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The history of Hasidism: A New History by those who wrote it – Forward

| January 31, 2020

Editors Note: In 2018, the Forward published this essay raising concerns about female representation in Jewish Studies, focused on a 2017 book about Hasidism. One of its authors responded this month with a broader critique of diversity in the field.

JUF News | The Color of Love – Jewish United Fund

| January 31, 2020

In her debut memoir, The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl,independent film and television producer Marra B. Gad tells a deeply compelling story about her life as an adopted, biracial Jew growing up in Chicago in the 1970s. Told she was not "black enough" for black spaces, Gad simultaneously faced racism in the Jewish community--even within her own family.

The Jewish religion is indeed intertwined with Zionism – The Jerusalem Post

| January 31, 2020

A fascinating debate occurred last month in Jerusalem during the launch event of Dr. Asaf Malachs book From the Bible to the Jewish State The Cycles of Jewish Nationalism and the Israeli Polemic.Responding to Malachs analysis that shows how Jewish nationalism was always core to Judaism itself, famed Israeli author AB Yehoshua argued that the linkage with the Jewish religion has been detrimental to Jewish nationalism, and that it has downgraded the homeland gene, which according to Yehoshua is the basis of every nationality.

RHV Calendar | Rutland Reader – Rutland Herald

| January 31, 2020

Thursday 30 January Motivational Interviewing Training. Learn techniques to motivate change in behaviors with Jess Guardado, social work manager, RRMC. Refreshments provided.

Synagogue service times: Week of January 31 | Synagogues – Cleveland Jewish News

| January 31, 2020

Conservative AGUDATH BNAI ISRAEL: Meister Road at Pole Ave., Lorain. Mark Jaffee, Ritual Director.

Trove of Jewish artifacts discovered beneath a synagogue destroyed by Nazis during WWII – Livescience.com

| January 31, 2020

A historic synagogue near Krakw, Poland, was mostly destroyed by Nazis during World War II, but a secret hoard of precious ritual objects that was hidden there remained undetected and undisturbed until now. Recently, restorers at the Old Synagogue, an 18th-century temple in Wieliczka, Poland, unexpectedly found a cache of Jewish artifacts and other silver items in a large, wooden crate that had been concealed under the floor.

No Arrest Coming in Washington Hebrew Congregation Preschool Sexual Abuse Case – The Daily Beast

| January 31, 2020

A high-profile case of alleged child sex abuse at a prominent Washington, D.C., synagogue is closing with no apparent charges, leaving the childrens families furious and pushing for further investigation. Emails obtained by The Daily Beast show prosecutors from the U.S. Attorneys Office of the District of Columbia reached out to families this week to say they are closing the case of Jordan Silverman, a former teacher at the venerated Washington Hebrew Congregation's preschool who was accused of sexually abusing more than a dozen children in his care.

Netanyahu is glad his court will be in Jerusalem, where the judges go to synagogue – Haaretz

| January 31, 2020

In recent weeks, after realizing that the Knesset would never grant him immunity in the corruption cases against him, Benjamin Netanyahu expressed a degree of satisfaction with the fact that he would be tried in the Jerusalem District Court rather than in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu seems to believe he would fare better in a Jerusalem court, where more judges are religious and/or right-wing, than in Tel Aviv. The Basic Law on the Government says a prime minister will be tried by a three-judge panel in Jerusalem

Email ‘phishing’ scam targets Bay Area rabbis and their congregants – The Jewish News of Northern California

| January 31, 2020

A new wave of a popular email scam has hit the Bay Area, with scammers posing as local rabbis to extort gift cards from the unsuspecting.

Red paint found on synagogue in Finland – Arutz Sheva

| January 31, 2020

Red paint was found on the facade of a synagogue in Finland in what some fear may have been an anti-Semitic incident, JTA reported on Wednesday. The speckles and blotches of paint were found on the synagogue of Turku, which is situated 70 miles west of the capital Helsinki, on Sunday, according to the report


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