Friday, October 7, 2011

May you be inscribed in the book of life.

G'mar Chatimah Tova

Three women's rights activists share Nobel Peace Prize

(L-R) Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee
This year's Nobel Peace Prize is shared between three women, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and rights activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen, the Nobel committee in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, announced Friday.

The women were awarded the prize "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work," the committee said. --  the CNN Wire Staff

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Synagogue Is Home to Displaced Sikhs

Gurdwara members praying beneath the triangular orange pennant
known as the Nishan Sahib, a symbol of their faith,
during their founder's day celebration in April.

In a gift coincidentally timed to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Temple Beth Elohim has offered its social hall for use by the members of the Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Center, which has been shuttered for months by a slew of code violations. -- Joe Dowd, Plainview, NY Patch

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Israel's Jewish champion of the Arab tongue

       Shlomo Alon in his office at the Ministry of Education

Shlomo Alon, retiring after 25 years as head of Arabic studies in the Israeli Ministry of Education, maintains it's essential to retain the language in the core curriculum. --Rivka Borochov, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. rise for first time since ‘04

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased for the first time since 2004, according to the Anti-Defamation League's annual audit.

The ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released Tuesday showed that there were 1,239 incidents in 2010, up slightly from the 1,211 reported the previous year. The audit tracks assaults, vandalism and harassment reported during the calendar year in 45 states and the District of Columbia. --JTA

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Israel Bonds now available online

Israel Bonds, which many synagogues pitch during the High Holidays, can now be purchased online.

The Development Corporation for Israel/State of Israel Bonds has launched an e-commerce site <>  that its board chairman, Richard Hirsch, lauded for its functionality and expediency.

“Supporting Israel by investing in Israel Bonds has never been easier," Hirsch said in Tuesday's announcement of the site.

The site also can generate gift cards. -- JTA

Israel's Daniel Shechtman wins 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry

The Nobel Committee announces Daniel Shechtman
as the winner of the 2011 prize for chemistry.
Photo by: AP

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman has been named as the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the award panel for the prestigious prize announced Wednesday. He was awarded the prize for his discovery of patterns in atoms called quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible. -- Asaf Shtull-Trauring, Haaretz and Reuters

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Israeli High Court petition urges civil marriage

Marriage without rabbi possible?  Photo: Shutterstock

Twelve organizations accuse government of violating basic human rights of hundreds of thousands of "religion-less" Israelis by preventing them from getting married. -- Kobi Nahshoni, Ynetnews

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Majority of Israelis support non-Orthodox marriages, survey finds

Some 62 percent of Jewish Israelis believe that civil and non-Orthodox marriages should be recognized in their country, according to a new survey.

The Israel Religion and State Index 2011 conducted for the Hiddush-Freedom of Religion in Israel organization, also found that 61 percent of the Jewish public supports equal recognition of conversions of all streams of Judaism. -- JTA

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Facing Economic Hardship, U.S. Jews Increasingly Finding Help at Shul

Robin Gorelick and her family were helped out by Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, Calif.,after the economic downturn in 2009. (Courtesy Robin Gorelick)
Across the country, American Jews increasingly are turning to their synagogues for help weathering these tough economic times. Rabbis and synagogue leaders are working to figure out how they can best help community members in need.  -- Danielle Fleischman, JTA

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Jew Returns to Libya after 44-Year Exile

Inside Dar Bishi synagogue. 'It's not over' (Photo: Reuters)

David Gerbi says has dreamed of restoring Tripoli synagogue for 10 years, when smoke from New York's burning twin towers evoked one of most powerful memories of his Libyan childhood‬‬. -- ‪Reuters‬

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Review French Railway Case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the descendants of Jews deported during World War II who want to sue a French railway in American courts. -- JTA

US Supreme Court Building
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Temple Mines for Members

Rabbi Laurence Sebert, left, and Bradley Tusk.
Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal
Mr. [ Bradley] Tusk, along with Gary Ginsberg, a veteran of the Clinton White House and a founding editor of the magazine George, wants to turn his conservative synagogue, Town & Village on 14th Street, into the destination temple for young, unaffiliated Jewish Manhattanites.

The two men have carried out a campaign to target would-be members in time for the High Holidays, which began Wednesday evening with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. -- Jo Piazza, Wall Street Journal

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Ralph Steinman Wins Posthumous Nobel

Alexis Steinman, daughter of deceased 2011 Nobel Prize
in medicine winner Ralph Steinman,
speaks at a press conference
in front of a photo of her father at Rockefeller University.
Getty Images
As a result of some unusual timing, the Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded posthumously to scientist Ralph M. Steinman. Steinman, a Canadian-born researcher who worked at Rockefeller University, died of pancreatic cancer on September 30, but word of his passing did not reach the Nobel Committee in Sweden before it announced the award today. The Nobel Committee does not grant posthumous awards. --Renee Ghert-Zand, Forward

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More Miracles from the Holy Land: Divers Find Life in the Dead Sea

A team of scientific researcher-divers has discovered what may be the ultimate oxymoron: life at the bottom of the Dead Sea. National Geographic has an amazing report on the expedition, said to be the first-ever scientific dive to the depths of the world’s lowest spot.

What they found was a series of craters on the sea floor, from which fresh water spews out from underground springs. Colonies of bacteria live at the mouths of the craters. -- J.J. Goldberg, Forward

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California Strikes Bids to Ban Circumcision

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prevents the state's municipalities from banning male circumcision.

Brown announced Sunday that he had signed the measure, which takes effect immediately.
-- JTA

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Beit Shemesh Demonstrators Try to Take Back Neighbourhood

Almost 2,000 residents of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds packed Herzog Boulevard Sunday evening in a demonstration of unity against those they see as terrorizing the neighbourhood in the name of religion. The main slogan of the evening was: “Beit Shemesh is for all of us.” -- Atara Beck, Jewish Tribune, Toronto

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Study Shows Young Conservative Rabbis Still Connected to Israel

Steven M. Cohen
Responding to recent claims that liberal Jews and non-Orthodox rabbis turning their backs on Israel, American-Israeli sociologist Steven M. Cohen published a study examining attitudes of older, recent and current rabbinical students at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary. -- Raphael Ahren, Haaretz

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Overtime--Two Day Holidays Increasingly Hard to Observe

Margarita Korol
The second day of some Jewish holidays is mandated by rabbinic tradition, not Torah law. In today's world, they’re increasingly hard to observe.  -- Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Tablet

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Israel's Top 45 Greatest Inventions of All Time

The SanDisk display shows
how one tiny device can hold as much data
as a stack of floppy disks.
Photo courtesy of Bloomfield Science Museum
One of Israel's sources of pride is the enormous number of inventions and innovations that have taken root on its soil over 63 years -- despite challenges of geography, size and diplomacy. The ever-churning Israeli mind has brought us drip irrigation, the cherry tomato, the electric car grid, the Disk-on-Key and much more.

Included on this list are:
#7 EpiLady, the first electric hair remover (epilator), secured its leading position in the international beauty care market and since 1986 has sold almost 30 million units.
#16 Disk-on-Key, the ubiquitous little portable storage device made by SanDisk, was invented by Dov Moran as an upgraded version of disk and diskette technology through the use of flash memory and USB interface for connection to personal computers. -- Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

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Daniel and Lauren Gross Take on Cantorial Duties at Two congregations

Daniel Gross, 34, and his wife, Lauren Gross, 38, sing at Adat Shalom,
a Conservative synagogue in Farmington Hills, where he is the cantor.
Lauren Gross is a cantorial soloist at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township.
Jessica J. Trevino/Detroit Free Press
They were successful opera singers, performing in prestigious concert halls across the country and heralded for their voices by the New York Times....

Today, Daniel Gross, 34, is the cantor at Adat Shalom, a Conservative synagogue in Farmington Hills. Lauren Gross, 38, is a cantorial soloist at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township, substituting for a cantor on leave. -- Niraj Warikoo,Detroit Free Press

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month--Learn, Support and Act

To learn more about breast cancer, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the sponsoring organizations, please click on the following links.