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  • What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

    What will you be doing New Year’s Eve — or should we say New Millennium’s Eve? Will you be decked out in festive holiday finery, tripping the light fantastic? Or will it not be Dec. 31 for you, but rather the 22nd of Tevet, simply but pleasurably another

  • Rebbe’s grave sustains worldwide emissaries

    NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (JTA) — They came by the busload, one black-and-white clad Lubavitch emissary after another, crowding around tables in a large tent near where their rebbe is buried, writing heartfelt notes they would later read to him by his grave site. An old tea box was turned into an impromptu tzedakah box,…

  • Jewish couples among EgyptAir victims

    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (JTA) — At least three Jewish couples were among the 217 EgyptAir passengers and crew members whose lives ended in the cold waters of the Atlantic when their plane crashed east of Massachusetts on Sunday. Among the couples embarking on vacation were two couples who were long-time friends from the Detroit…

  • TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY [Part 2] Liberal mikvahs spring up in response to growing need

    NEW YORK, July 1 (JTA) — The conversion controversy is not just an issue in Israel. It is playing out a lot closer to home in conflicts across the United States over access to mikvahs. Immersion in a ritual bath is a critical step in the process of converting to Judaism. It is required among…

  • TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY Two agencies seek Jewish parents to adopt children of Jewish heritage

    NEW YORK, July 6 (JTA) — Wanted: Jewish parents for Jewish children. Conventional adoption wisdom says that it’s nearly impossible to find a Jewish child to adopt. But it’s not. Two organizations are looking for Jewish parents ready to open their homes and hearts to Jewish children. One is the Denver-based Jewish Children’s Adoption Network,…

  • TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY [Part 1] Today’s adoptions force new thinking in Jewish community

    NEW YORK, July 1 (JTA) — Adoption — it”s an ancient practice mentioned often in the Torah. But with modern developments, adoption is transforming the Jewish community. A growing number of children from different ethnic backgrounds are becoming part of American Jewish families, some of whom are urging a re-evaluation of what it means to…

  • TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY [Part 3] Multiracial adoptions change the face and color of Jewish life

    NEW YORK, July 1 (JTA) — His mom was a little worried about sending Ari Wolff, 8, to overnight camp for the first time this summer. She had the usual concerns: Will he be homesick? At a Reform movement camp in California, will he be too far from their home in Honolulu? But she also…

  • From Orthodox to Reform: Rabbis seek common ground

    NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (JTA) — Nine months after first meeting, the North American Boards of Rabbis is officially getting off the ground with financial backing for two years and the goal of serving as a clearinghouse of information for rabbis around the continent. About 30 people representing 25 boards of rabbis met this week…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Modern Orthodox find community amid struggle to define an identity

    NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (JTA) — A sense of community. That was the overriding feeling among some 1,500 modern Orthodox Jews who gathered here over the Presidents Day weekend for a conference whose goal was to re-articulate just what it means to be a modern Orthodox Jew today. The conference, which was organized by the…

  • Israel lifts ban on rabbi, but he won’t go there now

    NEW YORK, April 9 (JTA) — An American rabbi who was banned from Israel more than two years ago says that even though the ban has been lifted, he has no desire to visit the Jewish state. “I would not go now, not for any reason,” said Rabbi Abraham Hecht, who was banned from the…