“Charmed” actress Rose McGowan tied the knot on Saturday to artist Davey Detail, People reports.
The two were married by a rabbi under a chuppah in an outdoor ceremony. According to a source, 60 guests attended the “romantic and ethereal” event.
McGowan, who was seen leaving Monique Lhuillier’s boutique the day before the wedding, did in fact walk down the aisle in one of the designer’s gowns. And if it’s the same one she shared a pic of via Instagram recently, it was totally see-through.
Looks like she isn’t going to let marriage break her style.
(JTA) – More than 600 participants attended the first Limmud educational experience in Peru.
Limud Peru on Sunday in Lima featured40 sessions for the 450 adults and 160 children and teens on hand. The children took part in workshops on Judaism and the environment, soccer and dancing.
The Jewish Association of Peru, Leon Pinelo College, Hebraica and Hanoar Hatzioni partnered to produce Limud Peru under the sponsorship of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Limmud International. More than 15 Jewish-owned companies and businesses underwrote the daylong event.
Limmud Jewish learning events have now been held in more than 65 communities and 29 countries worldwide.
Among the sessions offered in the Peruvian capital were “Superman, Federman, Spiderman: the Jewish influence on Comics” and Argentine-Israeli Gabriel ben Tasgal’s “Connecting with Israel through its Humor.”
Peru’s Jewish community of 2,500, which is centered in Lima, features three synagogues and a Jewish day school with nearly 400 students.
Representatives of Spain’s Jewish communities asked Catholic Church officials to return a former synagogue in Toledo during an interfaith conference in Madrid.Click here for the rest of the article...
by Rabbi Benjamin David
Adath Emanu-El is participating in the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution Active Learning Network. This article originally appeared in the synagogue bulletin at Adath Emanu-El as an opportunity for congregants to learn about the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution and their role in shaping it within their community.
Last month, on the front page of the New York Times no less, there was a lengthy article on the state of b’nai mitzvah ceremonies in the United States. This coverage came just days after the latest example of an over-the-top celebration outside Las Vegas, which featured an ostentatious display of dancers, lighting, and more. Perhaps you saw the video on YouTube. The newspaper article questioned, as we all do, I believe, how this rite of passage can become as meaningful and as moving as our ancestors intended. The article proceeds to highlight and applaud what is being termed the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, a program run by the Union for Reform Judaism, which aims to inject thought and scrutiny into the broader process of becoming b’nai mitzvah.
We are participating in this revolution. We are not overhauling our program. We are not doing away with time honored traditions associated with becoming a part of the adult Jewish community. We are not removing text, Torah, or song from a service that resonates deeply. Nearly every Shabbat morning throughout the year, I have the abounding honor of watching as our young ones command the bimah, demonstrating to themselves and those who love them that they are responsible, ever thoughtful and ready for adulthood. I see glowing parents and grandparents brimming with pride.
So, as participants in the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, what exactly are we doing? We are examining the process leading up to this service, select aspects of the service itself, and Jewish life following the service. What should seventh grade look like here at Adath Emanu-El? What should sixth grade look like? How about fifth? In addition to asking what we want our children to learn, we are asking what we want our children to experience. How can community service help reinforce the mandate we inherit to be partners in repairing our world? How can peer mentoring help our students feel more connected to one another and their congregation? How can teen teaching give them the confidence they need? How can our post b’nai mitzvah program provide our teenagers with an impactful Jewish experience that is relevant to them and their complicated teen lives?
Like many of you, I, too, am very interested in answering these questions. Indeed, I believe that b’nai mitzvah, like all Jewish rites of passage, from confirmation on Shavuot to wedding beneath the chuppah, have the power to change lives in ways that are quite real. These are moments that can bring us closer to God and grant us perspective. They are moments that can root us even more deeply in a past that is sacred, and prepare us for the future that awaits us. They are moments, lastly, that can stay with us forever.
As we enter 5774, I look forward to joining in many such events and, by your side, making Judaism real in your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Benjamin David is the Rabbi of Adath Emanu-El in Mt Laurel, NJ. He is the co-founder of the Running Rabbis, a global social justice initiative. He and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of Noa, Elijah, and Samuel.
(JTA) — Representatives of Spain’s Jewish communities at an interfaith conference in Madrid asked Catholic Church officials to return a former synagogue in Toledo.
Isaac Querub, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, or FCJE, made the request Sunday during the 22nd meeting of the Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, a body set up by the Church in 1971 to serve as its official point of contact with worldwide Jewish communities.
“What would be a better act of generosity and reconciliation than the return of the Grand Synagogue of Toledo to the Jewish people and particularly to the Jewish community of Spain, as a symbol of dialogue between Jews and Christians,” Querub said, according to the El Razon daily.
An FCJE statement said that “in addition to fine words, Querub made a concrete request.”
The building, which is owned by the Spanish Catholic Church, “is not being used as a house of worship of any kind these days,” FCJE’s communications director, Maria Royo, told JTA. She said the federation has not received a response from the Church.
Originally known as the Ibn Shushan Synagogue, the 833-year-old building is one of Spain’s most popular museums. It drew some 300,000 visitors in a recent year, half of them locals.
The four-day conference in Madrid aims to enhance Jewish-Christian cooperation on combating intolerance, organizers told JTA. Twenty-two Jewish community leaders from countries such as Panama, Poland, Argentina, Israel, France and Canada are attending.
The Jewish leaders met with Church officials including Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Spain.
Five students from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego were awarded first place in the 2013 Sukkah Design Expo, the university said in a statement.Click here for the rest of the article...
For several months during the spring of his 10th grade year, Jack Millman had an unusual Saturday ritual: He and his mother would ride around metropolitan New York and buy up vast quantities of raw chicken.Click here for the rest of the article...
When Rabbi David Paskin, a congregational rabbi outside of Boston and the co-head of Kehillat Schechter Academy, heard that Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah would fall on the same day this year, he knew it was a chance for families to have fun. But he also saw it as a moment to shine a light on the value of religious freedom that is at the core of both holidays.
So, the singing rabbi composed a song to help celebrate and educate. Late last week, he posted a music video of the lighthearted rhyming number that follows him and a few other troubadours racing through the stairwells of his school singing out with all the kids about latkes, cranberries, Pilgrims, Native Americans, dreidels and the Hasmonean dynasty.
“It’s only in America, where we have this religious freedom, we can shout out loud about this moment in time,” Paskin tells JTA.
Thanksgivukkah, as the confluence of the two holidays has now been dubbed, last occurred in 1888 and may not happen again for 79,043 years. Everyone from Stephen Colbert to Buzzfeed seems to have something to say about the unique happening.
It all strikes a personal chord for Paskin, who says he’s reminded of a teaching from Abraham Joshua Heschel to look at the world with radical amazement. “These holidays are celebrations of tremendous blessings we’ve been given and gifts we’ve received from God,” he says. “If I put on my secular hat, they’re gifts from our country and from each and every person.”
“This is yet another opportunity to look beyond what divides us, and be grateful for what unites us. If ever two holidays that are about this, it’s Chanukah and Thanksgiving.”
(The lyrics to “The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah,” can be found here.)
A new highway into Jerusalem will be named for the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party.Click here for the rest of the article...
Ten Jewish men were removed by police from the Temple Mount after praying and singing at the holy site.Click here for the rest of the article...
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ten Jewish men were removed by police from the Temple Mount after praying and singing at the holy site.
Jerusalem Police detained the men on Monday morning, and then closed the Temple Mount to visitors.
The men reportedly prayed and bowed on the Temple Mount, and then sang “Hatikva,” waved and Israeli flag and danced.
About an hour before the incident, police detained three other Jewish men for questioning after they prayed and bowed during a tour of the Temple Mount, Ynet reported.
Jews generally are not permitted by police to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount, which is considered Judaism’s holiest site, in order to avoid confrontation with Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aksa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site. The site is overseen by the Muslim Wakf, the Muslim religious administration charged with managing the Temple Mount site.
The Temple Mount was closed to non-Muslim visitors during the recent Sukkot holiday over fears that Muslims would be incited to violence by the crowds.
Convening for its centennial conference under the cloud of a recent survey indicating a steep drop in affiliation, the Conservative synagogue movement is trying to use the a gathering to mark a fresh beginning.Click here for the rest of the article...
Some 40,000 people participated in a memorial for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem at the end of the mourning period.Click here for the rest of the article...
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 40,000 people participated in a memorial for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem at the end of the mourning period.
The memorial on Sunday evening at the grave site of the Shas party spiritual leader marked the end of the seven-day shiva period for the one-time Sephardic chief rabbi, who died on Oct. 7 at the age of 93.
Several roads in the city near the cemetery were closed off several hours before the memorial, where some 20 people were injured due to crowding, according to reports.
Shas party leaders and other prominent rabbis participated in the ceremony, including Yosef’s son and the current chief Sephardic rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef; party head Aryeh Deri; and former Sephardic chief rabbi Shlomo Amar.
The haredi Orthodox news website Kikar Shabbat reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was denied permission to eulogize Yosef at his funeral because he is not religious, citing an unnamed member of the burial society.
Hundreds of thousands of mourners filled Jerusalem for the funeral.
A pair of Orthodox Jewish rabbis hired themselves out for years to unhappy wives who wanted their husbands kidnapped and beaten until they agreed to divorces, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said on Friday after arresting 10 men they said were involved in the scheme.Click here for the rest of the article...
The head of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum chronicles his emotional return to the Czech village of his ancestors. Its synagogue, abandoned for a century, is springing back to life.Click here for the rest of the article...
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We look into some of the ethical challenges raised by solitary confinement in prisons; visit best-selling Catholic crime-novel writer James Lee Burke at his home in Montana; and replay our 2012 story about a mock hajj for Muslim American children in Virginia as this year’s annual pilgrimage to Mecca approaches.
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In December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared that October 11 would henceforth be known as the International Day of the Girl. For its second year in existence, the theme of this year’s commemoration is education as a form of girls’ empowerment.
Over the past year, the face of girls’ education advocacy has been sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her activism in support of education for girls. Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the attack on Malala, who fully recovered from her injuries and has become an important voice on this issue around the world. Her story reminds us of the real and present dangers that young women face when they demand a right that is theirs by birth: an education.
Education is just one of the many areas where advocacy is important to improve and empower girls around the world. Access to contraception and sexuality education, protection from gender-based violence and child marriages, as well as the right to participate in broader politics and society alongside access to employment opportunities are just some of the issues that girls and young women face as they develop into women.
But education is at the heart of it all. With education comes self-awareness and self-confidence, because the skills necessary for employment, for figuring out the world’s problems and how to solve them are part and parcel the product of time with teachers, with other students, with books and with the opportunity to ask questions and find answers.
Looking around at my role models, both historical and modern, it is so clear that success is not always guaranteed, especially for women and girls. There are many places in the world where, for social or political reasons, girls do not have the access to opportunity that they deserve. Reflecting on the Day of the Girl and this year’s theme, the lesson of female empowerment is deeply resonant and pertinent.
As Reform Jews, we place great emphasis on the power and importance of education. The Torah calls us not only to learn and discuss G-d’s instructions ourselves, but also to teach them to our children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Fun fact: this citation from Deuteronomy is the beginning of the V’ahavta, the words we recite after the Sh’ma. Educating our future leaders is one step toward ensuring a brighter future – it will certainly be a giant leap toward empowering girls and greater equality for women.