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

28 min 42 sec ago

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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Press Invitation: The Merchant of Venice Presented by Elements Theatre...

1 hour 32 min ago

Educational touring program features religious leaders, artists, and scholars discussing the impact of persecution and bigotry on “The Other” as it relates to prejudice, injustice and assimilation.

(PRWeb February 04, 2015)

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Elements Theatre Company Brings "Pound of Flesh" Touring...

4 hours 54 min ago

Educational Touring Program Features Religious Leaders, Artists, and Scholars Discussing the Impact of Persecution and Bigotry on "The Other" as it Relates to Prejudice, Injustice and...

(PRWeb January 29, 2015)

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Anne Frank Replica House Teaches Holocaust Lesson

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 06:43

The Netherlands’ education minister attended the first lesson in a program which teaches school children about the Holocaust in a replica of the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.

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Cheating Hasids Out of a Future

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:00

A lawsuit in Canada offers a blueprint to reforming the substandard education provided in Hasidic communities. It holds the government accountable for allowing the outrage.

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Education, Action, and Advocacy at NFTY Convention 2015!

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:00

Last week I joined the Religious Action Center’s programming team at NFTY Convention 2015 in Atlanta, GA to help lead a social justice track.

The students in our track participated in two days of activities, first together focusing broadly on the impact of combining education, action, and advocacy in a campaign, and then splitting up to more intensively study Jewish values and political realities of the fight for funding anti-Malaria nets in Africa, economic inequality in the United States and the obstacles facing people around the world in both adapting to and mitigating the causes of climate change. The teens in our programs grappled with the relationship between Jewish text and contemporary political issues and learned about vulnerable communities both abroad and in North America. Finally, they were asked to propose, if not solutions, than at least plans, to raise awareness, take action around and advocate for change on one of the three issues that we had discussed.

We speak often of the importance of passing down our tradition l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation. When we talk about climate change we restate that cornerstone of our values in relation to passing down a heritable earth in the face of climate disruption and environmental degradation. This is the generation that has been shown time and again to care the most about climate change, according to studies, in large part because they will be the most effected by rising ocean levels, increased droughts and decreased biodiversity. During the NFTY social justice track we were able to both pass down our Jewish tradition and our legacy of environmental advocacy to a group of passionate high school students enthusiastic about making a difference for their generation.

In this way, our work with teens is some of the most important work we do at the RAC. While our coalitions, our visits to congressional offices and briefings are incredibly important here in Washington, D.C. to directly effecting a specific piece of legislation, it’s our face-to-face moments, our discussion groups and high school programs that have the most visible impact on the people in our Movement. These teens are the people that will ensure – in their communities, their high schools, colleges and into their adult lives—that the Jewish obligations to pursue justice and care for our earth are carried forward.

If you’re interested in using one of the programs we ran during NFTY Convention in your community, check out rac.org/nfty for the materials we used.

New York City Changes Policy on Controversial Circumcision Rite

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:00

New York City mohels suspected of infecting babies with herpes during a controversial circumcision rite will have to undergo DNA testing, according to a tentative agreement announced today between the city and ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Kisses Ring of Skver Rebbe David Twersky

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:58

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to literally kiss the hand of a controversial Hasidic leader last night at the rabbi’s son’s wedding in upstate New York.

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Copenhagen Rejects Muslim 'Peace Ring' at Terror Synagogue

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:39

Copenhagen police denied a request by Danish Muslims to create a peace ring around a city synagogue that came under a deadly attack.

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Boston’s Vilna Shul Connects Present With the Past

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:00

A defunct synagogue in Boston tries to revive its community — by finding the descendants of its founding members who immigrated from Lithuania. Does it have a ghost of a chance?

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Learning To Embrace the Hybrid Jew

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 14:50

Other religions offer spiritual practices that Judaism lacks —  so why not adopt multiple traditions simultaneously? Jay Michaelson argues that being a hybrid Jew is an opportunity, not a problem.

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Online Rabbinical School Celebrates a New Class of Graduates: Eighth...

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:54

The Jewish Spiritual Leadership Institute (JSLI) Online Rabbinical School conducted its eighth ordination Saturday night at a ceremony in Delray Beach, FL. Eleven new rabbis will now begin their...

(PRWeb January 21, 2015)

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Elements Theatre Company Brings "Pound of Flesh" Touring...

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:54

Educational Touring Program Features Religious Leaders, Artists, and Scholars Discussing the Impact of Persecution and Bigotry on “The Other” as It Relates to Prejudice, Injustice and Assimilation

(PRWeb January 20, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Elements_theatre2015/Chicago_Merchant_Venice/prweb12459621.htm

Sephardic Leader Calls 'Hatikvah' a 'Stupid Song'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:46

The spiritual leader of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party said at a party convention that “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, “is a stupid song.”

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Sephardic Leader Calls 'Hatikvah' a 'Stupid Song'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:41

The spiritual leader of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party said at a party convention that “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, “is a stupid song.”

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Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Kosher Stamp of Approval

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:00

Want to get high with your rabbi’s approval? Marijuana may soon come with a kosher stamp — but probably just for medical purposes, not your average stoner.

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Vandals Torch Grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov's Daughter

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 17:17

The grave of a daughter of the Breslover movement’s founder, Rabbi Nachman, was set on fire and daubed with a swastika.

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Polish Culture Ministry Rejects Request To Renovate Historic Synagogue

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:42

The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has turned down a request to support the renovation of a historic synagogue in Przysucha in southern Poland.

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Sydney Chabad Rabbi Stripped of Post Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:32

A senior Chabad rabbi was delisted as an emissary from the New York-based organization as the fallout continues from Australia’s Royal Commission into the child sex abuse scandal.

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Oslo Synagogue ‘Peace Ring’ Marred by Organizer’s Anti-Jewish Statements

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:07

Several hundred people gathered at a Norwegian synagogue to support Jews at an event which drew praise but also criticism because of an organizer’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish statements.

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