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'Jewish Indiana Jones' Bound For Prison

10/12/2012

The odd case of the self-styled, globe-trotting "Jewish Indiana Jones"  took a sad turn Thursday when Rabbi Menachem Youlus was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for fraud.

Indy-cent behavior: Maryland bookstore owner made up exploits, defrauded charity.

Workmen's Circle Study Finds A New Kind of Jew

One in six American Jews are engaged and unaffiliated, look outside synagogue for Judaism

10/10/2012
Staff Writer

About a million of the six million American Jews say being Jewish is very important to them, but that they find their Jewish engagement outside of a synagogue, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The survey shows that there is a third way to be Jewish, its sponsor, the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, wrote in a press release. A person can be an observant Jew, who attends synagogue; a cultural Jew, who enjoys Jewish humor or an “engaged and congregationally unaffiliated” Jew.

COO Probe Concludes At Hadassah

10/07/2012

Hadassah concluded its investigation of former COO Larry Blum for allegedly misusing his corporate credit card but declined to release any details.

Meet 2012’s Great Schlep

Week-old website offers 1,300 “Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews"

08/31/2012
Staff Writer

Sure, the Great Schlep --  the 2008 video urging young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida to convince them to vote for then-candidate Barack Obama -- had live action, and Sarah Silverman’s star power.

Rachel Shukert, a comedy writer, and Ben Abramowitz, are the husband-and-wife team behind YiddishCursesforRepublicanJews.com.

No Ducking Oregon Loyalty In Queens

How Lander College for Men adopted the Oregon Ducks football team.

08/30/2012
Staff Writer

College football kicks off this week, and the 2012 season schedule and pre-season clips about the No. 4-ranked University of Oregon Ducks have already started appearing on campus.

On the Lander College for Men campus in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.

The 300-student Orthodox school in the heart of an Orthodox neighborhood has no football team, no teams of its own beyond intramural flag football, but Lander College has become a bastion of UO-fandom, 2,500 miles east of Eugene, Ore.

O, baby: Lander’s Herb Ratner with some of the school’s Oregon Ducks fans.

In New Trade Law, Obama Administration Will Accept Boycotts Of Israeli Settlements

07/02/2015
Staff writer

Just hours after winning praise from the Jewish community for signing a major trade bill that requires all U.S. trading partners to reject boycotts of Israeli products, the Obama administration announced it would overlook countries that boycott products from Israeli settlements.

Donna Karan: 7 Easy Pieces, 7 Jew-y Facts

The fashion icon is also a Hebrew heroine.

07/02/2015
Editorial Intern

Fashion icon Donna Karan. via Getty Images

Orthodox Jewish Groups Brace For Consequences Of Gay-Marriage Ruling

07/02/2015

Washington – The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

A same-sex marriage supporter celebrating in San Francisco following the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage June 26, 2015. JTA

WATCH: Ad Tells Chuck Schumer To Tip Balance In Iran Talks

07/02/2015

Influential Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has being doing a delicate balancing act when it comes to the nuclear talks with Iran — giving President Barack Obama room to negotiate but also joining Republicans in pushing for a Congressional “backstop.”

Sen. Charles Schumer is a powerful voice at the center of the Capitol Hill debate over the Iran talks. JTA
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