Kibbutz Culture Changes — and Kids Come Back

By Yermi Brenner

After years of stagnation, kibbutz populations are growing. Young families are drawn by a new tolerance for family independence — with a strong community spirit.Read More

10 Jewish Baseball Stars To Watch in 2014

By Hillel Kuttler

Major League Baseball teams are making the great trek north from spring training sites to begin the new season. 10 Jewish players are likely to make the big league journey.Read More

Perelman Day School Dumps Teachers Union

By Nathan Guttman

A Jewish day school in Philadelphia decided to discontinue employing its teachers through a union contract, forcing the staff to give up collective bargaining and other union benefits.Read More

Do Orthodox Rabbi Groups Hold Too Much Sway Over Conversion — in Israel and U.S.?

By Uriel Heilman

The battle over conversion is heating up as the main American Orthodox rabbinic group says it cannot vouch for all conversions presided over by its members.Read More

Jews in Ukraine and Russia Are Divided as Nations Confront One Another

By Paul Berger

Jews in Russia and Ukraine are divided as the two nations confront one another over Vladimir Putin’s takeover of the Crimea.Read More

Rwanda Leader Paul Kagame Gets Jewish Embrace — But What About Human Rights?

By Nathan Guttman

A shared history of genocide has led Jews to embrace Rwanda President Paul Kagame. But 20 years after Africa’s killing fields, what about reports of human rights violations?Read More

Vladimir Putin's 93-Year-Old Jewish German Teacher Remembers When

By Ben Sales

Mina Yuditskaya remembers her former pupil, Vladimir Putin, as a good boy. And the 93-year-old ex-German teacher is still grateful to the Russian strongman.Read More

Rabbi Performs Controversial Metzitzah B'Peh Circumcision Rite — Law or No

By Paul Berger

A rabbi performs a controversial circumcision rite, then proudly tells the Forward that he routinely ignores New York City’s law requiring parental consent.Read More

Winnipeg Jewish Community Seeks New Blood — With Mixed Results

By Uriel Heilman

When the leaders of Winnipeg’s Jewish federation sat down 13 years ago to try to figure out a way to reverse the community’s decline, they came up with a novel idea: recruit Jews from overseas.Read More

Philadelphia Feud Erupts Over Federation Embrace of Anti-J Street Film

By Nathan Guttman

The Philadelphia Federation is sponsoring a screening of a controversial film that attacks J Street. The debate comes as the group seeks an official place in the communal tent.Read More

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