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Netanyahu Speech Creates Rift Among Jews

USA Today | William M. Welch | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jewish leaders and activists are worried about widening political divisions between Israel and the White House sparked by Is...

New Report Says Anti-Semitism Is A Big Problem At American College Campuses

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) A student group in South Africa this month called on all Jews to leave the Durban University of Technology, an act of anti-Semitism t...

Where Are The Queer Spaces For Jewish Women?

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

Even though the West Village offers "lesbian nights" on Fridays in hallowed locales like the Stonewall Inn and the Monster Bar NYC, it's a far cry from the dozens of spaces and nights for gay men spackled across the Five Boroughs.

Dear Congress, Please #SkipTheSpeech

Naomi Dann | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

The unprecedented backlash against Netanyahu's upcoming speech demonstrates what may be a historic moment in the history of U.S./Israeli relations. This moment is also significant in that it demonstrates the growing rift between the American Jewish community and Israel, a rift that Netanyahu has helped to accelerate.

What an American Jew Really Thinks of Netanyahu, Israel and Religion

Stu Kreisman | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Stu Kreisman

Over the past few weeks I have been called anti-Semitic, a Nazi lover, a self-hating Jew, a disgrace to "my people" and worse, all because I despise the war mongering, self-promoting Netanyahu and his policy of continuing to build settlements.

The Jewish Day School Discussion: Take Two

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

It's damn expensive to send multiple kids to Jewish day schools. It's expensive to send just one. Jews still feel like they are being priced out of their religion, but there's a sliver of hope -- schools that employ blended learning that charge $9,000 tuition per child as opposed to the standard $15,000-$18,000

Why Jews Go to Florida

Chef Rossi | Posted 01.07.2015 | Comedy
Chef Rossi

"Why do Jews go to Florida?" I asked my mother as we were driving to Florida from New Jersey. "Because we're smart!" she answered.

Movies and Chinese Food: The Jewish Christmas Tradition

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 12.05.2014 | Entertainment
Isaac Zablocki

There is an old Talmudic debate about whether one should eat Chinese food on Christmas after going to a movie, or before. After centuries of rabbinic contemplation, the jury is still out. But it is clear that movie watching is a crucial activity for Jews on the birthday of Jesus.

A Jewish Perspective on Giving Tuesday

Seth Moskowitz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Seth Moskowitz

Judaism directs us to always look beyond our own selves to "K'lal Yisrael," to the greater good of the entire community.

Jewish Millennials and Co.

Martin Marty | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Relying on a variety of polls that use a variety of methods and definitions, and, always ready to point to a few counter-trends, we've reported on those who track the religious or irreligious young through various cohorts or with various religious identities.

Why Don't Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife? Are They Missing Something?

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

As a professor who studies attitudes toward death among a wide populace, I ask myself, "Are my Jewish friends in denial?" After all, if death really is our destination, then we cease to exist when we die.

Peter Mehlman's Seinfeld-esque Novel is a Fun Read

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Yes, it's absurd and will unquestionably cause some eye rolling to occur, but his ability to tease out the everyday silliness of humanity is dead on.

How Not to Court the Jewish Vote

Stosh Cotler | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Stosh Cotler

Too often, politicians operate on the mistaken assumption that the only issue that matters to America's Jewish voters at the polls is Israel.

15 Problems You'll Only Understand If You're a Jew Who Doesn't 'Look Jewish'

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Sarah Gladstone

Once you're in, you're in, but the idea of having to "prove" something about a fundamental part of who you are, just because you don't have the "right look," seems absurd. Not all Jews are white with curly brown hair, OK? That's never been the way it was and it never will be.

Answering the Pew

Dan Ross | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Dan Ross

Our current data is of course limited by survey's methods, which were good at collecting the information that we thought we wanted, like intermarriage rates and the ascendance of "Jews of no religion."

Breaking the Jewish Taboo on Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Lev Raphael

This is Banned Books Week and though I've never had any of my twenty-five books banned, one of my books was sidelined in an insidious way that amounte...

Reckless Policies, Dire Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu-led government's announcement of its decision to annex nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank between the Etzion settlement block and Jerusalem amounts to nothing less than a reckless and offensive act that only further undermines Israel's moral international standing and has dire future consequences.

What Being 'Pro-Israel' Should Mean

Abraham Gutman | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Abraham Gutman

This label insinuates that their primary concern is reaching the best outcome for the state of Israel. The irony is that sometimes the most so-called "Pro-Israel" people are those who are advocating for policies that hurt Israel.

Understanding the Other Side of Our Birth Right

Jai Retter | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Jai Retter

What I learned from my experiences in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is that identifying as an American Jew is not a disqualifying pre-requisite for being pro-Palestine, pro-peace, and pro-Israel all at the same time, but ignorance is.

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Represents the Best in Jewish American Thought And True Support for Israel

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Media
H. A. Goodman

Comedy is a natural antidote for euphemistic, political jargon aimed at stifling debate and far too many people in the Jewish community today confuse criticism with malicious intent. Stewart's recent Daily Show segment highlights the sad reality faced by many in the American Jewish community.

Israel's War on Gaza: American Jews Must Speak Out

Bob Herbst | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Herbst

We know in our hearts that these largely ineffectual weapons do not justify bombing and shelling cafes, beaches, mosques, schools, shelters and homes containing large families, knowing that thousands of innocent civilians will be killed and wounded.

5 Simple Ways You Can Help Create Peace in Gaza and Israel

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Living far away, it's often hard to know where to start or how to help. So, I began asking people with experience in the region and have identified five simple actions you can take today to support peace for people in Gaza and Israel.

Not Interfaith Marriage, Two-Faith Marriage

Abraham Gutman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Abraham Gutman

Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.

Yes, I'm a Black Jew. Why Do People Always Want to Talk to Me About It?

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Gladstone

People always want to talk to me about being black. Or Jewish. Or black and Jewish. Or when they hear me talk about my racial identity, they want to share their own racial experiences. I know that in a lot of ways, I am a cultural and ethnic enigma. But in all honesty, it can get old.

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

Roz Warren | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Food writer and self-proclaimed "knish scholar" Laura Silver has written a history of the iconic potato pie she calls "the Jewish soul food," just in time for International Knish Week, which begins on May 5th.