• Rabbi Norman Lamm, longtime head of Yeshiva University and prolific author, dies at 92

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Norman Lamm, the prolific author and Modern Orthodox rabbi who headed Yeshiva University for nearly three decades, died Sunday. He was 92.

    As president and chancellor of Y.U., Lamm helped rescue the institution from the financial brink in the late 1970s and rebuild it in the decades that followed into the flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy. As a pulpit rabbi at Manhattan’s Jewish Center, in his writings on philosophy and Jewish law and as leader of Y.U.’s rabbinical school, Lamm also helped articulate an unabashed ideological basis for a movement that has often struggled to define...
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  • Briann Shear takes over at president of N.O. Hadassah chapter via Zoom installation

    Given the interesting times of the coronavirus pandemic, even mundane activities such as installations have taken on more grand stature than they might have enjoyed under less stressful times.

    The Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah held its annual installation on Tuesday, May 26, and because it was held over...
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    The coronavirus didn’t just upend Broadway — it put indie projects in limbo

    By CURT SCHLEIER

    (JTA) — Emma Seligman is trying to stay optimistic.

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25-year-old came extremely close to fulfilling every film student’s fantasy: having her debut indie film played at coveted festivals and becoming an up-and-coming name to know in the industry.

    Her film “Shiva Baby”...
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Body of renowned Arab-Israeli dancer Ayman Safiah found on beach

(JTA) — The body of Ayman Safiah, a renowned Arab-Israeli ballet dancer, was found on the beach after he went missing while swimming.

Safiah, 29, had gone missing on Sunday while swimming off the coast of the Neve Yam kibbutz...
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2 major Brooklyn Reform synagogues in merger talks as COVID-19 pandemic cuts into revenue

(JTA) – As the COVID-19 pandemic forces businesses and organizations to lay off employees and close up shop, two historic Reform synagogues in Brooklyn are entering merger discussions to address their financial challenges.

Congregation Beth Elohim and Union Temple announced...
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Jewish schools have reopened in the Netherlands, but some worry that their security is compromised

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch government’s decision to reopen the country’s schools came none too soon for Channa Feige, a mother of nine who teaches Torah at a Jewish elementary school here.

“It was very cozy and...
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Fatah officials fear Israel is working to replace Abbas

By BARUCH YEDID 

(TPS) – Fatah officials fear that Israel is working to establish an alternative Palestinian leadership that would replace Mahmoud Abbas in response to his decision to cut all channels of coordination with Israel and abolish the Palestinian commitment...
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OP-ED: Those Jewish camps that are open this summer? This camp doctor and nurse think it’s a bad idea.

By DR. ALISON SPATZ LEVINE and HEATHER MAIMAN

DENVER (JTA) — In the summer of 1999, we slept head to head in top bunks at Camp Ramah in Canada. We also shared a viral upper respiratory illness that kept us...
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