celebration

Lieberman keynotes 5 Towns Yom Ha’atzamut

Formet Senator and vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman delivered the keynote address at the Five Towns communal Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzamut program on Wednesday night, April 18, …

happy birthday

Schools cheer Israel at 70

Students at Jewish schools with a Zionist orientation unfurled the blue-and-white throughout Long Island last Thursday, April 19, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the modern state of …

shuls

New rabbi for Lido Beach

The Lido Beach Synagogue, on the east end of the Long Beach barrier island, will officially welcome its new spiritual leader, Rabbi Eli Biegeleisen, and his wife Shira and their children (pictured) …

israel

Brooklyn couple building fire station in Maalot

A Brooklyn Heights couple continued their ongoing commitment to assisting Israel’s fire and rescure operations on Monday, laying a timecapsule in a new fire station they are helping to finance …

analysis

What does Portman’s snub really mean?

Natalie Portman’s statement explaining why she declined to attend an award ceremony in Israel in her honor was a pointed rebuke, and of a particular individual. …

remembered

Montreal pilgrimage in Leonard Cohen footsteps

MONTREAL — Just inside the gate of the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue off Boulevard du Mont Royal, a gravestone bears an unusual Star of David, the sharp angles of its two opposing triangles …

kosher kitchen

As Lag B’Omer nears, let’s talk about eggplant

The eggplant — a beautiful berry — is so popular that its iconic color is instantly recognizable far beyond the food, in paint and fabric and more. My eyeglasses are eggplant as is a …

opinion

How Shoah education distances Jews from Israel

Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed in Israel just a week before Independence Day, and for Israelis, those days are thematically as well as temporally connected …

on campus

Here’s what it’s like to support Israel at NYU

Though it was raining, students still gathered to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day at New York University’s downtown Manhattan campus. Passers-by mostly rushed by as organizers blasted …

kosher kitchen

Taking stock as we resume our life of chometz

For Passover, we thoroughly cleaned out our cabinets and refrigerators. Now, as we finish putting back all the chametz foods, we can look at what we have and take stock of our eating habits. Does …


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Full text of new OU statement on halachically valid roles for women in synagogue leadership

NEWS: The Orthodox Union, after a year of discussions with various stakeholders and in the face of some opposition, has established parameters for a three-year period during which the umbrella body …

united and divided

What does it mean to be Modern Orthodox?

While the vast majority of Modern Orthodox Jews believe in G-d, send their kids to Jewish day schools, and make incomes well above the national average, they are less than unanimous in their views on whether women should be rabbis or synagogue presidents,