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    States and municipalities now have federal backing if they want to divest from Sudan. President Bush on Monday signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, which authorizes the divestment of state and local pension funds from companies that do business with Sudan. The measure, which was approved last month by the U.S. Congress,… More ▸

  • Authors Aim to Defang Jap, Shiksa Labels

    “So are you a JAP?” I’m sitting at Abigail’s in midtown Manhattan and next to us, an older couple visiting from Ireland is delighted they have unwittingly happened upon a kosher restaurant and some real, live Jewish women. “Excuse me?” I say, almost choking on my gazpacho. “Are you a JAP? I’ve always wanted to… More ▸

  • Black Rabbi in Chicago Seeks to Bridge Racial Jewish Divide

    Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, wants you to know that he likes gefilte fish — a lot. “I love it,” he told JTA in a recent interview. “I love lox. I love borscht. Some of my congregants don’t even know what borscht is.” Funnye’s congregants… More ▸

  • Women Refused Get by Husband Wins Ruling in Canada’s High Court

    In a landmark decision that could provide relief to agunot, Jewish women whose husbands deny them a Jewish divorce, Canada’s highest court sided with a woman whose husband had refused for 15 years to grant her a get, a religious writ of divorce. Making a rare foray into religious matters, the Supreme Court of Canada… More ▸

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    The U.S. government will no longer be allowed to contract with companies doing business in Sudan. The House of Representatives unanimously voted Tuesday to divest from the genocidal regime in Darfur, passing a bill that also eases the way for private and state pension funds to cease backing companies that do business there. The Sudan… More ▸

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    An Orthodox feminist group will train counselors to discuss sex with prospective brides and grooms. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance is recruiting 10 kallah teachers, women who teach betrothed Orthodox women about Jewish marriage laws, for a course in which they will learn how to talk openly about sex with prospective brides and grooms. “It… More ▸

  • New Women’s Torah Commentary Enriches Understanding of the Text

    This week marks the debut of "The Torah: A Women’s Commentary," which brings together the scholarship and insights of women from all segments of the Jewish community and from around the world. For the past two years, in advance of the commentary’s publication, I have previewed drafts in congregations across the country. Inevitably, when I… More ▸

  • Rabbis at Merged Congregations Sometimes Face Awkward Calls

    Choosing a rabbi to lead a combined Reform-Conservative congregation can be tricky. Even more awkward is when a combined congregation that has been following Reform tradition for years hires a Conservative rabbi. One such newly hired Conservative rabbi said she was confronted with a b’nai mitzvah class filled with the children of non-Jewish mothers. Following… More ▸

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    The National Council of Jewish Women became the second major U.S. Jewish group to call for a withdrawal timetable from Iraq. “The financial cost of the war — estimated to be as high as $470 billion — has resulted in a mounting debt that takes its toll on critical human needs programs at home,” NCJW’s… More ▸

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    Israel’s ambassador to the United States said the Iranian threat is among the worst Israel has ever faced. In an address Friday to the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Sallai Meridor said that Israel has not faced such a danger since the Six-Day War in 1967. He said Iran can still… More ▸