Nacha Cattan


Bridging Brooklyn’s Jewish Divide

By Nacha Cattan

Occasionally, I walk out of my present apartment and come face to face with my past. She’s wearing a long skirt and an I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-natural wig. If she’s a childhood friend, we probably chat politely about her kids and my job as a journalist. If I’m wearing pants, she’ll try not to look down (even if herRead More


Sports

By Nacha Cattan

Pittsburgh may have been roundly beaten in a season-ending game of college basketball last week, but in the more hidebound world of Jewish organizational life, the city scored a stunning victory.Howard Rieger, 61, a longtime Jewish charity leader and top professional at the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has been nominatedRead More


Groups Say Ban on Gay Vows Breaches Religious Freedom

By Nacha Cattan

In an unusual move, a local prosecutor’s effort to stop ministers from performing same-sex marriages is drawing fire from Jewish civil rights agencies not only on grounds of privacy or gay rights, but also of religious freedom.Officials with the American Jewish Congress and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism charge that the districtRead More


Activist Rabbi Group Ramps Up Efforts

By Nacha Cattan

Rabbis for Human Rights, a multi-denominational international group, is ramping up efforts to clear its Israeli executive director of charges for attempting to block the demolition of Palestinian homes.The group is running an advertising campaign in North American Jewish newspapers calling on Israel to rescind its “illegal and immoral”Read More


Reform Rabbis Seek To Revive Food Laws

By Nacha Cattan

More than a century after the founders of Reform Judaism rejected kosher dietary laws as outdated practices likely to “obstruct” modern spiritual development, a growing cadre of the movement’s religious leaders are seeking to revive the practice.Discussion about resurrecting the observance of kosher laws, or kashrut, dominated the latestRead More






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