Issue 46

Friday, November 16, 2007

Local News

Congregation Tikkun v’Or to hold part two of Essential Judaism adult ed. class

Congregation Tikkun v’Or (the Ithaca Reform temple) is now accepting registration for part two of "Essential Judaism," its adult education class. The class is open to temple members and non-members; there is a fee for the class, which includes books and all materials.

Israel News

Israel, U.S. Jews intensify efforts to isolate Iran

A renewed push from Jewish organizations for tougher sanctions against Iran is facing tough obstacles in Washington and capitals throughout the world. American Jewish groups are aggressively attempting to rally support for isolating Iran until it ends its suspected nuclear weapons program. They are lobbying Congress, reaching out to friendly nations overseas and seeking allies in the United States.

With boos for Rabin and blast, violent sports fans alarm Israel

TEL AVIV, Nov. 12 (JTA) – After decades of dealing with war and terrorism, Israel appears to be waking up to a new security threat: sports hooliganism. Back-to-back incidents of extreme unruliness by soccer and basketball fans have stirred debate here over whether violence somehow has become innate to the Jewish state.

National News

Eying falling dollar, Jewish groups forced to adjust overseas spending

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (JTA) – While economists fret over how the falling U.S. dollar will affect global markets, Jewish charities that rely heavily on U.S. fund-raising to support programs outside the United States are facing serious budget crunches.

Paul’s call to end foreign aid draws small Jewish following

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (JTA) – Jim Perry, a 22-year-old Libertarian, made a name for himself in college when, shortly after moving to New Hampshire to live free or die, he strapped a gun to his side and marched into a local Borders book store and proceeded to rip up a copy of his Massachusetts income tax return.

International News

As Chavez goes authoritarian, Venezuela Jews fear for future

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (JTA) – Venezuelans heading to the polls in a little less than three weeks will be voting on some rather drastic changes to the nation’s constitution.


Book Review: What’s a parent to do?

Whenever I look at a contemporary parenting book, I find myself sighing and thinking of how much easier life seemed when I was growing up. If we were bored, we were sent outside to play. Organized activities were kept to a minimum and a playdate was when you walked to someone’s house, knocked on the door and asked their mom if they could come out and play.

Messianics are praying the “Shema,” but preaching Jesus as the Messiah

CARY, NC (JTA) – The Shabbat morning service at Congregation Sha’arei Shalom in this suburb of Raleigh has a familiar feel to anyone who grew up in a mainstream American synagogue.


Loving Israel isn’t enough: learn the facts

They say sometimes love isn’t enough and recently, I saw that to be true, when my adoration for Israel was unable to be transformed into a convincing defense of the Jewish homeland.

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