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After Freundel Scandal, Converts in Waiting Complain of Unexpected Obstacles

By Uriel Heilman

Tzipporah Laura LaFianza and her family have been living as Orthodox Jews for four years now. They reside in a heavily Jewish suburb of Washington, go to shul every Shabbat and keep a strictly kosher kitchen.Read More


Polish and Israeli Presidents Tour New Jewish Museum on Opening Day

By Reuters

The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing Jewish community before becoming a graveyard for Jews in World War Two.Read More


Netanyahu Rejects U.S. Criticism of Israel’s East Jerusalem Housing Plans

By JTA

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected U.S. criticism of Israel’s plans for new housing units in eastern Jerusalem.Read More


Jerusalem Mayor Visits Temple Mount Despite Increased Violence

By JTA

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Temple Mount despite increased violence at the holy site and in the Israeli capital.Read More


'Don't Rent to Arabs' Rabbi Moves to East Jerusalem

By JTA

Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of the Kiryat Arba settlement, is leaving his position in order to move to east Jerusalem.Read More


Pope Francis Gets Bar-Ilan Honor at Vatican

By JTA

Pope Francis received Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Bar-Ilan University of Israel’s president, at the Vatican.Read More


Israeli Polygamous Cult Leader Gets 30 Years for Sex Spree

By Reuters

An Israeli court sentenced a polygamous cult leader to 30 years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for sex crimes against his wives and daughters as part of what prosecutors described as a mind-boggling saga of dominance and delusions of deity.Read More


Poland Praises Jewish Donors for 'Trust' as Museum Opens

By JTA

Poland’s culture minister said the multi-million-dollar generosity of Jewish donors to the new Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews represented a sign of trust, or even forgiveness.Read More


Women's Yeshiva Says Male Rabbis Don't Have To Oversee Converts in Mikveh

By JTA

In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis needn’t be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.Read More


CUNY Boycott Israel Vote Falls Just Short

By JTA

A student group at the City University of New York failed to advance a resolution to boycott Israeli academics and divest from Israeli companies.Read More


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