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January 8, 2010

Jan. 8: Bar Mitzvahs Without God, Israel Strikes Gaza, Chabad Car Crash

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Bar mitzvahs without God: Secular Judaism keeps next generation in the fold

Children at the Sholem Community, a Secular Jewish Sunday school in Los Angeles, celebrating Sukkot.
Children at the Sholem Community, a Secular Jewish Sunday school in Los Angeles, celebrating Sukkot. (The Sholem Community)
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations has demonstrated an ability to attract and hold its next generation in a world where most Jewish organizations wrack their brains trying to figure out what young people want. Read more »

Israel strikes Gaza

Israeli warplanes struck four targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket that landed near Ashkelon. Read more »

Op-Ed: Once unthinkable, a Jewish community thrives in Poland

A Polish Jewish activist who had predicted the demise of Polish Jewry with his generation now notes with incredulity how it has flourished since freedom came to his land. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Letter from Sana’a (Forward)

Josh Berer reports on the last Jews of Yemen, who have become internal refugees among strife in the country.

The funny thing about genocide (Tablet)

Shalom Auslander, the author of “Foreskin’s Lament,” is working on a comic novel about genocide.

Divorces gone awry (Jerusalem Post)

Ruth Eglash reports on a crop of new YouTube videos highlighting the plight of agunot — women “chained” to recalcitrant husbands who refuse to grant their wives a religious divorce document, or get.

Inside the Gaza freedom march (Haaretz)

Amira Hass reports on the effort this week by activists to march into Gaza from Egypt and bring with them humanitarian aid.

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Breaking News

The son of a Chabad rabbi and another Jewish New Yorker were killed in a traffic accident on their way home from a wedding.
Israel’s chief rabbis were blasted for a public statement decrying abortion in Israel.
Israel reportedly has agreed to pay $10 million in compensation for damaging United Nations buildings in Gaza.
An order issued by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will allow local West Bank municipal councils to authorize home renovations and public infrastructure work.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has harmed university education and academic freedom in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, a Canadian-authored study alleges.

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