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Sue Fishkoff, JTA
Sue Fishkoff, JTA

Jews, Muslims study other’s texts

BERKELEY, Calif. — Judaism is a harsh, exacting faith condemning rebellious children to death by stoning. Islam exhorts Muslims to kill non-believers. Neither...

Texting and tweeting at temple

SAN FRANCISCO — Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, Nev., webcasts its Bar and Bat Mitzvah services for family and friends who cannot attend. The preschool director at...

Classical Reform takes a stand

SAN FRANCISCO  — Seventy-year-old Harold Eichenbaum doesn’t think much of kashrut. He grew up in Texas, Reform like his parents and grandparents, and was confirmed at...

Sukkah sacked at Stanford

SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford University’s Jewish community celebrated the first night of Sukkot eating the traditional festive meal inside the sukkah it puts up every...

URJ’s biennial to look outward to interfaith, rights of Israeli Arabs

SAN FRANCISCO — A newly restructured and slimmed down Union for Reform Judaism will focus on interfaith relations and the rights of Israeli Arabs at its biennial...

JIMENA advocates on behalf of Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

New film documents the mass 1948 exodus Jews from Arab lands

SAN FRANCISCO — Joseph Samuels, born Yosef Sasson in Baghdad, was 18 when he fled Iraq for the new state of Israel. It was 1949, and life was becoming increasingly...

Camps embrace shades of Judaism

PETALUMA, Calif.  — Dafna Wu, a 48-year-old San Francisco nurse, resembles her Chinese father more than her Jewish mother. She’s been Jewish her whole life, but...

No baloney in this man’s mission to save the Jewish deli

SAN FRANCISCO — Chicago and Cleveland have the best corned beef. Detroit is tops for rye bread. The best smoked meat is in Montreal, and for pastrami, you can’t touch...

Subway at the J no longer a novelty

SAN FRANCISCO — What’s the largest kosher restaurant chain? Mendy’s? Six branches, seven if you count the meat and dairy counters at New York City’s Grand Central...

Kashrut supervisor sees gender as a plus

SAN FRANCISCO — Evelyn Prizont does it for the glamor. “And the respect,” she adds with a smirk. Prizont, an Orthodox woman in her early 40s, is a mashgicha, a female...