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  • O.U. seminar: Teaching kosher to the gatekeepers of kashrut

    NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (JTA) — It’s so popular that more than 170 people have been turned away since its inception last year. No, it’s not a concert or a popular tourist attraction. It’s the Advanced Seminars on Kashruth, a program sponsored by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest kosher food certification agency. The seminar…

  • Jewish family in Alabama sues, claiming religious discrimination

    NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (JTA) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Jewish family in rural Alabama claiming that local school officials have violated their children’s right to freedom of religion. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of church-state issues that have plagued the state….

  • Graduation off-limits to students who snuck Nazi references in poem

    NEW YORK, June 17 (JTA) — Two Georgia high school students have been barred from graduation ceremonies after school officials learned that a poem they wrote for a school magazine contained hidden references to Hitler and Nazis. A student who was reading Pegasus, the literary magazine of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga, east of…

  • Craft projects to entertain family for Festival of Lights

    NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (JTA) — Chanukah is a special holiday that seems to capture the imagination. From the flames of the menorah to the oil that lasted for eight days and the brightly wrapped presents that delight children, Chanukah is perhaps the most enchanting holiday. To help get in the mood, here are some…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Move over Barbie’s CD-ROM; Jewish IQ Baseball scores big

    NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (JTA) — You sit down at your computer, hands on the keys. A baseball game on the screen. You step up to home plate. The pitcher throws the ball. Crack! You head around the bases as the crowd looks on. Think this is an ordinary computer game? Think again. This is…

  • Claims of anti-Semitism spark probes at Oregon police academy

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — The Oregon police academy is under fire for alleged anti-Semitic acts that have led to the resignation of two academy instructors and three separate investigations. The claims have even attracted the attention of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who has ordered an independent investigation to determine the extent of discriminatory…

  • PURIM FEATURE (4) Preparing Purim `props’ can be a family activity

    NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Here are some ideas to get the family ready for this festive day. Shalach Manos Cups Supplies: 3 1/2-inch white, hard, plastic birthday cups, available at party supply stores paint markers in various colors pencil roll of cellophane paper or netting fabric ribbon With a pencil, sketch the words…

  • PASSOVER FEATURE (3) Myriad books, videos help children prepare for Passover

    NEW YORK, March 11 (JTA) — Most children do not like to clean, especially the extra-meticulous cleaning needed to prepare a home for Passover. In my family, to make the time go faster, my mother would play a Passover record for my brother and me. While we helped clean, we would listen to the story…