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How going to synagogue regularly turned me into a dumpster diver

Posted on January 14th, 2019

CNAAN LIPHSHIZ for JTA


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — I was recently offered a handout while rummaging for food in a heap of trash as my two small children looked on.

It happened all because I wanted to start attending synagogue regularly.

 

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‘Deeply illiberal’ shechita ban condemned by UK Jewish leaders

Posted on January 7th, 2019
From Times of Israel/JewishNews


President of the Board says the decision is a "major set-back" to the country's reputation as being progressive and urges a re-think


UK Jewish representatives have said Belgium’s ban on shechita “offends against the human right of relisious freedom” after the country’s law to stop non-stun slaughter took effect.

The implementation of the ban, which came into effect in the region of Flanders on 1 January, will impact on both the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities, and European Jewish figures say it “puts Jewish life at risk” and runs counter to public pronouncements from politicians that Jewish life should be protected.

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With Intermarriage Endorsement, Rabbi Hopes To Start ‘Grass Roots’ Movement

Posted on December 31st, 2018
By Ari Feldman for The Forward
 

A synagogue in Virginia has issued a statement saying it’s in favor of Conservative rabbis presiding at interfaith weddings even though the movement still officially bans the practice.

In a Facebook post, the synagogue’s rabbi said that its board had voted to allow its clergy to marry a Jewish person to a non-Jewish person, but only when the movement formally allows its rabbis to do so. That means the vote and the statement are symbolic.

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Come for a fast and fun night of trivia, food and comaraderie on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Beth El.  Adults and teens (7th grade and up) can play!  The cost is $35 per person (includes: dinner and participation), BYOB.  Bring cash to buy optional extra chits to help your table become the champion!  Separate, supervised Kids Night Out - $10 per child (6th grade and younger; includes casual dinner, movie & games).  RSVP: by Monday, February 18, Advance Ticket Sales Only. Register here  Questions: Contact Anne Levy, [email protected]  Proceeds will go to the Beth El Playground Fund.

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