— Rabbi David Stern of Dallas has been installed as president of the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis, the third generation in his family to hold the title. Stern, 55, the senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, was installed by the rabbinical group as its 61st president on Monday during its annual convention in Atlanta….
This year’s Jewish Genealogical Societies conference took place in Utah because of the Mormon-run Family History Library. David Laskin reports from the peculiar gathering.
For the first time, the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism will be open to outsiders. But leaders say it’s not just a fad — it’s a return to the movement’s core values.
When the main synagogue organization of Conservative Jewry gathers this weekend in Baltimore to celebrate its centennial, there will be a lot to talk about.
Seven Randolph-Macon students learned about the Holocaust and Jewish Culture by traveling through Germany and Austria during January term in 2013. Led by German Professor Joseph Moser, students visited historic sites and learned about the Berlin Wall, experienced authentic German food and culture, and even practiced speaking in German.
Our conference opens with a focus on this dramatic case with Tacoma connections. Maria Altmann was the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, who was famously painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907. Five Klimt paintings owned by the Altmann family were stolen by the Nazis. Maria Altmann went all the way to the Supreme Court in the United States, and then to courts in Austria. She finally secured the return of these five Klimt paintings. The “Portrait of Adele” was then purchased for $135 million by Ronald Lauder, and it now is a centerpiece in his Manhattan museum, the Neue Gallerie. Maria Altmann’s son, Peter, a longtime resident of Tacoma, helped us discover this story. Professor Heather Mathews, who teaches art history at PLU, will show some documentary film footage on this case and lead our discussion.
With his husky voice, a head full of catchy tunes and a story to tell, Jack Savoretti would seem to have everything it takes.
The Anti-Defamation League withdrew from participating in a national Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogue after church leaders asked Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel.
PM Netanyahu and Russian President Putin at Press Conference
Uri Rozenthal - Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Israel. The Dutch government wants expansion of relations with Israel while the government of Prime Minister Netanyahu constantly proves to have paint to basic principles of international law, as well as American and European calls to finally get serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians to begin. The Netherlands supports the way that Israel 45 years ago has taken. As long as Israel keeps all in violation of all international law the Palestinian territories in a rock solid grip, oppressed the Palestinians with military hard hand, promotes emigration of its own population into the occupied territories including East Jerusalem. Israel’s occupation kills Israeli democracy, morally and spiritually. Criticism of Netanyahu comes from the Israeli security of Israel. It is incomprehensible why responsible Dutch parties VVD and CDA have no eye for the Israeli society initiatives that are aimed at serious talks with the Palestinians and halting the construction in the settlements. A majority of Dutch people want the occupation is ended and that the European Union puts pressure on Israel to terminate the settlements. So Rutte, Verhagen and Rozenthal, freeze relations with Israel and boycott all products from illegal Jewish settlements.