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Israeli and American rabbis call on Bennet and Biden to take climate change seriously at UN conference – St. Louis Jewish Light

| November 4, 2021

(JTA) Rabbis in the United States and in Israel called on the leaders of their countries to take the issue of climate change seriously ahead of a gathering of world leaders to address the issue. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet will attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which began in Glasgow, Scotland Sunday. A group of major Israeli Orthodox rabbis, largely from the Modern Orthodox community, wrote a letter calling on Bennet to treat climate change as a matter of the utmost importance in a letter Friday

Park East: Fired rabbi says accusations of synagogue coup are completely unfounded, and personally hurtful – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| November 4, 2021

NEW YORK (JTA) In his first public comments since being fired from Park East Synagogue two weeks ago, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt defended himself against charges of an insurrection and illegal activity and raised concerns about his former congregations future.

RIETS Celebrates Ordination of 150 Rabbis at First Chag HaSemikhah Since COVID Began – The Commentator – The Commentator

| November 4, 2021

150 former semikha students celebrated their formal rabbinic ordination this past Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminarys (RIETS) triennial Chag HaSemikhah convocation.

As Covid vaccines for kids arrive, these rabbis are ready with new prayers J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| November 4, 2021

When Rabbi Lisa Gelber heard that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5-11, she couldnt wait for the moment that her daughter would get the shot. But she also knew her daughter was scared of needles.

Interfaith leaders urge UNs COP26 to adopt the Plant Based Treaty – The Jerusalem Post

| November 4, 2021

Over 100 interfaith leaders and dozens of faith-based organizations issued a strong message urging COP26 Climate Summit delegates to adopt the Plant Based Treaty a call to encourage the adoption of vegan and plant-based diets worldwide as a companion to the Paris Agreement. Among the interfaith leaders were former Chief Rabbi of Ireland Rabbi David Rosen and Rev. Shad Groverland, Executive Director of the global organization Unity Worldwide Ministries

A turning point: 3 years on, US rabbis reflect on Pittsburgh synagogue attack – The Times of Israel

| November 4, 2021

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, during Shabbat morning services, a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburghs quiet Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Eleven people were killed in the attack, recorded as the deadliest that the American Jewish community has ever known

She just loved learning – The Jewish Standard

| November 4, 2021

One of the happiest nights I ever spent in synagogue was May 16, 2011, when my fellow congregants and I gathered to watch that nights episode of Jeopardy! One of the members of our shul, Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, was a contestant, but of course Rabbi Joyce Newmark, hadnt been able to tell us the results of a game, which had been taped months before. She sat stone-faced as her televised self ripped through category after category and nailed the Final Jeopardy! question: What is liberal arts? When it sunk in that she had won the game and $29,200 the social hall erupted.

Rabbi calls on mayor to ban gay lecturers and teachers from working in his city – PinkNews

| November 4, 2021

A lesbian couple hold hands at Tel Aviv Pride. (David Silverman/Getty) A rabbi in Israel has called on a local mayor to ban gay lecturers and teachers from working in the city of Rishon LeZion. Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, a Rishon LeZion councillor and regional chairman of the Shas Party, wrote a letter to mayor Raz Kinstlich where he hit out at gay lecturers and teachers in the region, according to theJerusalem Post.

Sexual assault, corruption and now murder: The terrible cost of protecting Israel’s ultra-Orthodox autonomy – Haaretz

| November 4, 2021

At the beginning of this week, Meir Shitrit was informed by a rabbi that after waiting 36 years for his missing brother Nissim to come home, he can finally sit shiva and say kaddish for him. Read that sentence again. It sounds full of compassion

500 years after the Inquisition, Spain finally has a vibrant kosher wine industry – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| November 4, 2021

MADRID (JTA) Located in the Priorat region of Spain, hidden in the steep hills and lush mountains of the Tarragona province, 100 miles southwest of Barcelona, sits the Celler de Capanes winery. The cooperative winery, founded in 1933, has seen its reputation for high-end vintages grow steadily over the decades


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