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A Gay-Friendly Israel Is Complicated for Jewish LGBT Congregations

By Ben Sales

America’s LGBT synagogues often have a much more complicated relationship with the Jewish state than do their mainstream counterparts.Read More


Speed Dating Among the Senior Set

By Mary Jane Fine

In one Florida community, speed dating is all the rage with the over-60 set. The only problem is finding enough men to sign up for the matchmaking exercise.Read More


Major Effort To Promote Day Schools Shows Mixed Results

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

The executive director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, which finances new day schools, is leaving the organization amidst its loss of core funders.Read More


Weiner Seeks Professional Treatment and Leave From Congress

By Forward Staff

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, a rising Jewish political star and a staunch supporter of Israel, went today to seek professional treatment for the behavior he admitted to this week — exchanging sexual messages and photos with women he met online — and he’ll ask for a short leave from Congress for this purpose.Read More


New Square: Where Tradition and the Rebbe Rule

By Andrew Tobin

When a New Square resident was badly injured in a recent arson attack, police called it an isolated incident; now law enforcement may be changing its tune.Read More


State Annuls Attempted Sale of Public School to New Square-Based Yeshiva

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

New York State has annulled the sale of an elementary school to an Orthodox yeshiva in East Ramapo amid tensions between non-Jewish parents and the Orthodox majority on the school board.Read More


One Speech, Many Views

Within hours of President Obama’s May 19 policy speech on the Middle East, a panoply of Jewish organizations had e-blasted their initial reactions, putting the spectrum of political opinion in the Jewish organizational world on full display. The chart below offers a sampling of this range, from right to left.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Group Affirms Abuse Cases Go First To Rabbi

By Paul Berger

One of America’s leading ultra-Orthodox groups has reaffirmed that its followers must consult a rabbi before going to law enforcement authorities with suspicions of sexual abuse committed by community members. The admonitions, from speakers at a conference sponsored by Agudath Israel of America, came even though a recent rabbinic edict permits reporting such crimes to secular authorities. A New Jersey district attorney with many Orthodox constituents said the advice given at the conference could be a violation of state law, though that view wasn’t shared by the district attorney for Brooklyn, where many other Orthodox Jews live.Read More


Raising Children on Kugel and Kimchi, and as Jews

By Kathy Seal

After her husband stepped on the glass, and she survived the chair dance at their wedding without falling off, Emily Brecher changed into a traditional red Chinese dress. “Then my husband and I knelt down before my parents and my Jewish in-laws at the tea ceremony,” Brecher recalled. “The dim sum hors d’oeuvres were a huge hit.” It’s an increasingly familiar story: Asian-Jewish weddings creating families that celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the Lunar New Year and bring up their children on kugel and kimchi.Read More


Forward Captures Two Deadline Club Awards

By Forward Staff

For the third year in a row, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has honored the Forward with an award for excellence in reporting.Read More





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