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.

‘The Simpsons’ Tackle Jewish Intermarriage

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

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.

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.

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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