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  • U.S. Department of Education recognizes 4 Jewish day schools

    NEW YORK, June 29 (JTA) — Four Jewish day schools are among the 266 elementary schools named by the U.S. Department of Education as 1998-99 Blue Ribbon Schools. Blue Ribbon schools “excel in all areas of academic leadership, teaching and teacher development and school curriculum,” according to a statement by the Department of Education. The…

  • Court rules rabbis cannot be sued for speaking out on religious issues

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — In a case with potentially important implications for the American rabbinate, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey has ruled that rabbis who speak out publicly on religious matters cannot be sued in civil court. The June 14 ruling — which concerns a man criticized by rabbis for denying…

  • Blacks, Jews head south together to recreate Freedom Rides of 1960s

    NEW YORK, June 16 (JTA) — A new Freedom Ride, honoring the memories of three civil rights activists — two Jewish and one black — slain during the 1964 “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, is making its way south. The weeklong trip of mostly black and Jewish activists, which left Wednesday morning after a ceremony at…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Are Reform rabbis on same page as congregants in urging tradition?

    PITTSBURGH, May 24 (JTA) — In 1885, Reform rabbis gathered in Pittsburgh to adopt a platform that described observance of traditional Jewish laws governing diet and dress as “altogether foreign to our mental and spiritual state” and “apt rather to obstruct than to further modern spiritual elevation.” In a change of heart and a sign…