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Bail reform debate sharpens

NEW YORK — When a suspect in a series of synagogue attacks in the Riverdale section of the Bronx was released by a judge without bail on May 2, it […]

What Jewish summer camp will look like this year

NEW YORK — Last year at this time, the message out of Jewish summer camps was one of doom and gloom. In April, 2020, the Union for Reform Judaism announced […]

NYC mayoral races argues over yeshiva educations

NEW YORK — When Bill de Blasio ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 and for reelection in 2017, oversight of secular education in haredi Orthodox yeshivas wasn’t...

First hard data: Jews and COVID

NEW YORK — One year after COVID-19 first walloped Jewish communities in the US, a scientific study has established: • COVID restrictions and recommendations work...

COVID vaccine and pregnancy: many confused, afraid

NEW YORK — For much of the last year, the young mothers of Lakewood, NJ have experienced the pandemic as much as a nuisance as a matter of life and […]

Purim 2020 was a lugubrious Jewish turning point; little change in 2021

NEW YORK — In any other year, the mask-decorating party planned for later this month at Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid in Broomall, Pa. would make perfect sense:...

Deaths of major rabbis leaves Orthodoxy reeling

JERUSALEM — Four times on Sunday, Jan. 31, Orthodox men carried the body of a beloved Torah scholar wrapped in a black and white prayer shawl through the streets of...

Abayudaya may not come on aliyah

NEW YORK — American Jews with ties to a small community of Jews in Uganda are condemning the Israeli Interior Ministry’s decision to reject the right of those Jews...

Buyer’s remorse among Trump supporters?

NEW YORK — Much of the American Orthodox community had lined up behind Trump ahead of the election. Polls showed Orthodox voters supporting him by overwhelming...

Anti-Semitism ‘Cow’ takes Twitter to task

NEW YORK — An anonymous Twitter account that “mooed” at anti-Semitic tweeters before quitting the platform returned Jan. 4 to take the platform to task one last...