Why Israel's New Reform Congregations Shun 'R' Word

By Judy Maltz

When the Reform movement recently opened its first congregation in the Negev capital of Be’er Sheva, its members had just one little request: Don’t call it Reform.Read More

'Shadow Jews' Outnumber Recognized Members of Tribe

By Judy Maltz

The number of people who believe they are descendants of the Jews or the ancient Israelites about equals the number of officially recognized Jews.Read More

Anti-Defamation League Picks Fresh Face Jonathan Greenblatt as New Chief

By Nathan Guttman

In a bold move, the century-old Anti Defamation League has chosen a young social entrepreneur as its new chief. Some see a sharp contrast with the departing Abraham Foxman.Read More

Rabbi Hailu Moshe Paris, Revered Leader of America's Black Jews, Dies at 81

By Sam Kestenbaum

Rabbi Hailu Moshe Paris, a revered leader of the Black Hebrew Israelites, has died at 81. Born in Ethiopia, his dignity won mainstream respect — and built interracial bridges.Read More

Hungary Jewish Leader Gusztav Zoltai Denounced as 'Traitor'

By Cnaan Liphshiz

For 22 years Gusztav Zoltai led Hungary’s Jewish community. For all his flaws, no one ever called him a traitor — until September.Read More

J Street Wins Funding Battle Even Amid Midterm Washout for Liberals

By Nathan Guttman

J Street funneled $2 million mostly to liberals who lost in the midterm GOP landslide. Nonetheless, the dovish group is crowing over becoming the top-giving Israel PAC.Read More

Lee Zeldin Wins To Become Sole GOP Jew in Congress

By Ron Kampeas

New York State Senator Lee Zeldin defeated Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop to become the sole Republican member of Congress.Read More

Jerusalem Passport Case Is Clash Between Congress and White House Powers

By Ron Kampeas

A lawyer for a boy born in Jerusalem whose parents want Israel listed as the birthplace on his U.S. passport tried mightily this week to make a Supreme Court hearing mainly about their wish, but the justices kept upping the ante.Read More

Should U.S. Block Charity Aid to Israeli Settlers?

By Nathan Guttman

One Jewish activist wants to see Israeli settler organizations lose their tax-exempt status. Why don’t leaders from other dovish groups agree?Read More

For Many Converts, Bumpy Road to Mikveh Only Beginning of Woes

By Uriel Heilman

The road to conversion can be long and difficult. But newly minted Jews find the challenges hardly end when they step out of the mikveh.Read More

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