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Hadar's Popular Egalitarian Yeshiva Grapples With Sex Before Marriage

By Ben Sales

Just weeks before starting his year as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, an egalitarian Judaic learning program for adults, Itamar Landau moved in with his girlfriend. The fellowship demanded that Landau keep kosher and observe the restrictions of the Sabbath. The couple agreed to separate milk and meat in their shared kitchen and to refrain from activities such as driving on Saturdays as they grew accustomed to sharing a bed.Read More


300 Goats and Sheep, 20 Slaughterers, One Willful Rabbi

By Nathan Jeffay

Making Seder for the extended family seems like child’s play compared with Rabbi Yehudah Glick’s Passover preparations. The New York-born Glick is getting ready to lead world Jewry in a Paschal sacrifice April 18, the first night of Passover.Read More


Church Leaders Showing Rifts Over Vatican’s Pius XII Papers

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Catholic scholars, no less than Jewish scholars, are frustrated over the Vatican’s decades-long delay in opening its closed Holocaust archives, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told a Jewish audience April 12.Read More


A Grave Marker Unveiled for Six Triangle Fire Victims Who Had Been Unknowns

By Lillian Swanson

A grave marker inscribed with the names of the six victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire who were only recently identified was unveiled April 5 in Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn. The six were buried as unknowns 100 years ago, and later a large monument was dedicated to them at the cemetery. The new stone marker, placed in front of the monument, declares the site to be the final resting place of Max Florin, Concetta Prestifilippo, Fannie Rosen, Dora Evans, Josephine Cammarata and Maria Lauletti.Read More


Top Pinto Aide Tied to Porn Sales and Legal Troubles

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

In early 2005, porn producer and actor Ashley Gasper realized that someone was bootlegging his films. Counterfeit copies of “Jules Jordan’s Flesh Hunter 6” and “Jules Jordan: Feeding Frenzy 2,” among other titles, were showing up among the DVDs being returned to his distributor.Read More


Rabbi Jill Jacobs Will Head Rabbis for Human Rights-North America

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Jewish social justice guru Jill Jacobs is known for her vocal advocacy work on behalf of society’s most marginalized, including undocumented workers and the poor. Now, as newly appointed executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, she will engage with the most incendiary issue in American Jewish life: public criticism of Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.Read More


Jewish Nursing Home Association's Jewish Values Face Test When New CEO Falls Ill

By Nathan Guttman

Shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia, veteran Jewish activist Marla Gilson was abruptly fired from her job as CEO of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, an organization whose stated mission is to provide “compassionate health care.”Read More


Learning Her Mother's Legacy

By Joy Resmovits

In September 1909, Clara Lemlich, a young woman from Ukraine, stood up in front of a crowded auditorium in New York City’s Cooper Union. After listening to lengthy speeches by union leaders who urged caution, Lemlich said that the poor pay and unsafe working conditions could go on no longer, and she called for a strike. Her words inspired the Uprising of the 20,000, a walkout that halted work in many of New York City’s garment factories.Read More


New Initiative Will Integrate Hebrew School With Other Aspects of Jewish Life

By Nathan Guttman

Synagogue religious education, an often alienating rite of passage for generations of Jews, is in for a major transformation under an experimental program set to launch next year. The experiment, sponsored by the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, will see children whose parents sign them up for synagogue Hebrew schools also exposed to Jewish camps, Jewish community centers and Jewish day schools as part of the package.Read More


Triangle Fire Victims’ Families Gather To Affirm Ongoing Legacy

By Joy Resmovits

It was a family reunion of sorts — just 100 years after the fact. As soon as the march and speeches were over, and the names of all 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire had been read aloud, family members of those who died and those who survived the March 25, 1911, blaze headed to a restaurant to break bread together, courtesy of the Triangle Families Association.Read More





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