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  • Where Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton may (or may not) spend Rosh Hashanah

    NEW YORK (JTA) – One has attended previous High Holiday services at an Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The other has accompanied a college friend to Rosh Hashanah services at Stanford University, and her Jewish husband to services at a Reform temple in Midtown. Inquiring minds want to know how the two potential First Daughters,…

  • A changing Crown Heights marks 25 years since Brooklyn ‘pogrom’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Much has changed in Crown Heights in the past 25 years, since the accidental death of a black boy touched off three days of rioting in which black youths attacked religious Jews in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Many called it a riot. Some Jews call the events of Aug. 19-21, 1991, a pogrom. And…

  • Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though few seemed to notice: The language on their ordination certificates was markedly different than that of their male colleagues. Men were referred to…

  • Orthodox activists and victims asking NY to change sex abuse reporting laws

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Advocates for sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community will be descending on New York’s state capital on May 3 to lobby the legislature to eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse offenses. A bill to change the statute of limitations has languished for years in a state legislative…

  • Founder of Orthodox muckraker blog Failed Messiah sells – but did he sell out?

    NEW YORK (JTA) – He has been compared to a piece of rotting meat and lauded as a muckraking champion of the voiceless. Now Scott Rosenberg — better known as Shmarya Rosenberg — has signed off and sold Failed Messiah, his controversial blog tracking the foibles of Orthodox Jews. But Rosenberg is refusing to identify the new…

  • Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood

    Economy Candy is one of the last of the old Jewish food purveyors of the Lower East Side still owned by its founding family, and owner Mitchell Cohen doesn’t plan on that changing.

  • ‘The Red Tent’ gets new life in gauzy Lifetime movie

    The book that sold 3 million copies and pioneered the now-popular genre of biblical fiction is making its way to the small screen, with the results at times verging on soft porn.

  • Contemplate This!

    At the Jewish Funds for Justice, a nonprofit devoted to social change and leadership training, Friday staff meetings were recently given the ax. Instead, staffers on Fridays now work, alone or one-on-one, on goal setting and what the head of the organization calls “visioning.” Another change made by Simon Greer, the organization’s president and CEO,…

  • Philanthropist hopes gift will inspire

    Ronald Stanton is hoping his gift to Yeshiva University will spur other Jewish philanthropists to give major donations to Jewish causes.

  • Conservatives to vote on gay issues

    Conservative legal scholars will soon vote progressively on the issues of gay rabbis and unions. But an opinion that would continue the prohibition against gay ordination and same-sex unions will also come up for a vote.