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Obama: Israelis Should Soul-Search About Making Peace

President Obama reportedly urged Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel’s seriousness about making peace.

Singer Debbie Friedman Is Hospitalized

Songwriter Debbie Friedman has been hospitalized in Orange County, Calif.

RCA Conference To Address 'Rabba' and Women’s Leadership

With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women’s leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbinical conference is expected to draw its largest crowd in years.

Pro-Israel Groups Rally on College Campuses for Apartheid Week

At universities across the globe, the annual springtime ritual known as Israel Apartheid Week is kicking off this week, and Jewish students and pro-Israel groups have been readying themselves to respond in force.

Four Years On, Many Gaza Evacuees Are Without Permanent Homes

More than four years after her family was ejected from their home in the Gaza Strip, Karen Sarfaty lives with her husband and four of their children in a small pre-fab house in this small town located about midway between the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod.

Gary Tobin, Researcher and Advocate of Communal Inclusion, Dies at 59

Gary Tobin, a prominent Jewish researcher who challenged conventional Jewish wisdom, has died.

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Raises His Profile in America

Most of what you need to know about Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the British commonwealth, is apparent from the story he tells of how his latest book, “The Home We Build Together,” came to be.

U.S. Officials: Israel Struck Convoy in Sudan

Anonymous U.S. officials told the New York Times that Israeli warplanes attacked a convoy in Sudan believed to be smuggling arms to Gaza in January.

In Response to Economic Downturn, Reform Movement Plans Reorganization

The Reform movement has approved a reorganization plan. At a special meeting Sunday night, the board of trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism voted to reconfigure the organization and help congregations coping with a bleak economic landscape.

Jewish Groups Prepare for Rare Blessing of the Sun

Jews across the denominational spectrum are gearing up to bless the sun — a ritual known as Birkat Hachamah, which takes place every 28 years. The sun prayer will be said, as it will several times in the 21st century, on April 8, which this year falls on the eve of Passover.