While major Jewish groups have publicly condemned the violence perpetrated by West Bank settlers against Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Hebron this month, the main voice of American Jewry has remained silent.
In the Orthodox world, the arguments over kosher ritual, Jewish ethics and beleaguered kosher meat giant Agriprocessors have led to boycotts, name-calling and cries for investigations. But a recent evening at Yeshiva University featured a new element for the Orthodox world: an actual public debate.
Following an impressive year on the international film festival circuit, Israel’s movie industry will get off to a strong start in 2009 with a world premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Modern Language Association of America gave a nod to the world of Yiddish on December 2 when it announced the recipients of its Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies.
Birthright Israel, the popular initiative offering young Jews free trips to Israel, may be unable to pay for thousands of such trips in the summer of 2009 due to the financial meltdown of its largest donor.