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‘More Life’ for Jeremiah

By Yael Unterman (Haaretz)

Many debut novels are autobiographical, drawing upon personal experience in order to generate vivid and credible writing. But Zoe Klein, senior rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, has launched her novel-writing career with a different muse: her passion for Bible, and more specifically (her synagogue’s name notwithstanding) for the prophet Jeremiah. As the protagonist of “Drawing in the Dust” reflects: “Sure, Ezekiel had the visions and Jonah had the whale, but Jeremiah knew how to brood, which makes him a kindred spirit.”Read More

Goldstone Report: Israel, Palestinians Committed War Crimes


Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it is “appalled and disappointed” by a U.N. commission report that says Israel committed war crimes during its Gaza offensive.Read More

Human Rights Watch Official Suspended Over Nazi Memorabilia


Human Rights Watch suspended a senior official over his collection of Nazi memorabilia.Read More

Suit Charges Jewish Cemetery With Dumping Remains


A class-action lawsuit is accusing a Los Angeles Jewish cemetery of dumping remains to make room for new interments.Read More

Pope to Renegades: Respect for Judaism Is Non-Negotiable


Respect for Judaism and other religions is mandatory for readmission into the mainstream Catholic fold, Pope Benedict XVI will tell a renegade traditionalist Catholic group.Read More

New USCJ Chief Responds to Crisis With Cuts — and Candor

By Rebecca Dube and Gal Beckerman

United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism has instituted a broad restructuring that will include deep cuts in staff, a consolidation of its services and even a reduction in its board of directors from 180 to 75 members. The board approved the changes in a vote on September 13.Read More

United Synagogue Announces Major Restructuring


The umbrella organization for Conservative synagogues is restructuring, its new chief executive said.Read More

Israeli Gigs Increasingly Common for International Superstars

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

Madonna managed to sprinkle some of her fairy diva dust on Israel during her recent tour, calling the Jewish state the world’s “energy center,” wrapping herself in the flag on stage and even lighting Shabbat candles with Sara Netanayahu.Read More

Russia Denies Ship's Weapons Were Bound for Iran


Russia denied that a cargo ship reportedly seized by pirates was carrying weapons bound for Iran.Read More

'New' West Bank Settlement Permits Not So New

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

At the West Bank city of Ariel’s adventure park, whose construction Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved, nothing special was going on yesterday. Children were trying out the climbing wall and the mayor was walking around, proud as a groom on his wedding day. The facility was actually only approved yesterday, but has been in existence for a year and a half before receiving construction permits. In fact, a demolition order was issued against it.Read More

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