New Leader: Rabbi Alysa Stanton speaks with congregants at Bayt Shalom, where she recently took over as the head rabbi.

Shalom Y’all: New Rabbi Lights Up Southern Town

After her historic ordination and the swarm of press coverage it triggered, mainstream Judaism’s first black woman rabbi, Alysa Stanton, settles into her new role, leading a small congregation in Greenville, N.C

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Visa Issues Lead to a Shortage of Religious Staffers

A pathway used by many Jewish institutions to bring foreign religious and educational workers into the United States is tightening due to increased scrutiny from immigration authorities.

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At Reform Biennial, Yoffie Pushes For Jewish Eating

When Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, delivers his Saturday-morning sermon at the group’s biennial conference, he sets the movement’s priorities for the coming two years. His message in Toronto this month was: Let’s eat like Jews.

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Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Knows What It?s Like

His years as a closeted gay man gave actor Ian McKellen an understanding, he says, of Jews who hid during the Holocaust.

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More Flack: Seth MacFarlane, left, and Alex Borstein perform during a Fox show.

MacFarlane?s Not-So-Funny Jew Joke

The animated sitcom ?Family Guy? isn?t exactly high art. The Sunday night, 30-minute program, which airs on the Fox television network, is filled with off-color jokes. Nonetheless, many fans were disappointed when the show?s creator, Seth MacFarlane, took things to a new extreme November 8 during a variety special titled ??Family Guy? Presents: Seth and Alex?s Almost Live Comedy Show.?

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