Unlikely Coupling: From left, HaBanot Nechama members Karolina, Dana Adini and Yael Decklebaum.

Five Questions for HaBanot Nechama

The Israeli female band HaBanot Nechama (Comfort Girls) became a household name in Israel with its first, self-titled album, which went platinum within a month of its release. The trio’s music blends folk, reggae and soul music; three solo careers; two languages, and a variety of instruments to create a unique sound that has garnered critical acclaim.

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Romance blooms: ?The Simpsons? Krusty the Clown marries his non-Jewish co-host.

‘The Simpsons’ Tackle Jewish Intermarriage

Twenty seasons, 450 episodes, 23 Emmy Awards — and it all led up to a story line about Jewish intermarriage.

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Abuse: Rabbi Yaakov Weiss, son-in-law of Sholom Rubashkin, prays while awaiting an appearance in an Albany police court.

Rubashkin Kin Guilty in Sex Case

A son-in-law of Sholom Rubashkin, the kosher meat mogul convicted of financial fraud in November, has pleaded guilty to child endangerment in a case related to the sexual molestation of a 13-year-old boy at a mikveh. Under a plea bargain agreement, he faces up to 60 days in jail.

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Forward, Haaretz Announce New Partnership

Later this month, The Forward will launch a partnership with the English edition of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Beginning January 24, a special four-page edition of the Forward will be inserted in Haaretz’s Sunday editions.

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Conservatives Protest Israel's Treatment of Women of the Wall

The Israeli police’s recent interrogation of Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman and member Nofrat Frenkel “opens a new and ominous chapter in intra-Jewish relations,” The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism declared in a sharply worded statement released January 11.

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