Reconstructionist Judaism’s rabbinical seminary announced September 30 that it would become the first major rabbinical school in the United States to admit and graduate rabbinical students with non-Jewish partners and spouses.57
President Barack Obama named the outgoing president of the national Jewish public policy umbrella to an advisory council on faith and government.
Thousands of people gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall amid heavy security for the holiday Priestly Blessing.
Spanish officials will begin reviewing citizenship applications by some 4,500 individuals who identified themselves as descendants of Sephardic Jews, the country’s Jewish communities said.
A Paris court ordered the eviction of the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who often incites racial hatred against Jews, from a theater where he has worked for the past 15 years.
Russia’s military buildup in Syria appears to have forced U.S. President Barack Obama to two unpalatable conclusions: He cannot ignore Moscow, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may survive for some time.8
Only months after an Israeli teen was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox man during the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, the city’s chief rabbi Shlomo Amar has lashed out at the LGBT community, saying “I believe that this phenomenon will wane and disappear, because most of the public is disgusted by it and detest it.”26
Israel’s Air Force attacked what the Israeli military called four “terrorist sites” in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack from Gaza on southern Israel.
Israel has called on a Norwegian daily newspaper to apologize for a cartoon that equates Israel with Nazi Germany and North Korea.5
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