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The Anne Frank Center USA and The Consulate General of the...

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Join us Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm at The Koubek Center at Miami Dade College for a panel discussion on immigration reform with Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, Deputy-Managing Director of...

(PRWeb March 13, 2015)

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Ten Students Begin Studies in Online Rabbinical School: Tenth class...

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The Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute (JSLI) Online Rabbinical School has matriculated its 10th class of rabbinical students. These students will receive their semicha, or certificate of ordination,...

(PRWeb March 11, 2015)

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JOSHUA NELSON & the Kosher Gospel Choir return for a Rockin'...

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 20:42

Joshua Nelson brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality through kosher gospel; a marriage of Jewish religious lyrics and meanings, with the soulful sounds of American gospel...

(PRWeb February 26, 2015)

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After Grave Desecration,Tunisian President Vows to Protect Jews

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:54

In the wake of the desecration of a Jewish sage’s grave, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi promised a European rabbinical body he would protect his country’s Jews.

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Western Wall Cleaned for Passover

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:20

Workers at the Western Wall removed the notes placed in the cracks by worshippers in advance of Passover.

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Turkey Unveils Great Synagogue as Jewish Community Fades

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:13

When the domes of Edirne’s abandoned Great Synagogue caved in, Rifat Mitrani, the town’s last Jew, knew it spelled the end of nearly two millennia of Jewish heritage in this Turkish town.

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Reform Leader Reiterates Unconditional Support for Israel

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 06:48
Rabbi Rick Jacobs: US-Israel relationship transcends partnership; reflects fundamental values and strategic priorities of both nations

Abdu’l Karim Ewing-Boyd Extended Interview

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00

Watch more of our interview with Abdu’l Karim Ewing-Boyd about the nineteen-day period of fasting leading up to the Baha’i new year.

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Florida Synagogue Defaced by Swastika Vandals

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:47

Vandals defaced a synagogue in Hollywood, Fla.

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Not Your Bubbe's Brooklyn

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:00

‘Brooklynite,’ a new superhero musical based on characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, has arrived. But is it a nuanced look at gentrification or a symptom of it?

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Reform Rabbis Name Denise Eger as First LGBT Chief

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 14:49

The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement, installed its first openly gay president, Rabbi Denise Eger.

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Copenhagen Girl Whose Bat Mitzvah Was Marred by Terror Is Feted in Israel

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 07:16

The bat mitzvah girl whose celebration in Copenhagen ended abruptly after the shooting death of a volunteer synagogue guard was feted in Israel.

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The Women Who Would Be King

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:00

Who will be impersonating Carole King in the musical ‘Beautiful’? Maht Wells went to find out — by gate-crashing the auditions in Chicago.

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Swastika Painted on Car of Dallas Rabbi

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 17:47

A large white swastika was spray-painted on the car of a Dallas rabbi who is being sued by the city over a synagogue he runs in his home.

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Peace Ring Formed Around Copenhagen Synagogue

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:00

More than 1,000 people formed a peace ring around a Copenhagen synagogue that came under deadly attack last month.

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Lessons of Crime and Punishment in New Square Yeshiva

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 06:00

As a young dad in the Skverer sect, Shulem Deen took the one job open to him: teacher. He was shocked to find that punishment was the bedrock of education at the New Square Yeshiva.

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey; Millennials and Religion

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:32

The humanitarian crisis mounts as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee war in Syria (Originally broadcast December 19, 2014); people under the age of 30 leave behind traditional religious affiliations but not necessarily religious beliefs (Originally broadcast November 7, 2014); Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, an international network of residential communities for people with developmental disabilities, wins the 2015 Templeton Prize (Originally broadcast May 26, 2006)

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New Director of Jewish Book Council Announced

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:00

The Forward has learned that Naomi Firestone-Teeter will be the new director of the Jewish Book Council.

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Lithuania Church Uses Jewish Headstones as Stairs

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 13:34

Lithuania’s chief rabbi urged the country’s Evangelical Reformed Church to remove Jewish headstones being used as stairs to a Vilnius church.

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Join Rabbis Organizing Rabbis at CCAR Convention

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:19

by Rabbi Rachel Timoner

“Who knows whether you have come to your position for such a time as this?”

Last week we told the story of Mordechai calling Esther to action for her people just days before our country commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama. We honored Esther and Mordechai, who risked their lives to rid their community of the injustice Haman intended to perpetrate, and then we honored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Joshua Heschel, John Lewis and many others who risked their lives to rid our country of the injustice perpetuated by structural racial inequality.

Mordechai called Esther to approach Achashverosh. Rev. Dr. MLK Jr called clergy to join him in Selma. Today, a new, yet familiar, call is sounding. We hear it echoing in newspaper articles and protests all across our country. We hear it in the absence of indictments for police officers at whose hands black men and boys’ lives were lost. We hear it in the statistics comparing the number of black men under some form of correctional control (1.7 million) to the number of black men who were enslaved in 1850 (870,000). Those of us attending CCAR convention will hear it in the words of Rev. William Barber II, who launched the Moral Movement in his home state of North Carolina, during his keynote address. What are we called to do? In his speech in Selma this past Shabbat, President Obama said:

“If we want to honor the courage of those who marched that day, then all of us are called to possess their moral imagination. All of us will need to feel, as they did, the fierce urgency of now. All of us need to recognize, as they did, that change depends on our actions, on our attitudes, the things we teach our children. And if we make such an effort, no matter how hard it may sometimes seem, laws can be passed, and consciences can be stirred, and consensus can be built.”

I want to honor the courage of Queen Esther and those who marched in Selma 50 years ago. I want to respond to the cries of outrage about the racial and economic inequality that plagues America to this day – cries from others and from my own heart. I want to heal and transform the structural inequalities that break on race and class lines in this country. I want to join with rabbinic colleagues to exercise our moral imagination, feel the urgency of now, and take action together.

At CCAR Convention next week, Rabbis Organizing Rabbis will begin harnessing the power of the Reform rabbinate to deepen and develop relationships across lines of race, class and faith to dismantle racial and economic inequality. Join me at the ROR workshop on Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to discuss structural inequality – how we as rabbis are affected by it, how rabbis across the country are working on it in their communities, and how we might address it together. Because, perhaps, we have come to our positions for such a time as this.