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Judaism in America

Self-Discipline Is Way Overrated (Or: How I Stumbled Into Becoming a Rock Musician)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Not long after that Passover, my father offered my cousin $150 for the guitar and a small amp. The tools of great change had come, and my future now lay before me. And all of this came with no self-discipline whatsoever.

Keep Your Eyes Open and Dream (Vayera, Genesis (Genesis 18:1 -- 22:24)

Sara Hurwitz | Posted 12.18.2013 | Religion
Sara Hurwitz

In 2009, after eight years of studying Talmud, Jewish law, and other classical sources, I was ordained as a clergy person. This caused some controversy in the Jewish community, and though it may seem naive to say, it is a reaction I did not fully expect.

Rabbi's Message To Jews: Change Or Die

Posted 06.07.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between gene...

Jewish Federations Support Egalitarian Space At Western Wall

Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) The Jewish Federations of North America announced Monday (June 3) that its trustees had p...

Rabbis, Rabbis' Rabbis And Who Knows What Next?

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

Some say that the period of Judaism we are now in, its institutions and leaders, are on the verge of major transformation. Many of us don't see it coming.

Free Range Rabbi

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

In the weeks before I was ordained as a rabbi, my husband Peter asked: "What will you say when people ask you what kind of a rabbi you are?" What did he mean what kind? What was I supposed to say?

Hungry Jews In America? Kosher Food Pantries Report Growing Need

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.11.2013 | Religion

(RNS) As the director of a kosher food pantry outside Detroit, Lea Luger knows that some people have a hard time thinking that Jews anywhere in Americ...

Rift Between Oldest Synagogue, Jewish Congregation

AP | MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A disagreement over the ownership of a set of Torah finial bells from Colonial times that is worth millions has led to duelin...

Autistic Workers Find Refuge In Jewish Artist's Studio

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion

KENSINGTON, Md. (RNS) John Linder and Tim Welsh aren't Jewish, and probably don't understand the religious symbolism in the menorahs, mezuzahs and dre...

PHOTOS: Most And Least Jewish States In America

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 06.15.2012 | Religion

Click through the slideshow to see most and least Jewish states in America: A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, ...

Do These Amazing Jews Have 'Displaced Talmudic Energy?'

Jenna Weissman Joselit | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Jenna Weissman Joselit

When it comes to the modern American Jewish experience, change is the one constant. Just about the only thing that does not seem to have changed what appears to be the outsized participation of the Jews in the modern republic of arts and letters.

What Is Jewish Culture?

Jenna Weissman Joselit | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Jenna Weissman Joselit

As both a rallying cry and as a point of departure, Jewish culture, to paraphrase Claude Levi Strauss, is good to think with.

The Jewish American Gut-Check

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

A fascinating thing has transpired in the 63-year-old relationship between the Israeli Jewish population and their brethren in America. The latter have just realized their days are numbered.

Finding The Joys Of Jewish Community At Camp Ramah

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Something is happening at Camp Ramah and similar camps, I can report, that bears watching by our society as a whole. It can be summed up in three words: community still matters.

Celebrating 70 Years Since The Rebbe Arrived In America

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

My holiday is the 28th of Sivan, because that's the day 70 years ago we were given a chance for spiritual survival down here on the bottom half of the plane.

Jewish School Tuition Crisis: Parents Feeling 'Priced Out' Of Their Religion

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Jewish day schools aim to provide the very best possible education. But that the model is "unsustainable" in the long run. That is why many are seeking other solutions.

What If Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

American culture had definitively shifted away from the old stereotypes. Jews are no longer the Other. We are not strangers in a strange land.

The Forward 50: Right Wingers, Chelsea Clinton Included On Top Jews List

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Russian and right-wing Jews make a splash in this year's list of influential people compiled by The F...