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  • Ujc is 7th Largest U.S. Charity; Other Jewish Groups Fall Behind

    The umbrella organization for North American Jewish federations is now the seventh largest charitable organization in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This marks the first time in recent years that a Jewish organization has ranked in the top 20 of the Chronicle’s annual listing of the 400 not-for-profit organizations with the… More ▸

  • New Initiative Aims to Advance More Women to Top Jewish Posts

    When word got out last week that Janet Engelhart had been named executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island – – making her the only woman professional at the helm of one of the 40 largest federations — she received a flood of phone calls. Most were colleagues and friends offering congratulations…. More ▸

  • Israeli High Court to Reconsider Ruling Letting Women Pray at Wall

    Israel’s High Court of Justice has agreed to reconsider its recent decision allowing the Women of the Wall group to hold services at the Western Wall. The decision, which also allowed the women to read aloud from the Torah and wear prayer shawls at the Wall, had prompted an outcry from fervently Orthodox politicians, who… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel’s High Court of Justice agreed to reconsider its recent decision allowing the Women of the Wall group to hold services at the Western Wall. The decision, which also allowed the women to read aloud from the Torah and wear prayer shawls at the Wall, had prompted an outcry from fervently Orthodox politicians. More ▸

  • Women Say No Violence at Wall Service is a Good Sign

    The women who gathered at the Western Wall this week are taking it as a good sign that they were able to hold a prayer service without any major incident. Members of the group Women of the Wall say they are optimistic that the government will carry out a recent High Court of Justice ruling… More ▸

  • Israeli Legislators Propose Prison for Women Worshipers

    A week after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that women are entitled to read from the Torah and wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall, fervently Orthodox lawmakers have initiated legislation that would send to prison for seven years any women who do just that. Last week’s ruling is also under attack from the Israeli… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Fervently Orthodox legislators in Israel’s Knesset plan to present a bill next week aimed at bypassing a High Court of Justice ruling allowing the Women of the Wall group to pray at the Western Wall. The Shas Party, which initiated the bill, hopes to exploit a six-month timetable the court gave the government to make… More ▸

  • Religious Pluralism Advocates Hail ‘victories’ for Prayer at Kotel

    Advocates of religious pluralism in Israel are hailing what they are calling two major breakthroughs in efforts to enable all Jews to pray as they see fit at Judaism’s holiest site. In a landmark ruling Monday that caps an 11-year legal battle, Israel’s High Court of Justice recognized the right of Women of the Wall… More ▸