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December 28, 2014 12:50pm
Winning one recent tournament, this son of an Orthodox rabbi took home $136,500. Engel estimates that he has grossed $5 million playing poker over the last decade.
December 23, 2014 2:12pm
At its annual conference, the Conservative movement’s youth group voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews. USY also decided against requiring the board to be Shabbat observant.
December 19, 2014 11:21am
For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither forgotten nor forgiven.
December 18, 2014 4:44pm
Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., proposed a new synagogue policy that would have him officiate at interfaith weddings for couples who commit to a “Covenant to Raise Jewish Children.” But something changed his mind.
December 16, 2014 10:20am
In the wake of the flawed Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, one Jewish woman with a national profile tells the story of her own near rape.
December 15, 2014 4:14pm
Because U.S. law bars sending weapons or combat equipment to foreign armies and the Israel Defense Forces does not want to be seen as a charity case, sending U.S. Jewish aid to Israeli soldiers can be a bit of a touchy subject.
November 26, 2014 5:16pm
Rabbi Marc Schneier of The Hampton Synagogue wants affluent Diaspora Jews to go beyond opening their checkbooks for Israeli causes. He’s wants them to buy real estate in one of Israel’s toniest beachfront communities.
November 24, 2014 6:00pm
The rabbi of the largest Orthodox shul in Teaneck, N.J., says Arab stone throwers should be shot and the mosque on the Temple Mount should be moved to Saudi Arabia. His congregation — and mainstream Orthodox institutions — shrug.
November 18, 2014 2:16pm
A growing number of companies are going after more restricted segments of the kosher market, including organic and gluten-free.
November 18, 2014 12:00pm
Rabbis Avi Weiss and Marc Angel face off against Rabbi Mark Dratch in dueling JTA Op-Eds about whether the Rabbinical Council of America’s centralized conversion system, known as GPS, is good or bad for conversion.