The American Jewish future is interfaith. It’s about time our rabbis were, too
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by Samira Mehta
8h ago
In my nearly two decades spent studying interfaith Jewish relationships, I have heard the same problem mentioned over and over again. The majority of new Jewish marriages are interfaith; these couples are raising interfaith families. But despite that, few rabbis have personal experience in interfaith nuclear families, because — until now — no one in an interfaith relationship could be trained or ordained as a rabbi by the Orthodox, Conservative or Reform movements. This makes Hebrew Union College’s decision to admit and ordain students in interfaith relationships, announced Thursday, a radical ..read more
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Armenia recognizes Palestine, adding to its strained ties with Israel
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by Larry Luxner
12h ago
(JTA) — YEREVAN, Armenia — The Armenian government said Friday that it would recognize the state of Palestine, following similar announcements in recent weeks by Norway, Ireland, Spain and Slovenia. The decision — which makes Armenia the 145th country to extend such recognition — elicited praise from Palestinian authorities and a stern rebuke by Israel. Citing the “catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza,” Armenia’s Foreign Ministry said it was taking this step because “Armenia is genuinely committed to establishing peace and stability in the Middle East, and lasting reconciliation between ..read more
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Patis, NYC’s largest and buzziest kosher bakery chain, files for bankruptcy
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by Jackie Hajdenberg
12h ago
(New York Jewish Week) — For a few years there, the kosher Patis Bakery chain was expanding across New York City like cookie dough in a warm oven. It opened more than a dozen locations in a range of neighborhoods, gaining renown among kosher-keeping diners for its high-quality pastries and urban cafe culture, and was in talks to move into the space vacated by Russ & Daughters in the Jewish Museum. Then business hit some bumps. This week, chain filed for bankruptcy. While the company would be able to reorganize and not just shutter under the Chapter 11 filing, the filing is a signal that Pa ..read more
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She built the largest queer synagogue in the nation ‘for Jews rejected from everywhere’
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by Debra Nussbaum Cohen
15h ago
When Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum arrived at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah 32 years ago to be its first employee, the tiny shul was already a safe haven for gay Jewish New Yorkers. But nobody at her installation ceremony could have imagined the synagogue that would emerge under her leadership. Kleinbaum, 64, will leave her position as senior rabbi at the largest LGBTQ+ synagogue in the nation — and possibly the world — in August. At her retirement party earlier this month, speakers, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, celebrated her work to better the lives of gay Jews and qu ..read more
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The Latimer-Bowman showdown in New York is a bellwether of Israel’s role in Democratic politics
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by Ron Kampeas
15h ago
(JTA) — WASHINGTON – Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s primary has become the country’s most closely watched congressional race — and no matter the result, people on both sides say it could be pivotal for Israel’s place in the Democratic Party. Bowman, an outspoken progressive critic of Israel, is up against centrist George Latimer, the Westchester county executive, who has supported Israel’s military campaign. Their district — New York’s 16th, covering Westchester and a sliver of the Bronx — has a large Jewish population and has attracted millions of dollars in outside campaign spending by political actio ..read more
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Building an Inclusive Jewish Future in a “Both/And” Moment
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by Stefanie Rhodes
17h ago
Last summer, my 16 year old had her first Jewish camping experience working at Camp Ramah. She didn’t read or speak Hebrew, but over the course of the summer, she began to recognize the Hebrew words on the daily schedule. She developed friendships with Israeli teens who were working there. In October, she decided to learn Hebrew.  As this summer approaches, my daughter is struggling to maintain her sense of communal belonging as a Jew of Color in a multiracial family. And I am struggling to help her understand the world around her through our Jewish values. Four years ago, George Floyd’s ..read more
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Did DEI fail me? Or did I fail DEI?
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by April Powers
17h ago
As the descendant of survivors of chattel slavery in the U.S. and Jews who fled pogroms in Eastern Europe, I have lived at the intersection of two of the three main groups highlighted in the book Caste (the other being the Dalit of India). My lived experience along with my Jewish values of tikkun olam — repairing the world — motivated me to drive DEI work for major companies. In May 2021, during an intensified conflict between Israel and Hamas, I posted about antisemitism for the first time in my career. I was then virulently attacked online. Besides being told “You’re not Black. You’re a whit ..read more
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Equity as a Light Unto the Nations
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by Analucía Lopezrevoredo
17h ago
My commitment to equity within our community is profoundly influenced by my journey as an immigrant, Jewish woman of color, activist, and bridge builder. Throughout my life, I’ve experienced the transformative power of equity-centered initiatives, both as a recipient and as a leader. These experiences have cemented my belief that equity is vital for creating a world where individuals transition from merely surviving to thriving, inspiring them to leave the world a better place than they found it. Despite the politicization of “equity,” which has led some to view it as a source of division, I a ..read more
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Breaking Barriers: A Black Christian DEIJ Practitioner’s Journey within the Jewish Field
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by Whitney Weathers
17h ago
(This essay is edited from an article originally posted on ejewishphilanthropy.com, May 2024)  One of the most fascinating concepts about my journey as a Black, Christian, woman, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) practitioner within the Jewish field is that I find myself constantly unlearning everything I thought to be true. Until recently, I thought all Jewish people were white, and I thought all white people were safe. These assumptions have been a source of shame and curiosity for me: how could I, a woman of color, who herself is a victim of oppressive systems, be so unaw ..read more
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Both/And Thinking all Around: What are we Seeing in the Field
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by Leili Herlinda Davari and Abby Levine
17h ago
As Jewish leaders, every conversation we have these days relies on ‘both/and’ thinking — elu v’elu, meaning that multiple, conflicting stories can be true at the same time. We all need to practice elu v’elu even — especially — when it might feel challenging or impossible to see beyond our pain. Practicing elu v’elu was hard before October 7th. Now it can sometimes feel impossible, leading some Jews to wonder: What is my role within equity work?  To deepen our thinking, Leili talked to Jewish leaders of Color who live and breathe this work: Jackie Baldwin, Director of Anti Racism and Equit ..read more
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