Study Kicks Off Gay Outreach Effort

Three-quarters of the rabbis who responded to an unprecedented new survey on diversity said they thought their congregations already do a “good to excellent” job of welcoming gay Jews. But for the gay Jewish advocacy group that undertook the survey, that’s precisely the problem.

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Just Keep smiling: So far, Kadima?s Tzipi Livni, left, has balked at backing Likud?s Benjamin Netanyahu, right, in a unity government.

Coalition Negotiations Risky for Netanyahu

When it comes to assembling a governing coalition, the last thing Israel Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu wants to see is history repeating itself.

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Wiesenthal Center Facing Opposition on Two Continents

Over more than three decades, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has cultivated a reputation for tracking down Nazi war criminals, speaking out against antisemitism and teaching tolerance. Now, its plans to move forward with two massive building projects, in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, are sparking a barrage of criticism that the center is acting insensitively — just the type of accusation that could tarnish its carefully constructed image.

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Attacks Rise: Police take away a suspect in the desecration of a Venezuelan synagogue, one of many incidents that has raised concern about the increase in antisemitism around the globe.

A New Debate on Where Antisemitism Comes From

Responding to mounting signs of a resurgence of aggressive antisemitism in Europe and elsewhere, the British government recently hosted an unusual gathering to discuss ways of fighting the threat. Known as the London Conference on Combating Antisemitism, the mid-February gathering brought together 125 members of parliaments from 40 nations for two days of emotional calls to action, along with scholarly analyses of what speakers called “the new antisemitism.”

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In Tune: Sarah Aroeste and Roberto Rodriguez are co-founders of the Cuban-Jewish Music Project.

Notes to Cuba: A Musical Project

When Ladino-rock musician Sarah Aroeste visited Santa Clara, Cuba, on a recent humanitarian trip with B’nai B’rith International, she was surprised to find that while the 25-member strong Jewish community had a huge Holocaust memorial to commemorate those who died, it had only one CD of Jewish music to celebrate the living. She was also surprised that young Jews came up to her after the shows she performed with Cuban-American musician Roberto Rodriguez and asked, “How do we learn this music?”

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