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  • Is Judaism a religion, race or culture?

    Rachel Stein was the winner of BBYO’s BBG Oratory Contest, the results of which were announced at BBYO’s International Convention 2013, which ended Sunday in Washington, DC. She addressed the prompt: “Is Judaism a religions, race or culture? Can it be all three? Is it something entirely different?”

  • What does Jewish “brotherly love” look like in 2013?

    Nathan Levy was the winner of BBYO’s AZA Oratory Contest, the result of which were announced at BBYO’s International Convention in 2013, which ended Sunday in Washington, DC. He addressed the prompt: “What does brotherly love look like in 2013 and how can it be made stronger?

  • U.S. haredi rabbis group opposes drafting haredim into Israeli army

    An umbrella group of haredi Orthodox rabbis in the United States voiced its opposition to the drafting of yeshiva students into the Israeli army.

  • Synagogue in Siberia damaged by meteorite

    A synagogue in Siberia was lightly damaged by a meteorite that fell nearby.

  • As N.Y. haredi Orthodox population surges, battles over city neighborhoods ensue

    Haredi Orthodox communities in Brooklyn are responsible for the bulk of Jewish population growth in the greater New York City area. But the absence of housing is drawing the community into conflict with its neighbors. JTA’s Gil Shefler reports.

  • Brooklyn College probing removal of Jewish students from BDS event

    Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

  • Northeast Jews brace for ‘historic’ blizzard

    Some synagogues canceled services ahead of a potentially historic blizzard.

  • Misha Galperin gets down to business

    Nobody likes to be late to the party, but Misha Galperin, the head of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s fundraising arm in the United States, concedes his organization earned that distinction when it comes to collecting direct donations. That’s because for decades JAFI’s entire operating budget came from the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren…

  • Israel dredges up Timerman family history in meeting

    When Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman summoned Israel’s ambassador to Buenos Aires to his office this week, Dorit Shavit she knew she was in for a scolding, according to a report in Haaretz. But the Israeli diplomat reportedly had an ace argument up her sleeve. Citing "sources" in the foreign ministry, the Israeli daily described…

  • Consensus candidate emerges at O.U., averting election showdown

    The Orthodox Union board reportedly has opted for a consensus candidate, Martin Nachimson, to avert a showdown over its presidency.