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  • Jewish federations see a slight dip in fundraising

    North American Jewish federations generated nearly $2.5 billion for program needs in 2010, according to their umbrella group.

  • San Francisco circumcision ban likely for November ballot

    A proposal to ban circumcision in San Francisco looks likely for the November ballot.

  • What, You Took Us Seriously?

      A haredi community in Jerusalem earned a harsh life lesson this Passover when they “sold” their hametz to a non-Jewish man, believing he would “return” the goods to them when the eight-day holiday was over.   That was before they stashed their expensive liquor in the same storage room, as detailed in this Jerusalem…

  • First green synagogue faces auction block

    The world’s first green-certified synagogue is facing foreclosure.

  • Tweaking tradition: Online project modernizing Jewish texts with today’s lingo

    A 35-year-old social media entrepreneur in Buenos Aires is trying to put together a crowd-sourced Jewish prayerbook.

  • Whatsamatta with Quinoa?

    Besides the difficulty people have with pronouncing it (try KEEN-wah, or Ki-NOH-ah), this nutritious, gluten-free pseudo-grain has become a bone of rabbinic contention.   Is it, or isn’t it, kosher for Pesach?   According to an article in today’s New York Times, the Chicago Rabbinical Council gives the green light to certain brands of quinoa…

  • Are Christian Seders kosher?

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  • Farmer, rabbi and maple syrup maker, Shmuel Simenowitz melds Torah and environmentalism

    Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz, the owner of a 14-acre Vermont maple farm, is one of a small but growing number of strictly Orthodox Jews who blend Torah Judaism with environmentalist practice.

  • Matzo or ciabatta?

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  • A Fifth Question

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