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Following an Unlikely Tip, Auschwitz Dig Unearths a Trove of Lost Judaica

By Joshua Cohen

OSWIECIM, Poland — A crew of Polish archeologists searching for a buried treasure at the former site of the Great Synagogue here struck gold Monday when they discovered a trove of artifacts, including three synagogue menorahs, a Chanukah menorah, the eternal light and several synagogue chandeliers.The diggers were acting onRead More


School Fights Local Federation

By Miriam Colton

A Jewish community school in Margate, N.J., is alleging that it is being systematically and purposefully destroyed by what at first glance seems an unlikely candidate: the local Jewish federation.What began as a dispute over Trocki Hebrew Academy’s financial management has escalated into an all-out community war, with a defamation lawsuit by theRead More


Newsdesk June 25, 2004

Bush Awards Podhoretz, LauderPresident Bush has awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, to Norman Podhoretz, the Jewish political theorist. Podhoretz helped cultivate neoconservatism in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and has since steered its flagship publication, the AmericanRead More


Program Seeks Emerging Leaders

By Steven I. Weiss

A new program in Los Angeles dedicated to finding and training emerging leaders for local synagogues graduated its first class this month.Called the Los Angeles Synagogue Leadership Institute, the program, crafted by the Los Angeles Board of Rabbis, gathered 35 students from all the major denominations and taught them, over the past two years, howRead More


Orthodox Synagogue Votes To Shift Its Affiliation

By Steven I. Weiss

One of America’s last family-seating Orthodox-affiliated synagogues with mixed-gender seating voted this month to join the Conservative movement, leaving only one family-seating Orthodox synagogue in the entire country.Agudas Achim, a synagogue in Columbus, Ohio, voted to rescind its Orthodox affiliation at a meeting this month. The voteRead More


Conservatives Cut Social Action Officer

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly steps up its social action, the movement’s association of synagogues has axed its social-action officer to save money.The two unrelated developments represent a temporary shift in the gentle contest between the Conservative movement’s congregational arm and itsRead More


Western Communities Battle Isolation

By Steven I. Weiss

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — A conference this month aimed at reviving Jewish life among communities in the American West turned into a debate between communal and religious leaders over the character of Jewish identity.The conference, Hadesh West, was organized by United Jewish Communities’s Renaissance and Renewal Pillar and brought togetherRead More


Pols Pressure President Over Saudi WTO Entry

Senators and members of the House of Representatives are calling on the Bush administration to oppose Saudi Arabia’s admittance into the World Trade Organization unless the kingdom clearly renounces its support of the Arab boycott against Israel, aggressively cracks down on terrorist financing and improves its human rights record.In two separateRead More


Groups Cheer Senate Passage of Hate-crime Bill

Several Jewish groups last week welcomed the Senate’s approval of a bill that would broaden the federal government’s authority to prosecute criminals who commit acts of violence or intimidation against individuals because of the victim’s gender, disability or sexual orientation.The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, whichRead More


Former Defense Official Offers Grim Mideast View

WASHINGTON — A former undersecretary of defense is saying that Israel is missing an opportunity to leave the territories and has tried the patience of an extremely sympathetic president.In his first interview since leaving the Bush administration, Dov Zakheim’s take on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute was grim.“It’s a huge mistake,”Read More


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