Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Passover

Have a Happy and Meaningful Passover
Ba'Olam will return on Wednesday, April 11

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Streit’s Matzo, on the lower East Side since 1925, keeps business in the family

Owner Alan Adler hires extra rabbis to keep up with production for Passover
Alan Adler, owner of Streit's Matzo store and factory in the lower East Side
 Streit’s Matzo has been baking on the same corner of Rivington St. for 87 years.

Surrounded by the trendy eateries and bars that have taken over the lower East Side in recent years, Streit’s is a reminder of what the neighborhood once was.

“We think it’s important to maintain our history and our roots,” says owner Alan Adler, 60. “The neighborhood is changing. We’re one of the last holdouts from the early 20th century.”

With two of his cousins, Adler — great-grandson of founder Aron Streit — runs the family business, which consists of a retail store and factory stretched across four tenement buildings.

All three grew up in the factory and have fond memories of a place that has remained largely unchanged since Streit, a baker from Austria, opened it in 1925. -- Sanna Chu, NY Daily News

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Ersatz Passover Seders: Jesus On The Menu for "Jews for Jesus"

For Passover, the cheerful voice on the radio invites me and all other Jews in Central Florida to a "traditional family Seder" at an upscale hotel in this city's bustling tourist corridor.

The menu, prepared by the sponsoring Congregation Gesher Shalom, features the spring festival's familiar food, singing and dancing. Oh, and also Jesus, known by his Hebrew name, Yeshua.

Led by Messianic Jews -- who accept Jesus as their savior, and want others to do the same -- the dinner services are aimed at gullible, lonely or separated Jews with no other place to observe the normally home-based holiday. They'll even be using a special Messianic Passover Haggadah that explains how Jesus would have celebrated the holiday, and notes similarities between the Seder and the Last Supper.

Yes, once again, 'tis the season for ersatz Passover Seders.

These bait-and-switch services are often held at evangelical churches, which may not be as open as Gesher Shalom about their proselytizing goals, have emerged over the past 15 years. They are much different from the more venerable, ecumenical "model Seders" held at mainline churches a week or two before the actual holiday, often with the participation of traditional Jewish rabbis and members of their congregations, designed to demonstrate the meaning and symbolism of Passover. -- Mark I. Pinsky, Huffington Post

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Israeli medicine goes to pot

A worker tends to cannabis plants grown for medical purposes at a facility near Safed.
Photo by Abir Sultan/Flash90
Israel has one of the most progressive medical marijuana programs in the world. For thousands of Israelis suffering cancer, MS, Crohn's and chronic pain, pot provides vital relief. -- By Karin Kloosterman, Israel21c

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Poor get passed over on Passover - high costs part of the problem

Na’amat Canada’s Toronto chapter donated $5,000
to the Inter-Synagogue Food Bank at Pride of Israel.
Walking through the supermarket this time of year can be particularly daunting for the kosher consumer. The prices of non-kosher items at times can be half the price of the Passover items.

For some items, not only does the cost go up, but they stay up after the holiday. There is a palatable sense of frustration for many, who feel the pinch in their pocket books, including those who can least afford it.
What makes these Passover food prices so high in the first place? Are there hidden costs, increased production costs or do supermarkets use the holiday as an excuse to jack up prices? -- Dave Gordon, Toronto Jewish Tribune

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Israeli scientists in longevity gene breakthrough

Bar-Ilan University team discovers gene that can prolong mammals' life

A team of Israeli scientists has been able to crack the code to mammals' longevity: The team, led by by Dr. Haim Cohen, of Bar-Ilan University's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, has discovered a gene that promotes longer life in mammals.

The team includes researchers from Hadassah Medical Center, the Hebrew University and Carnegie Mellon University, the discovery of the gene – in mice – increases the likelihood that similar activity can be found in a human gene.
According to a Bar Ilan press release, researchers are focusing on a group of genes, known as Sirtuins, which can be found in every species developed over the course of evolution and are, in one way or another, found in single-celled organisms, such as yeast, and in complex organisms, such as humans. -- Ynetnews

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

10 Revolutionary Ideas to Explore at Your Seder

Jewish leaders take a contemporary spin on the core Passover Story. Seder is full of fresh insights and many great ideas that you and your family can explore.
This year, Rabbi Jill Jacobs might put a tomato on her Seder plate. As executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, Jacobs recently visited migrant tomato-pickers in Florida and was inspired by their dedication to ending modern-day slavery in the fields, halting human trafficking and promoting fair labor practices.

For Jacobs, the commitment of a seemingly powerless group to liberate itself from oppression is a contemporary version of the core Passover story. Rather than viewing the Haggadah as an ancient story with little resonance for our times, or as a stale and overly familiar text, Jacobs and other Jewish leaders find the Seder chock-full of fresh insights and downright revolutionary ideas. Here are the top 10 (not necessarily in any order) to explore at your own Seder. -- By Rahel Musleah, Jewish Women International Magazine
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A Place to Celebrate Bukharian Life

Vitaliy Aminov, center, celebrated his daughter's 1st birthday during a party
at the King David Kosher Restaurant on Jan. 24.
Dave Sanders for The New York Times
Anyone stepping from the roar of Queens Boulevard into the din of the King David Kosher Restaurant one recent Tuesday evening could have been forgiven for thinking that he or she had just gate-crashed a wedding.

A band belted out Russian and American pop songs while men in well-tailored suits and women in shimmering cocktail dresses danced, wrists twisting in the air, fingers snapping. Around them were enormous tables laden with food, and extravagant balloon decorations reached to the ceiling.

Yet there, in the center of the dance floor, cradled in her mother’s arms, was the party’s guest of honor: Emily, 1.

“When she was born, my husband told me we are going to have a big, big party,” said Ekaterina Aminov, 32. “We knew it one year ago.”

In a cramped office nearby, King David’s managing partner, Arthur Shakarov, 36, explained that such lavish celebrations were commonplace among Bukharian Jews. As many as 40,000 Bukharians immigrated to New York from across Central Asia, mostly from Uzbekistan, after the fall of the Soviet Union. The community is centered here, in Forest Hills, Queens. -- Paul Bergerg, NY Times

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Israeli wine revolution

Get a taste of some of the best wines in the world - in Israel!

Israel's mostly-cooperative climate; new, quality grape varieties; and the expertise of young winemakers who've studied abroad, add up to up to a wine revolution.

Today, there are between 200 to 400 Israeli wineries. Some are one-person outfits just getting by, while others have succeeded to the point where they were bought by larger wineries.

Whether it's on the wind-swept hills of Israel's Golan Heights or the low-lying lands of the Negev, there's a branch of a major winery or one of some 200 or more independent, boutique wineries in operation, and Israeli wines are making steady progress abroad. -- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Wolpe tops Newsweek’s list of 50 influential U.S. rabbis

Rabbi David Wolpe
Rabbi David Wolpe, who heads the largest Conservative synagogue west of the Mississippi, made his debut atop Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential American rabbis.

Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Beverly Hills, Calif., moved up from No. 2 a year ago on the 2012  list, which was released Monday. He swapped spots with Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, the chairman of Chabad-Lubavitch's educational and social services network, who was No. 1 on the last two lists.

Two Reform rabbis were next: Peter Rubinstein, senior rabbi of New York’s historic Central Synagogue, and David Saperstein, head of the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, were No. 3 and 4. Saperstein held the top spot in 2009. Conservative Rabbi Sharon Brous, head of the IKAR community in Los Angeles, rose from 10th last year to become the first female to crack the top 5.

Among the criteria used to determine America's top 50 rabbis were their impact on Judaism and beyond the Jewish community; the size of their constituencies; their social/political influence; and their media presence, Abigail Pogrebin wrote in Newsweek's sister publication, The Daily Beast.

Pogrebin, along with Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of Time Warner Inc., and Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Corp., selected this year's list. The first list appeared in 2007. -- JTA

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Palestinians bestow journalism award on Helen Thomas

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas received a prize in journalism from a representative of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Thomas, 91, who was forced into retirement two years ago after making controversial remarks about Jews and Israel, was recognized for her journalism career and commitment to the Palestinian cause. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, presented Thomas with the award on behalf of Abbas, who is also head of the PLO.

According to the Washington PLO office’s statement, Thomas was recognized for “all of her actions supporting Palestine in the West.” Ambassadors, journalists, human rights activists and American Arab leaders were among those who attended the ceremony at the home of Maen Rashid Ereikat, president of the Commission General of the PLO in Washington.

Considered the dean of the White House press corps, Thomas became embroiled in controversy when she said in a 2010 interview with the blog that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine. Go home, Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.” She was slammed by both sides of the political spectrum. Later that year Thomas, who was a correspondent since the presidency of John F. Kennedy, stood by her original comments and accused Jewish lobbyists and politicians of distorting her remarks. -- JTA

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why a Haggadah?

Oded Ezer, from "The New American Haggadah" (Little, Brown and Company, 2012)
I spent much of the last several years working on a new Haggadah — the guidebook for the prayers, rituals and songs of the Seder — and am often asked why I would want to take time away from my own writing to invest myself in such a project.

All my life, my parents have hosted the Seder on the first night of Passover. As our family expanded, and as our definition of family expanded, we moved the ritual dinner from our dining room to our more spacious, mildewed basement. One table became many table-like surfaces pushed awkwardly together. I always knew Passover was approaching when my father would ask me to take the net off the ping-pong table. All were covered in once matching, stained tablecloths.

At each setting was a Haggadah that my parents had assembled by photocopying favorite passages from other Haggadot and, when the Foers finally got Internet access, by printing online sources. Why is this night different from all others? Because on this night copyright doesn’t apply. -- Jonathan Safran Foer, NY Times

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Twenty years on, ‘Year of the Woman’ fades

from Washinton Post
At a moment when gender politics is thick in the air, it is a good time to reconsider another spring, exactly 20 years ago, when an unprecedented wave of women set their sights on Washington.

That was the election that was supposed to change everything. But it didn’t — not on the scale once expected.

Nor did a series of “firsts” since then: a woman as speaker of the U.S. House, another on the Republican presidential ticket, still another winning nearly 18 million votes for president.

In fact, a growing body of evidence suggests that these path-blazing women have proved to be cautionary examples — not role models — for others who might consider running for office.

Overall, the number of women elected, while rising through much of the 1990s, has hit a plateau. That is why advocates of all political stripes are redoubling their efforts to elect more women this fall. -- Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

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TAPPS head: Beren should never have been accepted to association

The Beren Academy Orthodox Jewish day school should never have been accepted to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the association's director told a Texas newspaper.

"We shouldn't have accepted them in the first place,"  Edd Burleson, director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, told the The Dallas Morning News in an interview published Sunday.

The Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston made international headlines early last month after requesting that a semifinal championship basketball game be rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Jewish Sabbath.

The game was rescheduled after a group of parents of students sued the association in court. The team won the semifinal game, but went on to lose the final, also rescheduled to a later time on Saturday after the Sabbath was over.

Burleson told the newspaper that he believes that the association would have won the case if it had gone to court.

“If we had fought it, we would have won,” Burleson told the newspaper. “But that would have taken weeks. We didn't have the time.”

"What else would you want me to say?" Burleson said in the interview. "Want me to come up with some politically correct gobbledygook? I can't. I'm telling you that's how I feel."

TAPPS had said in a statement posted on its website following its decision not to change the semifinal that when the Beren Academy first met with the association's board in 2009 to discuss membership, it was told that tournament games are scheduled on Friday and Saturday, and that the school's athletic director said he "understood" and "did not see a problem."

The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, representing 43 Texas Catholic high schools, told the Houston Chronicle that Burleson's comments came as a surprise and that the group is committed to reforms that will make TAPPS more welcoming to a diverse membership.

If Burleson's position remains the same, the department said, Catholic schools "will reconsider their future affiliation with TAPPS.” It also said that in a meeting last week with TAPPS member schools, Burleson committed to working to resolve diversity issues.

TAPPS rejected A Muslim school from Houston for membership in 2010. -- JTA

Retail chain in Norway halts Ahava sales

A major retail chain in Norway halted the sale of all "products originating from settlements in occupied territories," including Ahava cosmetics.

The Norwegian pharmaceutical chain VITA, which has 160 stores throughout Norway, made the announcement last Friday.

VITA has been the main retailer of Ahava products in Norway, according to the Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees in a statement on the BDS movement website, adding "this decision will be a serious blow to the sales of Ahava products in Norway."

The VITA decision comes after a period of active lobbying from the Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian employees' union.

"The principled decision by VITA not to buy products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank is based on a position of not wanting to contribute to violations of international law," the groups' statement said.

The flagship London branch of Ahava cosmetics closed last September, citing biweekly demonstrations that hurt its profits. -- JTA

Owners of Washington Jewish paper buy Baltimore Jewish Times

The owners of Washington’s Jewish newspaper submitted the winning bid for The Baltimore Jewish Times at a bankruptcy auction.

Route 95 Publications, LLC, an affiliate of the WJW Group, which owns the Washington Jewish Week, announced that it won a Monday auction to purchase Alter Communications, the publisher of The Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine. The group's bid was $1.26 million, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The sale needs to be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge, who will reportedly consider the issue on Thursday.

“The Baltimore Jewish Times is, literally, a significant communal institution, and a meaningful player in the world of Anglo-Jewish newspapers," said Louis Mayberg, a partner of Route 95 Publications, in a statement. “We respect that tradition, and we are committed to continue it, and to build upon it.”

Alter Communications went into bankruptcy following an acrimonious legal dispute with its printer that had rendered uncertain the future of The Baltimore Jewish Times, a 93-year-old weekly.

Route 95 Publications was one of three bidders for Alter Communications. The other two bidders were Baltimore Community Publishing, LLC, which owns a local sports publication and is led by physician Scott Rifkin, and the printer, H.G. Roebuck & Son, Inc., which had won a legal judgment against Alter over breach of contract that led to the bankruptcy.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Alter's CEO had previously estimated that the sale would be for between $400,000 and $600,000.

In Monday's auction, Baltimore Community Publishing bid $1.25 million, while Roebuck bid up to $905,000, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Mayberg said in his statement that while his ownership group anticipated “the development of some efficiencies on the administrative side of the paper, our plan is to keep as many employees of the paper who can help make it better and stronger, and to bring in additional support to help the paper continue to grow and prosper.”

He stated that his group is “committed to maintaining the high level of journalistic integrity of the Jewish Times” and to it remaining “a Baltimore-based paper.” -- JTA

Monday, April 2, 2012

Supermarkets Battle Over Israeli Matzo: Loss Leader Takes Center Stage for Passover Sales

Even Drier, Please: Shoppers pick up boxes of matzo for Passover.
Competition from Isreaeli brands has shaken up the market for unleavened bread.
Shulamit Seidler-Feller
Psst! That 5-pound bundle of Streit’s matzo you just bought for $8.99 probably cost the store about $14.99. Your friendly neighborhood supermarket manager was willing to take the $6 hit just to lure you in so you’ll stock up on Manischewitz gefilte fish and Gefen dish detergent.

For years, supermarkets have treated Passover matzo as a loss leader — a product sold at a steep markdown to lure Jewish shoppers and their expensive Seder shopping lists. In highly competitive markets such as the New York tristate area, some stores are literally giving it away.

In recent weeks, shoppers at Waldbaum’s supermarket, in the Long Island town of Great Neck, N.Y., could choose between a $3 coupon for a bundle of heavily discounted American matzo, or a free bundle of Israeli matzo with every $25 purchase.

Such fierce competition is beginning to hurt American producers….

American manufacturers are selling 5-pound bundles of matzo wholesale this year for between $10 and $12, Lubinsky said. The same Israeli matzo bundles are selling at between $6 and $7.

Industry officials say matzo is being produced more cheaply in Israel because of lower labor costs. “We’re a union shop,” said Gross, whose business has been making matzo on the Lower East Side for almost 100 years, “and between health insurance and labor and subsidies on flour, it’s a lot more expensive.” -- Paul Berger, Forward

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Philadelphia synagogue depicts spirituality through modern architecture

The Beth Sholom Synagogue.
Photo by: Balthazar Korab Photography Ltd
Frank Lloyd Wright allegedly had an anti-Semitic streak, but the synagogue he designed proves that even modern architecture can express a spiritual idea.

Situated in a quiet suburb north of Philadelphia is Beth Sholom - the only synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright during the architect's long and storied career. The building marks an epilogue of sorts: Wright designed the synagogue near the end of his life and died only months before its dedication in 1959.

"Wright was conscious of the fact that he was nearing the end of his life, and it was vital to him to bring to fruition architectural ideas he considered essential. It's no coincidence that during that time he also designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York," says Prof. Joseph Siry, a historian of architecture.

The Conservative Jewish community of Beth Sholom was founded in 1919 in Philadelphia's Logan neighborhood. Many members left for the suburbs after World War II, so in 1950 they moved the congregation to the suburb of Elkins Park.

Cohen, who had served as the community's rabbi since its inception, played a key role in designing the new synagogue. He was revolted by the monumental synagogues in American city centers based on kitschy historical styles; he envisioned a synagogue with the look and feel of a modern building. Cohen felt that Wright could combine the modernist language and necessary symbolic expression. The first meeting between the two took place in September 1953, and six months later the plans were submitted to the Beth Sholom board. -- Noam Dvir, Haaretz

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Mid-Century Sexcapades at the Philharmonic

On March 26, a day after the premiere of the new season of “Mad Men,” a group of New Yorkers packed into Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher hall to soak up another dose of mid-century nostalgia: the New York Philharmonic’s spring gala program “Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook,” featuring the works of the Jewish composer and lyricist who reigned during the glitzy heyday of the American musical comedy. -- Eileen Reynolds, Forward

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Israeli woman is ‘Europe’s top young researcher'

L’Oreal and UNESCO have named a Weizmann Institute biologist working in the field of probiotics for the award.
Dr. Naama Geva-Zatorsky
Photo Courtesy Lam Velitz Studios
Multinational cosmetics firm L’Oreal and UNESCO have named a Weizmann Institute biologist working in the field of probiotics, commonly referred to as beneficial bacteria, “Europe’s top young researcher.” For her work in researching probiotics to treat disease, Dr. Naama Geva-Zatorsky will receive a two-year $40,000 postdoctoral scholarship. -- Judy Siegel-Itzovich

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Israel has your cup of tea

Even Brits can't get enough of the Spice Way fruit and herbal infusions grown on a 50-year-old Galilee farm.
What makes the perfect cup of tea? British purists would say Darjeeling or English Breakfast, served piping hot with milk ... or would they?

The latest infusion brewing around the world is a brand marketed as Spice Way, and it's grown in a village in Israel's Galilee hills. Spice Way's Posh Pomelo and Melon tea infusion even received a Gold Star rating at Britain's 2010 Great Taste Awards.

Israel doesn't have tea plantations. But a great climate and the ingenuity of farmer and herbalist Avi Zithershpieler are a winning combination. He works his magic at a 17-acre organic herb farm planted 50 years ago by his parents. There's also a visitor center and shop, one of the biggest spice and herb shops in the world with more than a thousand different blends for sale. -- Marian Lebor and Sally Halon, Israel21c

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Grand Rabbinate of the NCAA

Jewish college basketball coaches will gather for their annual Final Four bagel brunch on Saturday, despite scandals surrounding two founding members
Memphis Tigers head coach Josh Pastner speaks with Will Coleman
during the second-round game against the Arizona Wildcats
in the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Okla.
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
In 2004, a few Jewish college basketball coaches who were in San Antonio, Texas, to take in the semifinals of the NCAA basketball tournament held a Shabbat morning service, kippot on heads and siddurim in hands, before they headed to the nearby Alamodome. Rabbi Bobby Schwartz, the head basketball coach at St. Edwards University, a Division-II school, guided the proceedings. The lay leader was Bruce Pearl, head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. Also present was Bernie Fine, a longtime assistant at Syracuse, which had won the national championship the previous year; Keith Dambrot, an assistant at the University of Akron; and Seth Greenberg, just completing his first season as Virginia Tech’s head coach.

“It was wonderful to be with our brothers,” Pearl told me about that first meeting. In the following years, the small annual service grew to a larger brunch with a couple of prayers, held on the morning of the first day of the Final Four. A few years in, Pearl—by then head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, one of the country’s top college programs—Fine, and a handful of others formally established the Jewish Coaches Association.

The JCA is exactly what it sounds like, with the caveat that its focus is primarily college basketball. Aside from a few officers, there are no members and no dues. It’s a bunch of guys—yes, mostly guys, although the group includes Coach Andy Yosinoff, who has coached the women’s team at Emmanuel College, a Boston-area Division-III school, for 35 years, taking them to their own Final Four in 2001—getting together to schmooze and eat. What do they eat? It’s a Saturday morning: What do you think they eat? -- Marc Tracy, Tablet

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The Magic of Jewish Summer Camp

Professor Arnold Eisen, a scholar of American Judaism and the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, proclaimed, "Nothing I do to build Jewish life, Jewish education, or the Jewish community is more important than getting more kids to Jewish camps."

Those are strong words from the ivory tower and quite the endorsement of Jewish summer camp. But Eisen wasn't the only head of a major Jewish academic institution who lauded Jewish summer camping at the Foundation for Jewish Camp's recent Leaders Assembly. He shared the stage with Richard Joel and Rabbi David Ellenson, the presidents of the Orthodox and Reform academies respectively, who both agreed that the answer to Jewish continuity can be found at summer camp. 

All three academicians extolled the virtues of the summer camp experience for young Jewish children who seamlessly go from overnight hiking and canoe trips to Friday evening Shabbat services by the lake. The leaders of Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College took turns standing in front of 400 Jewish camping leaders at the FJC gathering -- from camp directors to donors -- to explain how their denomination would help to grow the Jewish camping phenomenon in the coming years. These schools train Jewish educators -- most of whom discovered or strengthened their Jewish identity at summer camp -- and with a $45 million investment from the Jim Joseph Foundation (divided among the three institutions) they will be able to prepare more young people who wish to work in the informal Jewish educational field of Jewish camping. -- Rabbi Jason Miller, Huffington Post

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Did Online Dating Just Get Safer?

Online dating kings, and Spark Network, which owns and operates JDate, have agreed to start screening for sex offenders, in addition to other “safety precautions”, in order to help their clients. Their goal is to help their consumers guard against sexual predators, identity thieves, and people trying to scam money.  While it’s lovely and will maybe help people, I’m not that impressed or excited about it. -- Ilana Angel, JewishJournal

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New weapon against pancreatic and prostate cancer

An Israeli pharma company is testing an advanced compound that blocks a tumor's blood supply. Used with standard chemo, it obliterates the growth.

Last year, about 44,000 Americans were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a notoriously resistant cancer to treat and the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women.

The prognosis for these patients could improve drastically if a compound developed by Israel's Tiltan Pharma continues to succeed in clinical trials. -- Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

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Varieties of Post-Religious Experience

Israel is, on top of everything else, a gigantic open-air laboratory for experiments in Judaism and Jewish identity, mixing and matching old and new forms, deliberately and on the fly, with vision and no little improvisation.  One of the more interesting recent specimens is Religiozionisticus Postreligious.  Everyone, including the species itself, calls them datiyim l'she'avar, Religious Zionists (datiyim) who have left—or, more conveniently, Datlashim.  Their numbers are growing. -- Yehudah Mirsky, Jewish Ideas Daily

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