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The Bitter End, Iconic Jazz Club, to Host Global Rosh Hashanah Service...

56 min 33 sec ago

World’s Only Purely Virtual Synagogue Melds Jazz with Jewish Holiday Observance

(PRWeb August 25, 2015)

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Sim Shalom Online Synagogue Announces Two New Board of Directors

56 min 33 sec ago

Sim Shalom Announces Daniela Taitel and Heidi Raker Have Joined Its Board of Directors

(PRWeb August 04, 2015)

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The Wagner Opera That's OK for Jews To Love

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:00
It is no accident that ‘Tristan und Isolde’ was Exhibit A for breaking Israel’s ban on Richard Wagner’s music. A.J. Goldmann writes it’s hard not to like the opera that opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival.

Is the New 'Star Wars' Villain a Nazi?

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:42
The Star Wars franchise is chock-full of World War II allusions. Will the upcoming sequel continue in that noble tradition? Director J.J. Abrams hinted at the possibilities in a recent interview.

Matisyahu Plays Show in Synagogue Near Auschwitz

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:49
Three days after a performing at a reggae festival in Spain that had previously disinvited him, Matisyahu brought his music to a synagogue near the gates of Auschwitz.

Chris Christie Blasts Iran Deal With Shmuley Boteach

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:54
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a news conference alongside Jewish leaders including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach urged Congress to block the Iran nuclear deal.

Matisyahu Flap Shows Europe Jews Are Targeted Over Israel

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:48
A Spanish music festival’s recent decision to rescind its invitation to the American reggae singer Matisyahu, after he declined to endorse a Palestinian state, brought international attention to a phenomenon that many European Jews have been feeling for years: that they are being targeted for Israel’s actions.

Hundreds of Rabbis Sign Petition Against Iran Deal

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 06:50
Hundreds of United States rabbis, from all major Jewish streams, signed a letter urging members of Congress to oppose the Iran nuclear deal, writing that the hope for a good deal “is not yet realized.”

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

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 03:09

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)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12860191.htm

Rabbis Say Reporting Child Sex Abuse Is Must for Ultra-Orthodox

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:47
More than 100 haredi Orthodox rabbis and teachers in the United States have signed a proclamation saying that Jewish law obligates all Jews to report suspected child sex abuse to the authorities.

Yosi Piamenta, a Virtuoso Guitarist Who Reshaped Jewish Music

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:55
Yosi Piamenta was as virtuoso guitarist who had a long career performing original music as well as traditional Israeli and Arabic songs arranged in his signature style.

Rabbi Freundel Victimized My Wife — But I Don't Want Him in Solitary Confinement

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 13:05
When Jeffrey Shulevitz found out that his wife was among the victims of Barry Freundel’s voyeurism, he cheered the rabbi’s imprisonment. But solitary confinement is another story.

Matisyahu Performs 'Jerusalem' in Spain Amid Palestinian Protests

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 08:47
American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu sang his famous song “Jerusalem” as protesters waved Palestinian flags at a music festival in Spain.

Washington Jewish Women Reclaim Mikvah with Mural

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 20:33
A new mural in a DC area mikveh is allowing Barry Freundel’s ‘shattered’ congregants to put the pieces back together and restore sanctity to ritual bath.

Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary; The Dalai Lama at 80

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:40

Rebuilding continues a decade after the devastating floods, and New Orleans communities of faith see hope amidst the tragedy; and old age has not diminished the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader’s role as an advocate for world peace and inner happiness

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He's Saying Hashem, But It Sounds Like Hare Krishna

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:00
Andrew Hahn, aka the Kirtan Rabbi, isn’t the first to perform the call-and-response chants known as Kirtan. But he may be the first to bring Kirtan to Jewish practice.

Matisyahu Concert Cancelers Did Us a Favor

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 17:40
A Spanish music festival’s decision to nix a Matisyahu concert may not seem like cause for Jewish celebration. But, Jared Samilow asks, what if it’s an example of BDS overplaying its hand?

Is the World Ready for a Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Talk Show?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:00
Somewhere between Dr. Phil and Oprah Winfrey, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will stake his claim to TV talk show stardom. Alexandra Levine checks in with Boteach as he nears the debut of ‘Divine Intervention.’

Matisyahu Festival Ban Reversed After Outcry

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:30
A Spanish reggae festival, bowing to an international outcry, on Wednesday reversed its decision to cancel an invitation to an American Jewish musician because he had failed to spell out his views on Palestinian statehood.

The Call to Californians: Act to End Racial Injustice

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:00

By Rabbi Paul Kipnes

When the call came to drop everything and fly cross-country to highlight the racial injustice that still exists in America, nearly 200 Reform rabbis answered.  We put personal and work lives on hold to retrace the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery and beyond.

Now we rabbis ask all Californians to drop everything for 5 minutes between August 24th and 28th to contact your state senators to eradicate racial injustice. Suggested talking points and email/phone contact information are at http://action.rac.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21143.

Will you answer the call and make your call?

Dropping Everything

I and other Reform Rabbis each carried the Torah scroll on part of the NAACP’s 40-day Journey for Justice. We responded to Jewish tradition: “A person should use his/her face, hands, and feet only to honor the Creator” (Tosefta Brachot 4:1).

Walking with my daughter Rachel, I opened myself to the experiences of fellow marchers; with my eyes and ears, I looked and listened. I learned from them about the dangerous reality of being a person of color in America. It horrified me.

While in God’s eyes we are all btzelem Elohim (equally in God’s image) on the inside, so many Americans are mistreated on the basis of their skin color on the outside. Yet without hard proof, I realize, many Americans will still doubt this truth.

Seeking a Clearer Picture

I urge my fellow Californians to support two state fair policing bills.  AB 953 (racial and identity profiling) require police officers to report basic information about all stops they make.  AB 71 (police use of force) requires police officers to report on any use of force resulting in death or serious bodily injury.

The police departments of Oakland and San Jose and the CA Highway Patrol already collect and report this data voluntarily. The San Diego police department discovered that Blacks were searched three times as much twice as much as white were searched. However, the Blacks and Hispanics searched were found less likely to have engaged in criminal activity.

Reform CA’s B’yachad (“In It Together”) Campaign supports AB 953 and AB 71 because as Jews we cannot live with dignity when other Californians, particularly people of color, are not afforded the same dignity.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes is spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA.

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