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After a divisive refusal to admit the dovish J Street, the Presidents Conference is taking tentatives steps toward reform. Will it be enough to satisfy critics?


Reb Zalman Married Counter Culture to Hasidic Judaism

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the important Jewish innovators in postwar America, inspiration to a generation and ecumenical spiritualist, has died at 89.


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Reb Zalman’s remarkable life included his turn to Hasidism and five decades of innovation in the Jewish Renewal movement. His memory is already a blessing, writes Jay Michaelson.


Ukraine Jewish Group Loses Funding Over Russia Criticism

An organization representing Russian-speaking Jews cut funding for its Kiev office because of the office head’s criticism of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Elite Israel Army Unit Puts on $438K Show for New York Donor's Bar Mitzvah Boy Son

Members of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite counterterrorism units performed drills at a party for a wealthy New York donor whose son is celebrating his bar mitzvah.

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