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  • Orthodox Union asks women clergy to change their titles

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Following its rabbinic ruling prohibiting synagogues from hiring female clergy, the Orthodox Union is pressuring synagogues that have hired the women to change their titles. In February, the Orthodox Union, an umbrella Orthodox Jewish group, issued a Jewish legal ruling by seven rabbis that bars women from serving as clergy or in…

  • 5 ways to celebrate Shavuot — without (necessarily) studying Torah

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect. Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par with the fall and spring festivals of Sukkot and Passover, Shavuot is sometimes ignored because it is six days shorter…

  • A Jewish hipster haven in the heart of Chabad’s Brooklyn territory

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Soon after Nechama Levy moved to Brooklyn five years ago, she opened a bicycle repair shop. The spacious, high-ceilinged store was just down the street from a new pub with exposed brick walls. Like many who have moved recently to the rapidly gentrifying borough, Levy, 33, was drawn to the area’s relatively…

  • US national security adviser declines to say whether Western Wall is part of Israel

    (JTA) — H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, declined to say whether the Western Wall was part of Israel. “That sounds like a policy decision,” McMaster told reporters on Tuesday. The question was raised after a U.S. consular official reportedly told an Israeli official that the wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, “is not…

  • Israel reportedly provided intelligence Trump disclosed to Russia

    This is a developing story. (JTA) — Israel was the source of the highly classified intelligence President Donald Trump disclosed to Russian officials, according to a report by The New York Times. The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump revealed the intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval…

  • Rod Rosenstein played outfield in the JCC softball league — and other fun facts about the man who wrote the Comey takedown memo

    (JTA) — Mystery solved! Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who played a central role in James Comey’s firing, used to play center field in a JCC softball league. Or maybe right field. Or maybe short left. It’s unclear. What is clear is that the man overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the…

  • Anthony Weiner’s sext partner warned him about scandal to come

    (JTA) — There are those who blame Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and repeated sexter, for Hillary Clinton’s election loss and all that has come afterward — including President Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. After all, Weiner’s misdeeds and the inquiries they sparked led to the reopening of the Clinton email…

  • Mass shooting victim, in last public words, urged compassion for her attackers

    (JTA) — When four gunmen opened fire on a New Orleans parade on Mother’s Day in 2013, sending the crowd running, Deborah Cotton stood in place and stared at one of the shooters. “I looked over and I saw one of the main shooters,” she said last month when she was honored at a dinner of Avodah,…

  • Rod Rosenstein: 5 things to know about the man who helped get Comey fired

    (JTA) — Until this year, Rod Rosenstein was an unassuming U.S. attorney with a reputation for fairness. Now he’s at the center of the controversy over President Donald Trump’s snap firing of James Comey, the FBI director. Rosenstein, 52, whose appointment by Trump as deputy attorney general was confirmed only two weeks ago, wrote the memo…

  • Some 10% of Eastern Europeans don’t want Jews as citizens, study finds

    (JTA) — More than 10 percent of Central and Eastern Europeans do not accept Jews as citizens of their countries, according to a new study. The study, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, surveyed the residents of 18 countries and found that 80 percent of respondents would accept Jews as fellow citizens. The remainder…