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  • Slumping Safed Hopes Madonna Visit Will Boost Local Economy

    When it comes to spirituality, Safed lacks nothing. But the Israeli mountain town has been struggling economically since last year’s war with Hezbollah. That’s why local tourism authorities are hoping a Rosh Hashanah visit by the Material Girl will bring real material benefits to its 30,000 residents. Madonna, returning to Israel for the first time… More ▸

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    A Boca Raton philanthropist gave $1 million to a Florida Jewish federation. In honor of the gift by Dorothy Seaman, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will name its women’s division the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The division accounts for nearly half of the federation’s annual $20 million campaign. It has… More ▸

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    Rabbi Judah Nadich, the longtime rabbi at The Park Avenue Synagogue-Agudat Yesharim in New York City, died Sunday. He was 95. Nadich served at Park Avenue, one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the country, from 1957 until 1987, according to his successor and the current spiritual leader, Rabbi David Lincoln. Nadich also served a… More ▸

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    Madonna is leading a delegation of Hollywood superstars to Israel for Rosh Hashanah. Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and fashion designer Donna Karan will be joining Madonna in Israel next month, Yediot Aharonot. The celebrities will travel to Israel by private jet and take part in the first few days of a holiday pilgrimage organized by… More ▸

  • From Recovery to Renaissance New Orleans Jews Look Ahead

    The Jewish community of New Orleans has used the two years since Hurricane Katrina not only to recover from the devastation but also to plot the course for what it hopes will be a future renaissance. Key to this revitalization is a program of grants and incentives to lure 1,000 Jewish individuals and families to… More ▸

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    A school in the West Bank this week reportedly named a soccer tournament after a Palestinian terrorist. The school, located in Tulkarem, named its tournament after Shahid Ziyad Da’as, who in 2002 killed six and wounded 30 with an M-16 in an attack at a bat mitzvah in Hadera. The news appeared in the Palestinian… More ▸

  • New Reform Movement Manual Adds Blessings for Sex Changes

    In a groundbreaking move to recognize the experiences of transgender Jews, the Reform movement has published several prayers for sanctifying the sex-change process. The Union for Reform Judaism this week released the second edition of Kulanu, the union’s 500-page resource manual for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion. The guide includes two blessings authored by… More ▸

  • Bush Threat to Veto Children’s Insurance Program Baffles Jewish Organizations

    From restricting abortion access to lowering the church-state wall, the Bush administration’s right-leaning domestic agenda is often at odds with the Jewish community’s decidedly liberal views. But with bipartisan support in Congress building to expand a program that supplies health coverage to millions of otherwise uninsured children, Jewish organizations thought that they had found an… More ▸

  • Flap over Legal Scholar’s Article Misses Real Intermarriage Story

    Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman would have stood on much stronger intellectual ground had he simply sent the following notice to the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times, the usual address for high-powered wedding announcements: Noah Feldman, a nice Jewish boy and graduate of several prestigious institutions, including the Maimonides School in… More ▸

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    Several Jewish organizations sent letters to U.S. House of Representatives members urging them to vote for a bill that will decrease dependence on foreign energy sources. The letters, mailed last Friday, ask the representatives to vote for a comprehensive energy package as well as an amendment to implement a 20 percent renewable electricity standard by… More ▸