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Why Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Left Satmars for Progressive Start-Up Synagogue

By Rukhl Schaechter

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz grew up among the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Jews. He now serves as a leader of a progressive synagogue that allows women to lead some prayers.Read More


Foreign Workers Now Teach Jews How To Farm — on the Kibbutz

By Yardena Schwartz

Say goodbye to the historic image of Zionists getting down in the dirt to cultivate the land. Nowadays, the vast majority of kibbutz farmworkers are foreigners.Read More


Why Is Government Seeking To Kill United Against Nuclear Iran Lawsuit?

By Nathan Guttman

The U.S. government is seeking to kill a lawsuit against an Iran watchdog group that obtained secret classified documents. Why are the feds protecting the group — not prosecuting it?Read More


African Immigrants Cheer Israel Court Decision Shutting Jail

By Naomi Zeveloff

African immigrants in Israel are cheering the High Court’s order to close a much-reviled detention center. But asylum seekers still worry about their precarious future in the Jewish state.Read More


Protesters Take Aim at Metropolitan Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer'

By Rachel Delia Benaim

With the Metropolitan Opera’s new season set to open Monday night, protesters are calling for one show to be canceled.Read More


Jews Join Hundreds of Thousands at Largest-Ever Climate Change March

By Hody Nemes

Shofar blasts rang out and ‘Save Our Planet’ signs in Yiddish peppered the streets of New York as more than 100 Jewish groups joined the largest-ever climate change protest.Read More


Despite Winning 1,000 Pre-K Seats, N.Y. Jewish Advocates Still Frustrated

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Bill de Blasio’s new pre-kindergarten program funds over 1,000 free seats for Jewish schools in N.Y. But some Orthodox advocates want more time for religious study.Read More


In Golan Heights, Harvesting Apples Against Backdrop of Syrian War

By Naomi Zeveloff

Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner —  and for apple farmers in the Golan Heights, so is the Syrian civil war. Israelis feel threatened, but some Druze feel differently.Read More


Pro-Israel Students Hope To Shame Mahmoud Abbas With Empty Seats

By Rachel Delia Benaim

Jewish student groups are planning to protest Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech in New York City — including a push to create swaths of empty seats at the event.Read More


South Africa's Jacob Zuma Vows Anti-Semitism Fight

By Gabe Friedman

The President of South Africa vowed to fight anti-semitism Thursday night in a meeting with leaders of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies.Read More


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