Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

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Ben Sales, JTA
In the wake of last week's Chief Rabbinate election, which saw the defeat of a popular reformist candidate and the victory of two sons of former haredi Orthodox chief rabbis, several groups are pushing to provide alternative services in hopes of circumventing Israel's entrenched religious establishment.
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Local participants were among those accompanying the last Falash Mura who are being brought to Israel.
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Federation currently allocates more than $115,000 to fund three programs that help Ethiopian Israelis make a successful adjustment to life in Israel.
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Two local synagogue baseball leagues bring together Jews across the religious spectrum.
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A 13-member group of local African-American and Jewish leaders spent a week in Israel exploring issues and visiting historical sites..
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