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Remembering Ezra Schwartz

Remembering Ezra Schwartz

BOSTON — For some two-and-a-half hours, Ezra Schwartz was remembered for his unbridled joy and passion for life, his deep and ever-widening circle of friends, and his athletic prowess as a champion baseball player and adventure-seeking skier.

The sanctuary of a Boston-area synagogue was filled to capacity, with an estimated 1,000 mourners sitting and standing, according to the Stanestsky Memorial Chapels, and hundreds more stood on the synagogue grounds outside to hear about the “great life” of Schwartz, the 18-year-old American yeshiva student who was killed in a terrorist attack in the West Bank on Nov. 19.


Denverite Gary Saltzman is new B'nai B'rith International president

Denverite Gary Saltzman is new B'nai B'rith International presidentWASHINGTON, DC — Denverite Gary P. Saltzman is the new president of B’nai B’rith International. He was elected Nov. 9 by the board of governors at its annual meeting in Washington, DC. Saltzman immediately begins a three-year term leading the world’s oldest Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. In 40 years as a member of B’nai B’rith International, Saltzman has demonstrated leadership and dedication at the local and international levels of the organization th...

RCA reaffirms rejection of female clergy

RCA reaffirms rejection of female clergyNEW YORK — When America’s main modern Orthodox rabbinical association voted last week to ban the hiring of female clergywomen by its members, the question wasn’t whether to endorse women rabbis. It was whether to widen the group’s well-established rejection of female clergy or keep quiet and focus on finding common ground with modern Orthodox Judaism’s progressive wing.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:10 )


Biennial: State of Reform Judaism

Biennial: State of Reform JudaismNEW YORK — Some 5,000 Reform Jews will gather Nov. 4-8 in Orlando, Fla., for the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism. Read on for more about the movement and its connections to Cincinnati, Detroit, Scarsdale and, yes, Mattoon, Illinois. The movement is led by a pilot and a dancer — both from Scarsdale Two of Reform’s three main institutions, the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the rabbinic school, a...

United to add a San Francisco-Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — United Airlines is adding a San Francisco-Tel Aviv route. United will begin the direct flight in April, the Israeli business daily Globes reported last week. It will offer three flights per week from each airport using Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 passenger jets. United Airlines Israel managing director Avi Friedman told Globes that the opening of the new route was in response to demand from customers, “especially businessmen and high-tech people.”
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Half of Birthright applicants flunked this Israel test – can you do better?

Gabe Friedman To test your own knowledge, try JTA’s interactive quiz made up of 15 of the study’s questions. ... [Link]

The ‘Jewish refugee’ who was a Nazi, and other illuminating facts

Ron Kampeas The United States grappled with how to deal with a refugee crisis, and folks complained that they would harbor hostile infiltrators. Five facts about Jewish refugees hoping for U.S. entry in the 1930s... [Link]

United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

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