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Birthright Plans Israel Trip for Alumni Journalists

By Naomi Zeveloff

The group that sponsors free trips to Israel for young American Jews wants to promote itself. So it’s planning a trip for reporters who went on Birthright journeys.Read More


Summer Camps for Jewish Seniors Live On

By Gianna Palmer

They kayak. They paint. They even do ‘The Electric Slide.’ Welcome to Jewish senior summer camp, 2K11 style.Read More


How B’nai B’rith’s Museum Went From Must-See Site to Oblivion

By Paul Berger

B’nai B’rith’s Klutznick Museum is a shell of its former glory. The once-proud institution’s 1,800-item collection mostly sits in a suburban storage facility.Read More


A Church, a Shul, and a Mosque Try Faithful Experiment

By Naomi Zeveloff

Jews, Muslims and Christians don’t always agree on much. Deep in the Midwest, the three faiths came together to build a unique interfaith campus.Read More


Jewish Federations Struggle With Budget Cuts

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Jewish federations will likely be hit hard by federal budget cuts. With less money to go around, it may be difficult to maintain funding for both social services and Jewish identity programs.Read More


Leiby Kletzky Killing Renews Calls For Oversight of Yeshivas

By Naomi Zeveloff

Stricter rules for yeshiva employees would not have prevented Leiby Kletzky’s killing. But advocates say the murder shows the need to do more to protect Jewish kids.Read More


Hyman Bookbinder, 'Passionate Moderate,' Dies at 95

By Michael Berenbaum

Hyman Bookbinder was an institution in Washington D.C. With a gift for compromise, the AJC leader built support for civil rights and Israel.Read More


New Push To Link Jewish Boomers to Community

By Naomi Zeveloff

Baby boomers are reaching retirement age, and for the Jews among them, the search is on for active and meaningful pursuits beyond the stereotypical retreat to South Florida for three decades of porch-side sunning. This, at least, is the viewpoint held by Stuart Himmelfarb and David Elcott, the brains behind B3 the Jewish Boomer Platform, a new organization that aims to work with Jewish institutions to help them engage boomers — individuals born between 1946 and 1964 — at the critical pivot between career and retirement.Read More


Fracking Comes to Jewish Summer Camp

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

A number of Jewish summer camps have signed deals allowing natural gas ‘fracking.’ Are the huge payments they will receive worth the environmental risk?Read More


Whittier Celebrates the Last Hurrah of America’s First Havurah

By Rex Weiner

America’s first havurah was founded 50 years ago in Whittier, Calif., outside of Los Angeles. Members say it succeeded beyond anyone’s dreams. So why is it disbanding?Read More





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