April 16, 2014 RSS feed / World News

From farm to Passover table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

NEW YORK __ In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clock producing matzah in the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once.  More...

Wesleyan Jewish students supporting ‘Open Hillel’

The Hillel-affiliated Wesleyan Jewish Community announced its “solidarity with, and support of, the Open Hillel movement.”  The statement issued April 2 was signed by three current Jewish student leaders and nine former Jewish studen More...

Kosher nightclub set for Moscow

A Russian Jewish group is opening a kosher nightclub, the Shachar Club, in the center of Moscow, according to the Russian-language Israeli news site izrus.co.il. More...

Are Iberia’s pseudo Passovers all about the ‘afiko-money?’

In the center of the medieval Portuguese town of Medelim, two newlyweds in Sephardic wedding clothes are serenaded by a musical ensemble performing Ladino music. More...

Rabbis’ mass head-shaving raises nearly $600K for Cancer Research

NEW YORK - Some 73 North American rabbis came home from their annual conference looking slightly (or drastically) different than when they left for Chicago earlier this month.  More...

Quebec party loses; sought to ban kippahs

The separatist Parti Quebecois government, which campaigned on a divisive charter that roiled the Quebec Jewish community, was beaten soundly in provincial elections.  More...

Burgas bomber was working for Hezbollah

Bulgaria’s interior minister said he is certain that Hezbollah was behind the deadly 2012 bombing of a tour bus in Burgas.  “All traces lead there,” Tsvetlin Yovchev told journalists, according to the Sofia News Agency. More...

New siddur for Jews in military

There is a new prayer book developed for use by Jews in the U.S. military. Reform, Orthodox and Conservative rabbis cooperated in creating the prayer book, which was commissioned by the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council. More...

Ugandan Jewish community breaking apart over religious dispute

NABUGOYE, Uganda—On Fridays at sundown, the Jewish residents of this village set amid the lush hills of eastern Uganda gather in the synagogue to greet Shabbat.  More...

New Reform movement camp combining science and Judaism

NEW YORK—At most Union for Reform Judaism overnight camps and youth programs, girls account for at least half, if not more, of the campers.  Outside the Orthodox community, Jewish institutions often struggle to attract and retain boys.&nbs More...

In Hobby Lobby contraceptive case, arguing about kosher butchers

WASHINGTON—For 20 or so minutes, the issue of religious freedom was cast as a struggle between working women and Muslim and Jewish butchers.  The pointed questions posed to the Obama administration’s chief lawyer by three U.S. More...