Sholom Rubashkin won’t officially receive his sentence until tomorrow, but according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, he will be receiving 27 years in a federal penitentiary without parole. That is two years more than federal prosecutors requested.
In an address at the recent board meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie outlined in stark terms some of the greatest challenges facing the organization he has led for the past 14 years. Yoffie spoke of a Reform youth movement that is struggling, and of severe difficulties keeping young Jews involved.
Jewish groups, working with congressional leaders, are pressing to designate one of the main organizers of the humanitarian flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a terrorist group.
You know you’ve arrived in Sderot because you turn from the dusty highway onto a city street bordered by a thin roadside park with new decorations and beautifully manicured lawns. Three years ago this park was a dump, but donations from Jewish National Fund groups — like the one holding a ceremony in the park, under a tasteful canopy that protects participants from the blazing sun — have transformed the approach to the city. And, after mostly ignoring it for 50 years, everyone’s arriving in Sderot.
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