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Study Kicks Off Gay Outreach Effort

By Michael Kaminer

Three-quarters of the rabbis who responded to an unprecedented new survey on diversity said they thought their congregations already do a “good to excellent” job of welcoming gay Jews. But for the gay Jewish advocacy group that undertook the survey, that’s precisely the problem.Read More


Wiesenthal Center Facing Opposition on Two Continents

By Rebecca Spence

Over more than three decades, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has cultivated a reputation for tracking down Nazi war criminals, speaking out against antisemitism and teaching tolerance. Now, its plans to move forward with two massive building projects, in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, are sparking a barrage of criticism that the center is acting insensitively — just the type of accusation that could tarnish its carefully constructed image.Read More


Hebrew College’s Big Plans Yield Big Debts

By Anthony Weiss

Outside the office of Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, is a model of the original design for the college’s Newton, Mass., campus, created by star architect Moshe Safdie. Only half the campus has been built. Asked if the school plans to build the other half, Lehmann chuckled.Read More


Food Fight: Brooklyn Co-op Mulls Israel Ban

By Lana Gersten

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, near Prospect Park, the Park Slope Food Coop is at the nexus of the borough’s many diverse Jewish populations. From the liberal Jews of Park Slope to the Hasidic Jews of Crown Heights, the co-op is one of the few places in Brooklyn where Jews of all denominations converge in a shared mission: to buy natural foods at reasonable prices.Read More


Board Fight, Staff Cuts at Yiddish Center

By Nathaniel Popper

A few weeks ago, the Jewish institute and archive known as YIVO hosted a public discussion about the financial downturn and the alleged misdeeds of Bernard Madoff. Now, YIVO is dealing with financial problems of its own.Read More


N.J. School May Get Hebrew Track

By Larry Yudelson

A school district in New Jersey may become the first in the nation to create a Hebrew-language immersion track in a public school — and to supplement it with voluntary after-school religious classes paid for by parents in space rented from the district.Read More


Book Collector Sells the Fruits of a Lifelong ‘Lunacy’ for Jewish Texts

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Although the world’s foremost collector of rare Jewish books has traveled the globe seeking books printed in the Far East, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Europe, his greatest collecting triumph took place virtually at his front door.Read More


Conservative Judaism’s ‘Vision Thing’

By J.J. Goldberg

Conservative Judaism, the centrist denomination that once dominated American Jewish religious life, faces a crucial juncture this spring in its quest to halt a lingering decline.Read More


Orthodox University Slashes Jobs

By Lana Gersten

Beset by financial losses, the flagship university of Modern Orthodoxy announced that it was laying off 60 employees, spread out across all of its undergraduate schools, in an effort to reduce its operating budget by nearly $30 million.Read More


The Remaking of L.A.'s Jewish Federation

By Rebecca Spence

Taking a bottom-line approach to the work of the federation, Stanley Gold, the powerhouse steward of Disney’s financial investments, has re-envisioned the work of the 98-year-old Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.Read More





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