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  • On Israel Visit, U.S. Jewish Leaders Quiz Parties on Hamas, Withdrawals

    In a crowded hotel conference room, American Jewish leaders lined up to ask questions of the new faces leading the Labor Party. They wanted to know the party’s positions on Hamas, religious pluralism and civil marriage. Among the questions was one that has become something of a theme of the group’s pre-election visit, as they… More ▸

  • European Jewish Leaders Confront Questions of Apathy, Intermarriage

    Hans Vuijsje, general director of the Jewish Social Work Foundation in the Netherlands, is worried that the nursing home he runs is suffering from schizophrenia. “We don’t have enough Jews so we fill the home with non-Jews,” he says regretfully. “It’s a matter of money. In fairness, we have to have a Christmas tree for… More ▸

  • Russian American Jews Pledge to Help Their Brethren Serving in Israel

    Swapping stories in Russian, sharing smiles and posing for photographs, the American visitors in suits and ties connect with Israeli soldiers in uniform. The first-ever leadership mission of Russian American Jews traveled though Israel last week meeting with immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Their special focus was on getting to know soldiers who immigrated… More ▸

  • New Conservative Initiative Reaches out to the Intermarried

    The Conservative movement needs to go beyond opening its doors to intermarried families and begin working actively to integrate them fully into congregational life, while continually suggesting to the non-Jews in those families that they consider conversion. That’s the crux of a new keruv, or outreach, initiative presented Tuesday evening at the United Synagogue of… More ▸

  • At Biennial, Conservative Jews Look to Recapture Place in the Sun

    How should Conservative Judaism cope with dwindling membership, growing intermarriage rates and society’s increasing religious and political polarity, while remaining true to its base in halachah, or Jewish law? Those are some of the vexing questions the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism will tackle when it convenes Sunday in Boston for its four-day biennial. There… More ▸