JBuzz Musings July 29, 2013: After elections for Israel’s chief rabbis calls for reform, inclusion linger

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After elections for Israel’s chief rabbis calls for reform, inclusion linger (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

This past Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Israel’s long and bitterly fought race to elect the next chief rabbis ended with the election Rabbi David Lau, 47 as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, 61 as the Sephardic Chief Rabbi…READ MORE
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JBuzz Musings July 22, 2013: Growing Jewish-Catholic dialogue under Pope Francis

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Growing Jewish-Catholic dialogue under Pope Francis (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The installation of a new pope this past March 13, 2013 is ushering in a new era in Jewish-Catholic relations. Pope Francis formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 of Argentina had been committed as a cardinal to…READ MORE

JBuzz News July 14, 2013: Hillel taps Eric Fingerhut, former congressman, as CEO and president

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Hillel taps Eric Fingerhut, former congressman, as CEO and president

Source: JTA, 7-14-13

Eric Fingerhut, a former U.S. congressman and leader of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges, has been tapped to serve as the next president and CEO of Hillel….READ MORE

JBuzz Features July 14, 2013: Observing Tisha B’Av to rebuild Jerusalem – morally and spiritually

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Observing Tisha BAv to rebuild Jerusalem – morally and spiritually

Source: Haaretz, 7-14-13

Eicha? How? How could this have happened? This is the question that pervades the liturgy of Tisha B’Av – the annual fast commemorating the destruction of the Temples – which we mark this coming Tuesday….READ MORE

JBuzz Musings July 14, 2013: Women of the Wall face ultra-Orthodox protests at Kotel

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Women of the Wall face ultra-Orthodox protests at Kotel

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Monday, July 8, the Women of the Wall faced more protests from Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox during their monthly prayer meeting at the Kotel, Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel. After a reprieve from protests for one month the…READ MORE

JBuzz Features July 12, 2013: Tisha B’Av: An unloved Jewish holiday gets a makeover

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Tisha BAv: An unloved Jewish holiday gets a makeover

Source: Religion News Service, 7-12-13

(RNS) Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement. But Tisha B’Av? Translated as the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, it counts as one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar….READ MORE

JBuzz Features July 11, 2013: The Hero of Tisha B’Av?

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The Hero of Tisha BAv?

Source: The Jewish Press, 7-11-13

In this season of the Three Weeks, as we approach Tisha B’Av, perhaps it is worth re-examining the story told in the Gemara and the version found in the Midrash, and particularly the role of Rabbi Zechariah ben Avkulos….READ MORE

JBuzz Features July 9, 2013: How Tisha b’Av Turns Into A Holiday

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How Tisha bAv Turns Into A Holiday

Source: The Jewish Week, 7-9-13

We give credence and added strength to Zechariah’s prophecy by changing and lightening the foreboding character of Tisha b’Av (the ninth day of the 10th month), rising from our shiva stools (we must sit on the ground on Tisha b’Av) at mid-day….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 4, 2013: AVI CHAI Foundation awards nearly $2 million to Conservative day schools

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Nearly $2 million awarded to Conservative day schools

Source: JTA, 7-4-13

The AVI CHAI Foundation awarded nearly $2 million to support the Conservative movement’s Solomon Schechter network of Jewish day schools….READ MORE

JBuzz Musings July 2, 2013: Jewish Tribune experiences backlash from Gilad Shalit criticism

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Jewish Tribune experiences backlash from Gilad Shalit criticism (Photos)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On June 18, 2013, the Jewish Tribune published a blistering critic of Gilad Shalit’s upcoming speaking tour to Canada sponsorded by Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada. The Jewish Tribune is the newspaper associated the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith…READ MORE