WASHINGTON (JTA) – Fraught record on issues of race and anti-Semitism? Check. Much-hyped meeting to get Benjamin Netanyahu’s hechsher? Check. Stirring speech at AIPAC to quiet the naysayers? Check. Jewish validators galore? Check. Administration top-loaded with Jewish staffers? Check. Welcome to Inauguration Day 2009. President-elect Barack Obama walked into the White House eight years ago…24
Donald Trump has enlisted a diverse lineup of six clergy to pray him into office at his upcoming inauguration ceremony. Three draw on Jewish ritual objects and ideas in their practices, like Torah and prayer shawls — but only clergy member is actually a Jew.54
Democrats are hoping to defeat at least one of the president-elect’s choices for the Cabinet, and Mnuchin could be at the top of the list.
Known to friends as “Big Ben,” Savyon Zabar managed two Chelsea clubs, the Escuelita and XL.
A small revolution has taken place in the religious leadership roles being taken by Orthodox Jewish women. But there’s still plenty of work to do.
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