Pluralistic? Birthright seeks out Jews from all walks of life for its trips to Israel. But some alumni of Birthright?s New York post-trip program have reported pressure to become Orthodox.

Birthright Alumni Center Tied to Haredi Outreach Group

Many of the young people who pass through the Jewish Enrichment Center in Lower Manhattan view it with great affection. It is often the first time they have come in contact with a Judaism that is engaging and accessible. The rabbis responsible for the center’s educational and religious programs are charismatic and approachable people who, participants say, have had a large impact on their lives.

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Persona non Grata: Ben-Gurion University politics department chairman Neve Gordon has been under fire from his school?s administration since calling for a boycott of Israel.

Ben-Gurion U. Debates Cost of Academic Freedom

An Israeli academic’s call for an international boycott of Israel has set off threats of donations being withheld from his university and sparked a fierce debate over academic freedom.

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Grover in the Holy Land: The fuzzy, blue ?Sesame Street? character, Grover is in Israel to take part in TV shows that are attempting to get preschoolers there hooked on the message of Israeli-Arab coexistence

Hey Grover, Can You Tell Me How To Get to Rechov Sumsum?

Many a riot has erupted on the first Friday of Ramadan, and as usual, Jerusalem’s Old City was on a knife-edge this year. But there, weaving through a crowd of police officers, was a familiar, furry blue Muppet with a pink nose and his young tour guide.

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Making Comparisons: A Lyndon LaRouche follower who said that President Obama?s health care plans amounted to a ?Nazi policy? was compared by Rep. Barney Frank to ?a dining room table.?

Fringe Group Pushes ‘Nazi’ Analogy

When Rep. Barney Frank was asked by a woman at a health care town hall meeting, “Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy?” the Massachusetts Democrat had a ready reply. “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” he shot back at the questioner, who was toting one of the now-infamous Obama-as-Hitler posters. Frank explained that he would not discuss the issue with her, since it would be like “trying to argue with a dining room table.”

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Effi Kivelevitz

I Vant To Pump You Up

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former weightlifter, once said this about body fat and exercise: “It’s simple. If it jiggles, it’s fat.”

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