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Guns Gaining Traction in Shuls

(JTA) — On an average Saturday morning at the Orthodox Ohel Tefillah synagogue in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood, about 10 percent of the men carry a handgun. That number...

Kiryas Joel Becomes Official New York Town

(JTA) — The Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel in New York became what is said to be the first official haredi Orthodox town in the United States. Kiryas Joel became...

Jewish Student Leaders Convene in Jerusalem for WUJS Congress

More than 150 student leaders convened in Jerusalem this week for the 45th annual World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Congress, voting to re-elect their chairperson and learning strategies to...

400 Teens From Americas Study Torah at NCSY Yarchei Kallah

During the last few days of 2018, the Ocean Place Resort and Spa on the New Jersey shore became a center of Torah learning for more than 400 teens...

Belgium’s Kosher Slaughter Ban to Take Effect on New Year’s Day

A ban on kosher slaughter in Belgium’s Flanders region will take effect on Tuesday after a law prohibiting animal slaughter was passed last year in the local parliament. “That provinces within Belgium...

Crypto Jews Giving Brazil’s Dwindling Jewish Communities New Lease on Life

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ RECIFE, Brazil (JTA) — Preparing to leave this city’s main Jewish community center, Sabrina Scherb peeks beyond its blast-proof gate into a quiet street strewn with branches...

Rabbi Shimon Bentov in NY, January 6-10

Rabbi Shimon Bentov, shlita, the esteemed mekubal and mezuzah see-er from Jerusalem, the son of Rabbi Moshe Bentov, z’l, will once again be in New York. Don’t miss this...

Reform Rabbinical School Won’t Be Led By a Rabbi

NEW YORK (JTA) —The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has appointed Andrew Rehfeld, a political science professor who has led the Jewish Federation of St. Louis since 2012,...

Baseball Icon Lenny Dykstra Takes on New Hobby: Torah Study

As part of bettering his life since serving six months of a three-year sentence behind bars for grand theft auto and fraud, former World Series champion Lenny Dykstra has...

Rare Jamaican Ketubah to Be Sold at Sotheby’s Auction

(JTA) — A Jewish marriage contract, or ketubah, from 1884 made for a couple married in Kingston, Jamaica will be auctioned as part of a sale of “Important Judaica.” The Sotheby’s catalog...

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Jews of Color Reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019

  (JTA) — For many Jewish organizations, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to talk about the current state of black-Jewish relations. There’s a...

Jewish Community Needs to be Protected, Ocasio-Cortez Says

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the Jewish community needs to be protected against its concerns about antisemitism coming...

Weddings And Other Simchas: The More The Merrier

  By Y. Samuels One night last week, I went to three close family members’ weddings. They all took place in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, so...

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