Judaism March 15, 2016: Kotel Rabbi reverses support on egalitarian space ban on non-Orthodox prayer

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Kotel Rabbi reverses support on egalitarian space ban on non-Orthodox prayer

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, March 15, 2016, 8:57 AM MST

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is formally withdrawing any support he had for the Kotel's egalitarian prayer space. Instead, he is asking lawmaker to overturn the January cabinet vote and prevent Women of the Wall from freely praying, March 14, 2016
Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is formally withdrawing any support he had for the Kotel’s egalitarian prayer space. Instead, he is asking lawmaker to overturn the January cabinet vote and prevent Women of the Wall from freely praying, March 14, 2016
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Judaism February 28, 2016: Victory over anti-Semitism McGill BDS motion defeated after ratification vote

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Victory over anti-Semitism McGill BDS motion defeated after ratification vote

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February 28, 2016, 11:30 AM MST

 During the ratification process, McGill University undergraduate students have voted down a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement motion passed by the Student Society earlier in the week, Feb. 27, 2016
During the ratification process, McGill University undergraduate students have voted down a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement motion passed by the Student Society earlier in the week, Feb. 27, 2016
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Judaism February 25, 2016: McGill pro-Israel students face new reality anti-Semitism after SSMU BDS vote

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McGill pro-Israel students face new reality anti-Semitism after SSMU BDS vote

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, February 25, 2016, 9:13 PM MST

McGill University's Jewish and pro-Israel students are facing a wave of increased anti-Semitism, harassment and bullying after the student union voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Feb. 23, 2016
McGill University’s Jewish and pro-Israel students are facing a wave of increased anti-Semitism, harassment and bullying after the student union voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Feb. 23, 2016
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Judaism February 24, 2016: McGill University SSMU votes for BDS movement as Canadian Parliament opposes it

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McGill University SSMU votes for BDS movement as Canadian Parliament opposes it

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, February 24, 2016, 4:23 AM MST

 McGill University’s undergraduate student society voted to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, while the Canadian Parliament voted to condemn the movement, Feb. 22, 2016
McGill University’s undergraduate student society voted to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, while the Canadian Parliament voted to condemn the movement, Feb. 22, 2016
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Judaism December 27, 2015: Sotheby’s auctions 9 items from Valmadonna Trust Library for nearly 15 million

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Sotheby’s auctions nine items from Valmadonna Trust Library for nearly 15 million

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Examiner.com, December 27, 2015, 6:14 PM MST

Sotheby's auctioned off the Valmadonna Trust Library's most prized item the complete Bomberg Talmud for over $9 million, Dec. 22, 2015

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Sotheby’s auctioned off the Valmadonna Trust Library’s most prized item the complete Bomberg Talmud for over $9 million, Dec. 22, 2015
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Judaism December 10, 2015: Obama celebrates White House Hanukkah party with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

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Obama celebrates White House Hanukkah party with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

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Examiner.com, December 10, 2015, 7:03 PM MST

President Barack Obama and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered remarks, before reciting the blessing and lighting the Hanukkah candles at a White House reception, Dec. 9, 2015

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President Barack Obama and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered remarks, before reciting the blessing and lighting the Hanukkah candles at a White House reception, Dec. 9, 2015
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Judaism November 9, 2015: Sha Shtil a critical education on the problems of the Jewish Federation system

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Sha Shtil a critical education on the problems of the Jewish Federation system 

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, November 9, 2015, 11:28 AM MST

Canadian filmmaker and activist Ben Feferman's documentary Sha Shtil: Inside Canada's Jewish Establishment examines the transparency and democracy problems the Canadian Jewish Federation system faces

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Canadian filmmaker and activist Ben Feferman’s documentary Sha Shtil: Inside Canada’s Jewish Establishment examines the transparency and democracy problems the Canadian Jewish Federation system faces
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Judaism May 20, 2015: Women of the Wall again barred from reading Torah as police arrest supporter

Women of the Wall again barred from reading Torah as police arrest supporter

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, May 20, 2015, 1:26 PM MST

 

For the month of Sivan Women of the Wall were supposed to have Bat Mitzvahs for six girls, who were denied the chance to read from the Torah, May 20, 2015

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For the month of Sivan Women of the Wall were supposed to have Bat Mitzvahs for six girls, who were denied the chance to read from the Torah, May 20, 2015
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Jewish Musings April 21, 2015: Women of the Wall triumph finally read from full size Torah scroll at Kotel

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Women of the Wall triumph finally read from full-size Torah scroll at Kotel

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Examiner.com, April 21, 2015, 10:46 AM MST

The Woman of the Wall (WoW) Nashot HaKotel read for the first time from a full sized Torah scroll in the women's section of the Kotel, Western Wall for Rosh Hodesh Iyar services, April 20, 2015

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The Woman of the Wall (WoW) Nashot HaKotel read for the first time from a full-sized Torah scroll in the women’s section of the Kotel, Western Wall for Rosh Hodesh Iyar services, April 20, 2015
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Jewish Musings April 6, 2015: Obama celebrates seventh Passover Seder at the White House

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Obama celebrates seventh Passover Seder at the White House

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Examiner.com, April 6, 2015, 12:48 AM MST

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted their seventh Passover seder, and the president's eighth, Obama also released a Passover statement emphasizing the Exodus story, April 4, 2015
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted their seventh Passover seder, and the president’s eighth, Obama also released a Passover statement emphasizing the Exodus story, April 4, 2015
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Judaism October 26, 2014: Women of the Wall’s historic Torah scroll smuggling reading at Kotel bat mitzvah

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Women of the Wall’s historic Torah scroll smuggling reading at Kotel bat mitzvah

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, October 26, 2014, 3:37 PM MST

 

Sasha Lutt becomes the first girl to have a full bat mitzvah in the women's section at the Kotel, Western Wall by reading the Torah as part of the Women of the Wall's monthly prayer service, Oct. 24, 2014

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Sasha Lutt becomes the first girl to have a full bat mitzvah in the women’s section at the Kotel, Western Wall by reading the Torah as part of the Women of the Wall’s monthly prayer service, Oct. 24, 2014
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Judaism October 12, 2014: Bible Lands Museum oldest siddur on display despite mystery surrounding the book

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Bible Lands Museum oldest siddur on display despite mystery surrounding the book

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Examiner.com, October 12, 2014, 11:05 AM MST

The Jewish prayer book, siddur from the Green Collection is currently on display at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, although scholars are questioning its authenticity, Sept. 18-Oct. 18, 2014
The Jewish prayer book, Siddur from the Green Collection is currently on display at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, although scholars are questioning its authenticity, Sept. 18-Oct. 18, 2014
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Judaism May 28, 2014: Recent Brussels, Paris anti-Semitic attacks backup ADL Global 100 poll claims

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Recent Brussels, Paris anti-Semitic attacks backup ADL Global 100 poll claims

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, May 28, 2014, 2:16 PM MST

Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels the scene of the most recently recent deadly anti-Semitic attack in Europe, May 24, 2014; The ADL's recent survey "The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism" mapped out the world's most anti-Semitic countries
Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels the scene of the most recently recent deadly anti-Semitic attack in Europe, May 24, 2014; The ADL’s recent survey “The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism” mapped out the world’s most anti-Semitic countries
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Judaism April 22, 2014: President Obama celebrates Passover with annual White House seder tradition

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President Obama celebrates Passover with annual White House seder tradition

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Examiner.com, April 22, 2014, 9:52 PM MST

President Barack Obama, family and former 2008 campaign staffers celebrate the second night of Passover with a seder, in the White House Old Family Dining Room, April 15, 2014; this is Obama's 6th seder, a tradition that started in the 2008 campaign
President Barack Obama, family and former 2008 campaign staffers, celebrate the second night of Passover with a seder, in the White House Old Family Dining Room, April 15, 2014; this is Obama’s 6th seder, a tradition that started in the 2008 campaign
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Judaism April 20, 2014: National Library of Israel acquires Moses Montefiore Haggadah for collection

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National Library of Israel acquires Moses Montefiore Haggadah for collection

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, April 20, 2014, 2:14 PM MST

The dedication page of the Moses Montefiore Haggadah acquired by the National Library of Israel for their world's largest Haggadah collection
The dedication page of the Moses Montefiore Haggadah acquired by the National Library of Israel for their world’s largest Haggadah collection
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Judaism March 10, 2014: Looking to thwart assimilation through Jewish and Israel education

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Looking to thwart assimilation through Jewish and Israel education

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, March 10, 2014, 10:34 AM MST

 Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman proposes a new global Jewish education initiative to curb assimilation at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Feb. 18, 2014
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman proposes a new global Jewish education initiative to curb assimilation at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Feb. 18, 2014
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Judaism February 10, 2014: Kolech Orthodox feminists Women of the Wall break over egalitarian prayer space

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Kolech Orthodox feminists Women of the Wall break over egalitarian prayer space 

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, February 10, 2014, 4:59 PM MST

Women of the Wall are ready to accept a government proposal to permanently move to Robinson's Arch causing supporters and groups of members to splinters off from the organization, vowing to continue to fight to prayer at the women's section of the Kotel
Women of the Wall are ready to accept a government proposal to permanently move to Robinson’s Arch causing supporters and groups of members to splinters off from the organization, vowing to continue to fight to prayer in the women’s section of the Kotel
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Judaism February 8, 2014: After survey of American Jews Pew Research Center plans one for Israeli Jews

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After survey of American Jews, Pew Research Center plans one for Israeli Jews

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, February 8, 2014, 10:37 PM MST

After releasing the "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" in October 2013, the Pew Research Center will conduct a similar survey of Israeli Jews to be released in November 2014
After releasing the “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” in October 2013, the Pew Research Center will conduct a similar survey of Israeli Jews to be released in November 2014
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Judaism January 7, 2014: Pope Francis formally announces May trip dates to Israel, Middle East

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Pope Francis formally announces May trip dates to Israel, Middle East 

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, January 7, 2014, 8:25 PM MST

Pope Francis formally announced the dates of his Israel and Middle East trip during his Sunday blessings, Jan. 5, 2014; the Pope will make that trek from May 24-26, 2014
Pope Francis formally announced the dates of his Israel and Middle East trip during his Sunday blessings, Jan. 5, 2014; the Pope will make that trek from May 24-26, 2014
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Judaism January 6, 2014: Women of the Wall face Torah smuggling controversy at Shevat Rosh Hodesh prayers

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Women of the Wall face Torah smuggling controversy at Shevat Rosh Hodesh prayers

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, January 6, 2014, 10:18 PM MST

For the second month in a row the Women of the Wall were denied to read from the Torah during their monthly prayer service, Jan. 2, 2014; they were accused of trying to smuggle a Torah scroll into their Shevat service
For the second month in a row, the Women of the Wall were denied to read from the Torah during their monthly prayer service, Jan. 2, 2014; they were accused of trying to smuggle a Torah scroll into their Shevat service
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Judaism November 28, 2013: American Jews far and wide celebrating Thanksgivukkah phenomenon

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American Jews far and wide celebrating Thanksgivukkah phenomenon

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Examiner.com, November 28, 2013, 2:37 PM MST

This year American Jews celebrated a rare convergence of two holidays, Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving, which was given the new name Thanksgivukkah
This year American Jews celebrated a rare convergence of two holidays, Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving, which was given the new name Thanksgivukkah
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Judaism November 28, 2013: Rare 18th century illuminated Haggadah sold at auction

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Rare 18th century illuminated Haggadah sold at auction

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, November 24, 2013, 6:54 AM MST

Rare 1726 Haggadah by artist and scribe Aaron Wolff Herlingen sold for $340,000 USD in auction, Nov. 22, 2013; the manuscript was discovered in a box in a Manchester, Great Britain home garage
Rare 1726 Haggadah by artist and scribe Aaron Wolff Herlingen sold for $340,000 USD in auction, Nov. 22, 2013; the manuscript was discovered in a box in a Manchester, Great Britain home garage
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Judaism October 23, 2013: Montreal Jewish population remains steady, will Values Charter spark exodus?

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Montreal Jewish population remains steady, will Values Charter spark exodus?

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, October 23, 2013, 7:51 AM MST

Montreal Jewish population remains steady, but if the Charter of Quebec Values is passed it might lead to a news exodus from the province.
Montreal Jewish population remains steady, but if the Charter of Quebec Values is passed it might lead to a news exodus from the province.
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Judaism October 23, 2013: American Jewish views of Israel, its government becoming more liberal, critical

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American Jewish views of Israel, its government becoming more liberal, critical

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, October 23, 2013, 7:44 AM MST

 American Jewish views on Israel have become more liberal and less supportive the Israeli government, with young Jews more detached to Israel
American Jewish views on Israel have become more liberal and less supportive the Israeli government, with young Jews more detached to Israel
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Judaism October 23, 2013: High Intermarriage numbers reveals troubling future for Judaism in the US

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High Intermarriage numbers reveals troubling future for Judaism in the US

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, October 23, 2013, 7:34 AM MST

A new Pew Research Center survey determined that American Jews are becoming less religious, especially among younger Jews, with a majority intermarrying
A new Pew Research Center survey determined that American Jews are becoming less religious, especially among younger Jews, with a majority intermarrying
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