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Rabbi Barry Freundel Urged Women To Take 'Long Showers' and Mikveh 'Dunks'

By Uriel Heilman

Bethany Mandel found it odd when Rabbi Barry Freundel demanded she ttake a “really long shower” in the mikveh prior to her formal conversion to Judaism.Read More

Ashoka Mukpo, NBC Cameraman With Jewish Roots, Free of Ebola

By Reuters

NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa, is free of the virus and will leave the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday, the hospital said. Mukpo arrived in the United States on Oct. 6 for treatment.Read More

Benjamin Netanyahu Withdraws Support From Conversion Bill


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions.Read More

Savannah Congregation Defies Board, Votes Yes to Controversial Rabbi

By Paul Berger

A controversial Savannah rabbi may retain his pulpit for another three years, despite the synagogue board’s recommendation that his contract not be renewed.Read More

Jerusalem Elects Ashkenazi and Sephardi Chief Rabbis


The Jerusalem City Council elected two new chief rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former chief rabbi of Israel.Read More

Nazis War Criminals Should Not Be Collecting Social Security, White House Says


Nazi war criminals should not be receiving Social Security benefits, a White House spokesman said.Read More

Mayor of Rome Accompanying High Schoolers on Trip to Auschwitz


Mayor Ignazio Marino of Rome is in Poland leading city high school students on the annual “Memory Journey” Holocaust education trip to Auschwitz and Krakow.Read More

Rabbi Freundel Conversions Are Valid, Israeli Chief Rabbinate Says


The Israeli Chief Rabbinate said it will recognize all past conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi charged with voyeurism.Read More

Palestinian Protesters Firebomb Jewish-Owned Building in East Jerusalem


Palestinian protesters threw firebombs at an apartment building in the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan after Jews moved in.Read More

Zionist Leader Kalman Sultanik Dies at 97


Zionist leader Kalman Sultanik, who for decades served as a leader in the World Jewish Congress, has died.Read More

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