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Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Strikes a Jarring but Muted Chord in L.A.

By Rebecca Spence

When the Los Angeles Opera launches its most ambitious project to date — a 10-week citywide festival celebrating Richard Wagner’s “The Ring,” which will culminate in a massive production of the epic opera — not everyone will be celebrating.Read More


Harvard’s Muslim Chaplain Embroiled in Death-for-Apostasy Controversy

By Anthony Weiss

Remarks on apostasy and capital punishment under Islamic law by Harvard’s Muslim chaplain have become the center of a heated debate about whether Islamic and Western values can be compatible.Read More


Zvi Kanar, 80, Mime of Wonder and Shoah Horrors

By Itzik Gottesman

When Zvi Kanar, an internationally known mime and Yiddish writer, died April 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel, his friends were startled to learn that he was 80 years old. With his upbeat attitude and easy ability to be around the younger generation of Yiddishists and performers, it was assumed he was 10 years younger.Read More


Two Orthodox Groups Are Opposing Sex Abuse Bill

By Rebecca Dube

Two influential Orthodox organizations, Agudath Israel and Torah Umesorah – The National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, have come out against a New York State bill that would create a one-year window in which child sex abuse victims could sue their molesters, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.Read More


Rabbinic Job Market Tries Anxious Souls

By Rebecca Dube

After five years of rabbinical school, Benjamin Berger was looking forward to leading the life of a pulpit rabbi: getting to know his congregation, sharing his love of the Torah and leading a community.Read More


On the Jersey Waterfront, Jews Return, But Jewish Community Still Struggles

By Anthony Weiss

Aside from a few buckets to catch water where the roof leaks, Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J., looks much as it did 40 years ago, when 900 people would show up for High Holy Day services and the Hebrew school was packed with 175 students. But the Hebrew school has been closed for years, and the Conservative synagogue’s aging membership, though still devoted, has dwindled to about 90 families, most of them elderly.Read More


When the Last Survivor Is Gone

By Michael Berenbaum

Two years ago, an MBA student whom I mentored wrote her thesis on how major Holocaust organizations were planning to deal with the inevitable — the fact that soon, all too soon, there would be no survivors.Read More


Leading Combatant in Gay Marriage Fight To Head Southern California Rabbis

By Rebecca Spence

When Denise Eger assumes the leadership of this region’s local rabbinic association, she’ll be making history — twice over.Read More


Skokie To Open New Holocaust Museum

By Lisbeth Levine

When former president Bill Clinton officially opens the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center later this month, the village of Skokie will stake its claim on history. Holocaust history, to be sure, but also — and perhaps more significantly — as the place where the seeds of the Holocaust education movement in the United States were first planted in response to a neo-Nazi march.Read More


Study: Young Jews More Spiritual, Yet More Divided?

By J.J. Goldberg

In a seeming departure from centuries-old traditions of American Jewish skepticism, interest in spirituality is markedly on the rise among Jewish young adults, according to a study released this month.Read More





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