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  • SHAVUOT FEATURE Reform Jews embrace tradition of Shavuot holiday Torah study

    NEW YORK, May 20 (JTA) — Shavuot will be about more than eating the traditional dairy foods — blintzes and cheesecake — for Jonathan Eisenthal this year. Eisenthal, the stay-at-home father of a 4-year-old daughter and newborn son in St. Paul, Minn., will for the first time be devoting the night of the Shavuot festival…

  • Leader of Agudath Israel, Moshe Sherer, dies at 76

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — Rabbi Moshe Sherer, president of Agudath Israel of America and an ardent defender of Orthodox interests, has died at 76. He passed away Sunday at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan after suffering a relapse of the leukemia that he thought he had beat. Sherer was in Israel…

  • Leader of Agudath Israel, Moshe Sherer, dies at 76

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — Rabbi Moshe Sherer, president of Agudath Israel of America and an ardent defender of Orthodox interests, has died at 76. He passed away Sunday at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan after suffering a relapse of the leukemia that he thought he had beat. Sherer was in Israel…

  • PASSOVER FEATURE #6 Use of ‘shmurah matzah’ spreads beyond Orthodox

    NEW YORK, March 16 (JTA) — When Harriet Schachter goes to her friends’ home for Passover seder in Milwaukee, she’s not certain how many of her four young adult children will be coming with her. But one thing she knows for sure she’ll be taking along: a large, cardboard box filled with six flat circles…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Nascent movement seeks `new role’ for today’s man

    NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (JTA) — Move over, Iron John — and make way for Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom. Rosenbloom is one of the people adding a Jewish twist to the Robert Bly-Sam Keen school of male spiritual bonding, made famous earlier this decade when their best-selling books spawned conferences and support groups for those wanting…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Intermovement group urges dialogue on pluralism issues

    NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (JTA) — A group of prominent Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews has issued a public appeal encouraging the work of a committee in Israel charged with resolving the seemingly intractable conflict over religious pluralism. The group of 18 rabbis, academics and lay leaders was brought together by Shvil HaZahav, an organization…

  • Almost a rabbi: Woman’s hire charts untested Orthodox turf

    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (JTA) — An Orthodox synagogue, for the first time, has hired a woman to work as a rabbi — almost. Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue has hired Julie Stern Joseph to teach adult education classes, provide pastoral counseling and visit women in the hospital — roles often performed by a rabbi. Both…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Zionist Congress will hail past as it looks to uncertain future

    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (JTA) — Some 2,000 Jews from around the world will gather in Jerusalem next week to celebrate the successes of Zionism”s first century — and to try to figure out where it”s going in the next one. It”s an open question for delegates to the 33rd Zionist Congress, slated for Dec….

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Reform draws line in sand amid ongoing conversion talks

    NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (JTA) — The Reform movement is drawing its line in the sand: It has issued a seven-page statement outlining what it would and wouldn’t accept from negotiations with the Orthodox on religious pluralism in Israel. The report makes clear for the first time the movement’s bottom line for the talks —…

  • PROFILE From Wall Street to philanthropy: This man searches for good returns

    NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (JTA) — The Dow is plunging and Michael Steinhardt isn”t happy. Just before leaving his office to participate in a panel discussion at a United Jewish Appeal lunch — devoted to a subject, he grumbles, about which he knows nothing — Steinhardt calls in a young man wearing a black velvet…