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  • Greg LeMond joins memorial bicycle tour from Auschwitz to Krakow

    KRAKOW, Poland (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Wearing a kippah under his bicycle helmet and a tallit beneath his jersey, Rabbi Michael Schudrich was sore and hungry after an “intense but wonderful” 55-mile bike ride from the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to this city’s JCC. Schudrich, 63, said the…

  • Orthodox-trained rabbi makes history as head of a mostly Christian theology center

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Breaking religious barriers is nothing new for Rabbi Daniel Lehmann. Ordained at New York’s Yeshiva University, the flagship of Modern Orthodoxy, he most recently was president of Hebrew College near Boston, which is devoted to pluralistic Jewish education. During his tenure, Hebrew College…

  • The anti-Semite running for Senate in California opens up to a Jewish newspaper

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Patrick Little is more than an hour into an anti-Jewish tirade that doubles as the centerpiece of his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein when he issues a blunt warning. “The longer the Jews try to hold onto power in a country…

  • Officials spot ‘miracles’ amid ashes of Jewish camp in Northern California

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Administrators of a Jewish summer camp destroyed by a wildfire in Northern California toured the site for the first time, finding “miracles” amid the devastation. Although most of Camp Newman’s buildings were lost in the North Bay Area wildfires, camp officials said an…

  • Alan Dershowitz says UC Berkeley talk back on after law school invite

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said he will speak at the University of California, Berkeley, in two weeks thanks to invitation from the university’s law school that allows him to bypass a campus rule requiring eight weeks notice for such a speech. Dershowitz said in a…

  • UC Berkeley blocks pro-Israel talk by Alan Dershowitz, citing rules on advance notice

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A speech by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz at the University of California, Berkeley, may be blocked because organizers did not give campus police the required eight-week notice for the event. Dershowitz’s lecture, tentatively titled “The Liberal Case for Israel,” is planned for Oct. 10….

  • This iconic San Francisco synagogue is no longer ‘just’ for LGBT Jews

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco, Rabbi Mychal Copeland leads Shabbat services with a rainbow tallit around her shoulders. The synagogue newsletter is called “The Jewish Gaily Forward.” But the shul, which since its 1977 founding has been known as San Francisco’s…

  • These Jewish high school students are performing at the world’s largest arts festival

    (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Fifteen thespians from San Francisco’s Jewish high school have taken their original play to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The students arrived in the United Kingdom this week and will be performing the show, “Alice and the Black Hole Blues,” at the world’s largest arts festival…

  • Trump’s Hebrew translator lets the president’s words speak for themselves

    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A San Francisco teacher hired to translate into Hebrew President Trump’s “not very eloquent” (as she puts it) speeches last week in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem said she isn’t proud to be working for this administration and promised “my students get preference, especially over…

  • Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

    SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, against its former president and current board member, Tad Taube. And while the suit centers on the allocation of foundation grants and a…