from the scene,” David said. “Police were scrambling. The hardest part is that no one…

  • Mass General doctor: Israelis helped us set up disaster team

    Alastair Conn, the chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, told reporters Monday that the hospital received training from an Israeli team two years ago. “About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in…

  • ADL to Israel Broadcasting Authority: Let them wear Galliano!

    We reported last week that the Israel Broadcasting Authority barred Israel’s contestant in the international Eurovision music contest from wearing a dress by designer John Galliano. Now the ADL’s Abe Foxman says he’s "outraged" at the decision. Galliano lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior two years ago after being arrested for…

  • RCA: Broyde taking leave of absence from group

    The Rabbinical Council of America just issued this statement: [[READMORE]] Rabbi Michael Broyde has acknowledged behavior which the Rabbinical Council of America finds deeply troubling.  As announced by the Beth Din of America, he will, properly, immediately cease to serve as a dayan on the RCA’s affiliated rabbinical court and be placed on indefinite leave. …

  • Stop picking on The Bieber

    The Anne Frank House is defending Justin Bieber from all those who are criticizing him for writing in the guest book that he hoped the teen diarist would have "been a Belieber." Here’s its Facebook post on the matter: "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We…

  • Tablet: Broyde out at RCA’s Beth Din of America

    Tablet reports that Rabbi Michael Broyde is out, at least for now, as a dayan (judge) at the Beth Din of America, the religious court operated by the Rabbinical Council of America:   “Rabbi Broyde has admitted to behavior that the Rabbinical Council finds extremely disturbing,” Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the RCA, told Tablet. “We have determined…

  • Remembering Jackie Robinson’s fight with black nationalists over anti-Semitism

    The new film “42” chronicles and celebrates Jackie Robinson’s courage in integrating baseball. Less well known is Robinson’s off-the-field effort to combat prejudice of all stripes.