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    A New Orleans girl is raising money for local police to buy guard dogs as she studies for her Bat Mitzvah money. Bonnie O’Donnell, who chose the social justice project because of her love for canines, has raised more than $5,200 for the crime-fighting dogs. More ▸

  • Support During Bosnian War Helps Woman Come to Israel, Convert

    Life boiled down to one egg for Sarah Pechanac. Shortly after war erupted in Sarajevo in the early 1990s, her family’s home was wrecked in a bombing that forced them into communal quarters underground. Hope came in the form of a single egg — a piece of charity dispensed from Jewish communities to the general… More ▸

  • Germany’s Liberal Jewish Community Celebrates Anniversary, Acceptance

    The anniversary of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in the city where it held its first congress 75 years ago, is being seen as evidence that liberal Judaism has earned a place at the table in Germany’s traditional Jewish community. The four-day Berlin conference, which began on July 10 with an event in the… More ▸

  • Passover Feature Different Season, Same Holiday: It’s Passover Down Under, Mate

    Because Australia is situated below the equator, its seasons rebel against the Jewish calendar. Our winter is their summer; our spring their fall. Although Passover’s rituals and symbols resonate spring, Down Under the holiday is celebrated in autumn Down Under. “Passover begins just as the temperature drops, days grow shorter, and grapevines lose their leaves,”… More ▸

  • Reform Movement Accepts Transgendered Rabbinical Student

    The Reform movement’s rabbinical seminary has accepted a transgendered person, paving the way for what is believed would be the first ordination of a rabbi to have switched genders. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati confirmed this week that it accepted a male rabbinical school applicant who used to be a woman…. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Detective Writer Explores Holocaust As Way to Deal with Her Family’s Past

    Fans of Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski detective novels are used to following Vic, the hard-edged but soft-hearted Chicago private investigator, unravel interlocking stories of white collar crime and corruption. While there’s plenty of crime and corruption in “Total Recall,” the V.I. Warshawski novel recently released in paperback, there’s also something new: the story of Lotty… More ▸

  • In Modern Orthodox Circles, Idea of Female Torah Readers Catching on

    For most of her 88 years, Eva Oles has struggled to square her Orthodoxy and her feminism. "I want to prove and show that halachah," or Jewish law, "is humane," and stretch it to empower women, Oles said through tears that reflected a life of spiritual turmoil. Oles finally can consider herself validated as a… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Conservative Inroads in Polish City Spark Concerns of Orthodox Leaders

    The recent Bat Mitzvah ceremony for two girls here marked a watershed for the second largest Jewish community in Poland. But the Conservative ceremony came amid controversy surrounding the non-Orthodox conversion of a group of Wroclaw Jews just before Yom Kippur. The controversy was part of an increasingly open conflict between community members embracing non-Orthodox… More ▸