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Plans To Move L.A. Community Library

By Rebecca Spence

For the past seven years, Larry Adler has made a habit of borrowing books and videos from the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. He signs out Jewish cookbooks to feed his love of the culinary arts, religious books to enhance his knowledge of Jewish texts and children’s books to help teach his 11-year-old daughter about Judaism.Read More


Advocacy Operations Spared Amid Crash

By Nathaniel Popper

The plunging stock market and the Bernard Madoff scandal have ensured that ‘Help Wanted’ signs are a rarity in the Jewish communal world these days. In the past few weeks, some of the largest charities have slashed their staffs – most recently, it was the Union for Reform Judaism and the UJA-Federation of New York.Read More


Orthodox Look at Gay Nups Proposal

By Rebecca Spence

As the cultural divide over gay marriage deepens, two public intellectuals on opposite sides of the debate are floating a new proposal that could bridge the gap between religious conservatives — including Orthodox Jewish groups — and advocates for same-sex marriage.Read More


Blessing of the Sun: A Teachable Moment

By Linda Kriger

Once a generation, every 28 years, Jews recite the Blessing of the Sun, the same prayer that is said upon seeing majestic mountains, seas, rivers and deserts: “Blessed are you, our God, King of the Universe, who effects the work of creation.” This is the moment that Jewish tradition says the sun returns to the original spot in the cosmos as when it was created on the fourth day.Read More


Conservative Shuls Hint They’ll Leave United Synagogue Absent Big Reforms

By Anthony Weiss

A group of presidents of Conservative synagogues is threatening rebellion, and even possibly secession, if the Conservative movement’s congregational arm does not make prompt and dramatic structural changes, the Forward has learned.Read More


Sexual Abuse Survivors Join Debate Over Extending Claims

By Rebecca Dube

Jews who say they were sexually abused as children by their rabbis are seeking to tip the balance in favor of a long-stalled bill that would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in New York State — legislation that could have far-reaching impact on some Orthodox communities as they struggle with emerging allegations of child abuse.Read More


Conservatives Get New Leader Amid Calls for Overhaul

By Anthony Weiss

Conservative Judaism is being roiled by potentially tectonic changes that could lead to both new leadership for the movement and structural changes in how the movement’s organizations work.Read More


Cleaning Toilets, and Other Victim Fantasies

By Rebecca Dube

What would be a fair punishment for Bernard Madoff?Read More


Protesters Rally Outside a Home as Debate Continues Over Best Get Tactics

By Rebecca Spence

On the day known as Ta’anit Esther — when observant Jews fast before Purim — more than 150 members of Los Angeles’s close-knit Orthodox community gathered for a protest rally outside the family home of a man they claim has refused to grant his wife a Jewish divorce, known as a get. They chanted and prayed, and held signs that read “Stop the Abuse” and “Give Your Wife a Get.”Read More


Coalition Seeks Overhaul of Conservative Movement

By Anthony Weiss

Some of the most prominent figures in Conservative Judaism are demanding a meeting with the leadership of the movement’s congregational arm to discuss a major overhaul of the way the troubled movement functionsRead More





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