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Riverdale’s Jews Are Shaken but Stronger

By Rebecca Dube

Rabbi Judith Lewis of the Riverdale Temple asked the two conversion candidates about to enter the mikveh: Are you sure you want to do this?Read More


Touro Struggles With Its Historic Legacy

By Anthony Weiss

On a recent sun-washed Saturday morning, after the conclusion of Sabbath services at the historic Touro Synagogue, some 20 members gathered outside and gazed across a barren dirt patch toward where the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center — an immaculate new stone building and a peeling old wood frame house under renovation — is taking shape.Read More


Conservatives Go to D.C.

By Nathan Guttman

Fashionably late, the Conservative movement is joining the growing world of Jewish advocacy in the nation’s capital.Read More


Orthodox Women To Be Trained As Clergy, If Not Yet as Rabbis

By Anthony Weiss

Plans for a new school to train Orthodox women as clergy are pushing the issue of the role of women in Orthodox Judaism to a new and untested frontier.Read More


Escalating Tensions, Protesters Rile Agudath Israel Over Sex-Abuse Bill

By Rebecca Dube

Inside the grand ballroom of the Midtown Hilton in Manhattan, Agudath Israel of America’s annual dinner was unfolding according to plan. Men and women dressed in traditional yet elegant clothes dined on salmon and listened to Senator Charles Schumer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledge their fealty.Read More


Now Back in Public, Songwriting Legend Leonard Cohen Plays To a New Controversy

By J.J. Goldberg

Buddhist monk, Jewish poet, famed philanderer and now the subject of political protest, Leonard Cohen performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on May 17. The elusive Canadian folk-rock legend, on his first major tour in 15 years, worked the capacity crowd of 6,000 fans who shouted out and sang along through three hours of his trademark songs of despair, doom and failed love. Now 74, Cohen bounced around the stage with more energy than he ever displayed as a young singer in the 1960s.Read More


Popper Wins Journalism Award

Nathaniel Popper, the Forward’s senior writer, was honored with a Deadline Club award for his coverage of illegal labor practices in the kosher meat industry.Read More


Orthodox Group Stirs Pot With New Kosher Ethics Seal

By Corinne Ramey

A new label just went up alongside the other colorful stickers and pamphlets adorning the window of Your Heights Café in northern Manhattan. It’s a seal with an image of clasped hands, and it was given out by a new organization looking to improve working conditions in New York’s kosher restaurants.Read More


Painful Rituals: Program Treats Eating Disorders in Observant Women

By Gabrielle Birkner

The introduction of a new track for Orthodox Jewish women at Renfrew Center, a for-profit network of eating-disorder clinics, comes amid a burgeoning movement in the Orthodox community to increase awareness of eating disorders.Read More


Wesleyan Shooter’s ‘Columbine’ Plan Spotlights Jewish Identity on Campus — Or Not

By Anthony Weiss

When the alleged murderer of Wesleyan University student Johanna Justin-Jinich shattered the idyllic calm of this leafy Connecticut campus, it was just the beginning of his plans, police say.Read More





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