Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
By:
Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Among those who grabbed headlines related to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal surrounding Penn State University’s football program was Graham Spanier, the Jewish university president who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he didn’t properly report the abuse to authorities. Penn State student Felix Aronovich, on the other hand, represents a feel-good Jewish story surrounding the...
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CUBA (JTA) — A Cuban Foreign Ministry official rejected claims by the wife of Alan Gross that the jailed American contractor was in ill health and said Cuba was willing to negotiate his release with U.S. officials. “The state of health of Mr. Gross continues being normal and he regularly does intense physical exercises,” Foreign Ministry official Josefina Vidal said...
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By:
Neil Rubin, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
TULSA, Oklahoma It was an unlikely place, it might seem, for both such a conference and its major sponsors. But for two days the Israel-based Haruv Institute, the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network ran a two-day gathering on child abuse for 85 child maltreat­ment professionals. The Haruv Institute, founded by the Schusterman Foundation-Israel in...
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Edmon J. Rodman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Los Angeles Can ridding oneself of a year's sins really be as simple as tossing a piece of bread into the water? Basically that's Tashlich, or "casting away," a custom that many Jews practice each year at the seashore, lakeshore, stream or even koi pond on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, which falls this year on Sept. 17. Simply...
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By:
Daniel Treiman Jewish Telegraphic Agency
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a prominent (capital-c) Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. The Republicans had Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, a rising...
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