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Once-Quiet Campuses See Surge in Anti-Israel Activism

By Rebecca Spence

The Israel on Campus Coalition, a Washington-based Israel education and advocacy umbrella group, says that there has been a dramatic upsurge in anti-Israeli activity on previously quiet college campuses.Read More


JCPA Approves Effort To Build Dialogue With Muslim Groups

By Nathan Guttman

The Jewish community’s main umbrella organization for domestic policy has struck a significant blow against internal resistance to dialogue with Muslims.Read More


Shame of Sexual Abuse Among Believers

By Rebecca Dube

On the surface, Joseph Diangelo and Flora Jessop couldn’t look more different. Diangelo grew up in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Jessop was raised in a polygamous compound, part of a fundamentalist Mormon sect on the Utah-Arizona border. But as Diangelo listened to Jessop tell her harrowing tale of abuse, forced marriage, spiritual threats, rape and eventual escape, he found himself nodding in recognition.Read More


Why’s a Jewish Woman Running a Black Paper?

By Nathaniel Popper

A Jewish editor would be an unusual presence at most black newspapers, but at few places more so than the famed Amsterdam News.Read More


Tikkun’s Founder: ‘I Have Cancer,’ Give to My Cause

By Rebecca Spence

When Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun magazine, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, he alerted his supporters in an e-mail message that went beyond delivering bad news. The message folded Lerner’s diagnosis in with a plea for supporters to devote more money and time to his cause, the Network of Spiritual Progressives.Read More


Seeking Authenticity, Women Flock to Prayer Forum

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

At the first national conference on Jewish women and prayer, the numerous attendants told a story as important as the sessions themselves.Read More


Questions for Hikind at Rally for Victims

By Michael Orbach

It was at the very end of his solidarity rally for Orthodox victims of sexual abuse that the tensions beneath the surface of Assembly member Dov Hikind’s approach to the problem boiled up.Read More


In Downsizing Economy, Is There a Jewish Way To Lay Off?

By Nathaniel Popper

Behind the headlines about the massive layoffs sweeping the Jewish world are experiences like that of Rochelle Mancini.Read More


Social Activism, Modern Orthodox-Style

By Michael Orbach

It was a typical crowd for a Yeshiva University student event: long skirts and long sleeves for the girls, yarmulkes and tzitzis for the boys.Read More


Torah 2.0: Old-Line Publisher Brings Biblical Commentary Into Online World

By Anthony Weiss

America’s oldest Jewish publisher has embarked on a project to bring the study of Judaism’s most ancient texts into the digital age.Read More





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