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Haredi Rabbis Outlaw Women-Only Zumba Classes

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

Haredi Rabbis Outlaw Women-Only Zumba Classes
Rabbis in an ultra-Orthodox settlement have come out publicly against the trendy Brazilian fitness dance known as Zumba.Read More


Jewish Writer Removed From Russian TV After Defending Gay Rights

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

Jewish Writer Removed From Russian TV After Defending Gay Rights
Reporter James Kirchik’s appearance on a Russian TV channel was cut short Wednesday, when instead of answering a question on Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, he spoke about Russia’s anti-gay legislation, The Washington Free Beacon website has reported.Read More


Israel Health Clinic Warn Women Wearing Slutty Religious Clothes to Stay Away

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

Israel Health Clinic Warn Women Wearing Slutty Religious Clothes to Stay Away
Warning signs have been posted on the building of two major health clinics in an ultra-Orthodox Beit Shemesh neighborhood, telling women who are dressed immodestly to stay away.Read More


Bar Refaeli Takes on Roger Waters in Israel Boycott Showdown

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

Bar Refaeli Takes on Roger Waters in Israel Boycott Showdown
It’s not every day that a supermodel takes on a rock legend. But Bar Refaeli laid down a challenge to Roger Waters after the veteran musician published an open letter to his colleagues urging them to boycott Israel.Read More






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    • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
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