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    Gershom Sizomu will become the first officially ordained rabbi of Uganda’s Abayudaya Jews. Sizomu, like his father and grandfather before him, has served as the isolated African community’s spiritual leader. After five years of study at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish Universtiy in Los Angeles, he will become a Conservative… More ▸

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    The upcoming U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva is likely to single out Israel for criticism. Observers expect next week’s forum, strongly influenced by Islamic countries, to once again gang up on Israel, the latest effort to isolate the country on the international stage. “Demonization and de-legitimization of Israel happens daily at the U.N…. More ▸

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    Representatives of leading American Jewish organizations met with 23 Democratic senators. Among the issues raised in Wednesday’s meeting were Iran’s alleged pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, food stamps, subprime loans, Medicaid, emergency food and shelter, and immigration. Jewish participants told JTA they were struck by the breadth of Jewish political concerns expressed at the… More ▸

  • New Book Blasts Gender Inequity, Seeks Change in Organizations

    It’s been 45 years since the U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay men more than women for the same job. It’s been 44 years since Title VI of the Civil Right Act barred employment discrimination on the basis of race or sex, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was… More ▸

  • Action is Needed to Smash Glass Ceiling in Communal World

    Can we talk about gender? Again? Or maybe not. We have been having a conversation in the Jewish community about gender for more than three decades. During that time there have been some remarkable changes: the ordination of women rabbis, the proliferation of egalitarian prayer services and bat mitzvah as a rite of passage. In… More ▸

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    Jewish groups are pushing a list of 10 legislative priorities toward closing the gender gap in poverty. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a public policy umbrella, co-hosted a March 26 briefing at the U.S. Capitol with the National Council of Jewish Women and the National Women’s Law Center. A panel discussed how poverty had… More ▸

  • Israeli Singer Climbs Charts with Boost from Apple Ad

    Musicians not so long ago would be regarded as colossal sell-outs for licensing their work for use in a TV commercial. But in following a trail blazed by such titans as the Rolling Stones and U2, the French-Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim has little reason to be ashamed that she is best known for a maddeningly… More ▸

  • Three New Intermarriage Reports Urge Understanding, Greater Accessibility

    Three new scholarly reports on intermarriage argue for increasing Jewish educational opportunities, encouraging Jewish behaviors among both intermarried and inmarried Jews, and opening the doors even further to intermarried couples and their children. One report, the result of a new study, shows an intriguing correlation between rabbinic officiation at an intermarriage and how "Jewish" the… More ▸

  • Can the Synagogue Help Bridge Diaspora-israel Gap?

    Perched high in the forested hills overlooking the Mediterranean, a group of U.S. rabbis and Jewish leaders hunker down to brainstorm a riddle harder to solve than might seem: how to make Israel meaningful to their congregants. A group from a Reform synagogue in St. Louis muses about solutions: hanging signs in their synagogue in… More ▸

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    The National Council of Jewish Women opposed a judicial nominee with an anti-abortion record. Richard Honaker, nominated by President Bush to a federal bench position in Wyoming, underwent a tough confirmation hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. “We are deeply troubled by Richard Honaker’s record of hostility to reproductive rights and his assertion… More ▸