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JTA – Pork is officially off the menu at U.S. federal prisons. With the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, the 206,000 inmates housed in 122 federal penitentiaries are no longer being served pork products. Edmond Ross, a spokesman for … more
JNS.ORG – Hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hundreds of thousands of challahs, candlesticks, and zemirot (Jewish songs). Havdalah. From Oct. 23-24, Jews of all ages, levels of religious observance and geographic locations will come … more
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While preparing for Sukkot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply. For a holiday also called “the season of our joy,” one … more
(Kveller via JTA) – For many Jewish parents, the challenges they face raising their children include choosing between Jewish and public schools, planning bar and bat mitzvahs and staying sane while planning big Shabbat dinners. But for … more
It is bad enough when two Jewish congregations seriously disagree with one another, but when they seek to settle their differences through legal means – indeed, in federal district court – it becomes even sadder. To some litigants and many … more
As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating flood in Houston, which hit Jewish-heavy neighborhoods particularly hard, JNS.org was (in my own estimation) conspicuously late to join the reporting. That is … more
Eighteen-year-olds have a habit of forming close, family-like relationships with each other. It’s rare, however, that Israeli and American teenagers living thousands of miles apart have the chance to create such bonds. But this year, 25 teens have … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – A prominent Brooklyn rabbi who left the clergy last year has taken a leadership post at a major cultural and community center in New York. Andy Bachman, the spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Elohim in the Park Slope … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study offers a trove of data on American Jews based on interviews with 35,071 American adults, 847 of whom identified their faith as Jewish. Here are … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – Almost as soon as news of Nepal’s devastating earthquake reached the wider world, Jewish aid groups began mobilizing humanitarian efforts to help the victims. In Israel, that meant dispatching first responders to Nepal; in … more
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