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Sim Shalom, the Online Synagogue, Releases a Jazz Inspired High...

25 min 50 sec ago

Sim Shalom, the online synagogue, and founder, Rabbi Steven Blane, announce a new High Holiday CD that fuses the raw emotion of jazz and the traditional liturgy of ancient High Holiday prayer and...

(PRWeb July 22, 2015)

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Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute ordains 9th Class of Rabbis

25 min 50 sec ago

Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute (JSLI) , the Online Rabbinical School of Sim Shalom, held its ordination ceremony in Delray Beach, Florida. Ten new rabbis will now begin their respective...

(PRWeb July 15, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12841194.htm

The Aga Khan; The Singing Monks of Norcia

3 hours 5 min ago

The spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims speaks about poverty, peace, philanthropy, and religious understanding; a chart-topping album conveys the music that is central to Benedictine monastic life.

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Rabbi Barry Freundel Sentence Upheld by Judge in Mikveh Peeping

4 hours 41 min ago
A judge upheld the six-and-a-half-year prison sentence of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi who secretly videotaped dozens of women undressing in the mikvah.

The Aga Khan

5 hours 31 min ago

Around the world there are approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims, who belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Their spiritual leader is the Aga Khan, who traces his ancestors directly back to the Prophet Muhammad. A wealthy philanthropist, he has made it his mission, based on his faith, to fight poverty, encourage peace, and promote religious understanding. We spoke with him in Toronto, where the Aga Khan Museum, the first art museum in North America devoted to Islamic art and culture, recently opened to the public.

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Police Make Arrest in Attack Outside North London Synagogue

11 hours 20 min ago
Police in London arrested a man suspected of accosting an Orthodox Jew outside his synagogue in what witnesses said was an anti-Semitic hate crime.

I'm Here To Perform Yiddish Music — Not Cater to Your Idea of Blackness

14 hours 23 min ago
Anthony Russell loves performing classical Yiddish music. Performing his Jewish audiences’ conventional idea of blackness? Not so much.

Honoring Congregations that are Leading the Way on Disabilities Inclusion

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:48

The Reform Movement is exceptionally proud of Rabbi Lynne Landsberg, senior advisor on disabilities issues at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, who was recently presented with the Thornburgh Family Award in recognition of her years of service on behalf of people with disabilities. As the inaugural recipient of this award, Rabbi Landsberg was honored on July 26, 2015, the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a letter read at the interfaith service at which she was honored, President Barack Obama wrote to Rabbi Landsberg,

“…you have shaped a more inclusive future for generations to come. Your leadership reflects essential beliefs at the core of our Nation’s creed: that all things are possible for all people, and that we all do better when we lift each other up. While our work to uphold fairness and equality is unending, our country is stronger and truer to itself because of the progress leaders like you have inspired.’

Indeed, “shaping a more inclusive future for generations to come” is a value central to the Reform Movement’s work as we create congregational communities that are open and welcoming to all. In honor of this momentous anniversary guaranteeing the legal rights of people with disabilities – and in honor of Rabbi Landsberg’s leadership and contribution – we want to recognize and share the exemplary efforts of our congregations who have made significant effort to become places where people of all abilities can fully participate and belong.

Accordingly, we will be highlighting the achievements of Reform congregations in the area of disabilities inclusion at the URJ Biennial 2015, taking place November 4-8 in Orlando, FL. At the Biennial, URJ member congregations that have made exemplary efforts to increase inclusion in one or more areas of synagogue life will be awarded certificates of recognition.

If this sounds like your congregation, we urge you to apply to become part of this “honor roll.” To learn more, please visit www.disabilitiesinclusion.org or contact Rabbi Edythe Mencher or Joseph Robbins.

'Rhoda' Actress Valerie Harper Rushed to Hospital

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:39
Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night during a performance of her musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” in Maine.

A “Non-Zionist Synagogue”: Who Owns the Flag?

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:14
The term, “non-Zionist synagogue” is problematic. If there can be a “non-Zionist synagogue,” the implication is that there are “Zionist synagogues.” And although individuals may identify themselves as Zionists or not, congregations are neither; they are Jewish — and they welcome people of differing viewpoints, particularly when it comes to Zionism.

Jewish Women’s Eggs are Hot Commodity, But Are they ‘Kosher’?

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:24
Jewish eggs are in high demand and while some Jews seek them out to ensure that their babies are “kosher” with rabbinic authorities, most just want their offspring to be like them.

Orthodox Rabbis To Join Lobbying Push Against Iran Deal

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 07:34
The Orthodox Union is asking hundreds of rabbis to fly to Washington in September to lobby against the Iran nuclear deal.

Radar Uncovers Great Synagogue of Vilna Ruins

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 06:29
A radar survey has found that significant pieces of Lithuania’s largest synagogue complex, which was damaged by the Nazis and destroyed by the Soviets, still remain but are buried underground.

When Jews Hate Jews

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:48
On Tisha B’Av, Abigail Pogrebin wilted during a daylong fast mourning the destruction of the temples. But she learned a precious lesson about the dangers of turning on one’s own people.

Canadian Couple Plotted To Kill Jewish Children at Synagogue

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:28
A Canadian couple convicted of plotting to bomb the British Columbia legislature wanted to infiltrate a synagogue and kill “small Jews” to save the children from going to hell, according to court documents.

Washington's Best-Traveled Synagogue Gets Ready To Move Again

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:00
A historic Washington D.C. synagogue building will be lifted up whole from its foundation and moved — not once but twice. How will this engineering feat, made necessary by a highway and urban renewal project, transform the museum that Adas Israel houses?

In Search of Slovakia’s Jewish Heritage

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:00
Before World War II, the city of Stupava was home to a vibrant Jewish community. Now, one man is trying to revive its heritage, including a unique 200-year-old synagogue.

New York Urged To Probe Poor Standards at Yeshivas

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 19:06
Fifty-two people — former yeshiva students, parents of current yeshiva students and former teachers from schools — reportedly signed a letter sent to New York City education officials expressing “deep concern” about “the poor quality and scant amount of secular education” at the 39 schools with which they say they are affiliated.

Israeli Rabbi Charged With Abusing 13 Women

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:58
A Safed rabbi was indicted on 13 counts of grave sexual crimes against women who had turned to him with religious questions.

Growing Synagogue Spends $15M — With Eye on Possible Decline

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:14
Times are good for Kehillath Israel, the storied Conservative synagogue in this Boston suburb.