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  • Cynthia Mckinney, Critic of Israel, Wins Democratic Primary in Georgia

    Cynthia McKinney is one step closer to returning to Congress. The former Georgia lawmaker, who has been targeted by Jewish donors in the past because she is perceived as anti-Israel, surprised many by avoiding a runoff and winning outright Tuesday’s six-person Democratic primary for her old seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jewish donors,… More ▸

  • Reform Jews in Germany Closer to Earning a Place at the Table

    After years of bitter fighting among Jews, the Reform movement is regaining an official place in the landscape of German Jewry. The Central Council of Jews in Germany has taken its first steps to welcome congregations affiliated with the Union for Progressive Judaism in Germany, Germany’s Reform group, under its umbrella. Council board member Dieter… More ▸

  • For Jewish Governor of Hawaii, Going to Israel Feels Like Coming Home

    The governor of Hawaii noticed something familiar when she stepped onto Israeli soil for the first time last month. “We’re both isolated,” said Linda Lingle, the Jewish Republican governor of the Aloha State. “We’re isolated by water; they’re isolated by unfriendly neighbors.” Beyond that similarity, both states have economies that are highly dependent on tourism… More ▸

  • In a First, Orthodox Shul Hires Woman to Rule on Certain Jewish Legal Issues

    For centuries, observant Jewish women had to go to the only religious authorities available, male rabbis, when they had questions about perhaps the most intimate of issues: their sex lives. But now there is a female Orthodox legal expert on American soil trained to respond to women’s issues such as mikvah, menstrual cycles and couples’… More ▸

  • With His Eye on Jewish Unity, ‘disco Rabbi’ Wins Israel Prize

    In a country wracked by religious-secular tension, it’s not often that the country’s political and intellectual establishment awards Israel’s highest prize to a fervently Orthodox rabbi who has made a career of saving Jewish souls. Then again, Yitzchak Dovid Grossman is not your average rabbi. A sixth-generation Jerusalemite born to a prestigious Chasidic family, Grossman… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Some 100 Christians and several Jewish leaders attended a joint Passover seder in Rio de Janeiro. The April 1 seder was held in Rio’s largest synagogue and led by Brazil’s only woman rabbi. Rabbi Sandra Kochmann, the assistant spiritual leader of the 1,000-family Reform temple ARI, discussed the meaning of Passover and each of the… More ▸

  • By Taking Aim at Hamas, Sharon Hopes to Boost Palestinian Authority

    No one believes Israel is a safer place just after the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, leader of the terrorist group Hamas. The question is whether the assassination and continued Israeli pressure on Hamas will contribute to stability over time. In targeting Yassin, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had clear political goals. He says he… More ▸

  • Obituary Samuel Lerer, an American Rabbi Who Converted Mexicans, Dies at 89

    Rabbi Samuel Lerer, who some say converted more people to Judaism than anyone in the past two centuries, has died at age 89. Lerer, who had retired to San Antonio, Texas, lived in Mexico City from 1968 to 1999 while leading English-language Beth Israel Community Center in the capital. He died peacefully on Feb. 5…. More ▸