Structuralist: Claude Lévi- Strauss redefined views of primitive society.

Lévi-Strauss: He Changed How We See Culture, but Ignored His Own

For Lévi-Strauss, as for other Jewish anthropologists, there was another dimension to being a cultural outsider: It drew them to a sympathetic view of simpler cultures, which most of their contemporaries viewed with disdain.

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Sanctuary: Rabbi Robin Nafshi with Monty, a resident at the Seer Farms animal shelter.

For Pets, a Temporary Shelter From the Storm

By founding the people-centered animal sanctuary Seer Farms, Reform rabbi Robin Nafshi is creating new avenues for animal-loving Jews to connect their faith with their furry friends.

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Family Silver: Plymouth Hebrew synagogue in England plans to auction its rare collection of religious ornaments, including the Torah finials and pointer above.

Synagogue Auctions Its Silver Judaica

The oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the English-speaking world, built in Plymouth, England, in 1762, plans to auction its rare collection of religious ornaments. It’s a move that has drawn criticism from a heritage group about the wisdom of selling the family silver.

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Fresh Start: Jerry Silverman is the new leader of the umbrella organization, now entering its 10th year.

Fiscal Challenges Face Federations

The umbrella organization for Jewish community federations seems to have the stars aligned for a fresh start: a new name, a bright logo and an A-list lineup of speakers, including President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at its annual General Assembly, which will take place in Washington from November 8-10.

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On Campus, a Divide Over ‘Pro-Israel’

When an Israeli student at Carleton College complained that the school’s Jewish organization had made no official statement recognizing Israel’s right to exist, Jewish student leaders at the small liberal arts school in Minnesota found themselves stuck between two poles. They wanted to make the Israeli student feel comfortable, but they didn’t want didn’t want to alienate community members by presenting them with deep misgivings about the Jewish state.

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