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  • 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.

  • Grappling with interfaith inclusion

    A survey of Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis delves into the wide range of ways in which rabbis in these movements deal with non-Jewish family members in their pews.

  • Change slow for Orthodox women

    A New York conference on feminism and Orthodox Judaism marked small changes taking place in the religious denomination, with talk of women becoming rabbis and taking part in other areas of synagogue rituals.

  • New HUC leader returns to NYC

    Rabbi David Ellenson, who was recently inaugurated president of the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, doesn’t do things in the way you might expect, and he’s already making changes in the way things wor