Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

A new survey of American Jews prompted much buzz this week, much of it focused on the level of support for President Barack Obama's re-election (62 percent). But more important in the long run are the findings in the Public Religion Research Institute survey about what drives Jewish identity and behavior. The most popular quality cited was "a commitment to...
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Next week's presidential elections in Egypt and the reconvening of international talks with Iran in Baghdad could have far-reaching implications for the United States, Israel, the Middle East and beyond. When the Egyptians go to the polls, they will be choosing among an array of candidates who hold vastly divergent views of the role of Islam and what their new...
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Israel officially celebrated its 64th birthday last month, in conjunction with the Hebrew calendar. But the English date was this week -- May 14 -- and to mark the occasion, the Jewish Federation, along with the Jewish Exponent and other sponsors, is throwing a big party on Sunday. The Penn's Landing event also coincides with the 45th anniversary of the...
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Nathan Diament
For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths') parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges, the American Jewish community finds its schools under greater financial stress than ever. This reality, alongside the solidification of court rulings upholding government aid programs and a...
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Dana Evan Kaplan
Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained earlier this month at Temple Emanu-El in New York. The key word here is "ordained." Since the cantorial school was established at HUC in 1948, cantors have been invested rather than ordained. The difference, as JTA put it, was more than "a word." It...
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