(RNS) Some question whether American Judaism is still overly focused on the morbidity of the Holocaust. I have often raised that question myself, but not now. Not when a new, groundbreaking documentary about the Holocaust can barely say the word “Jew.”
TEL AVIV (RNS) On Tuesday (Jan. 26) — Holocaust Remembrance Day — Renee Ganz will return to Auschwitz-Birkenau the for the first time, along with nearly 100 other Auschwitz survivors from 19 countries.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Abraham Skorka’s wait-and-see reaction was notably more muted than that of the crowds in Argentina, who immediately implicated the government in the purported suicide of a Jewish prosecutor.
(RNS) More than 7,000 French Jews have moved to Israel in the last year, and there are clear signs others will follow. This is huge. France has the third-largest Jewish community in the world.
(RNS) The Interfaith Alliance, a staunch voice for the separation of church and state, appoints its first non-Christian leader: Rabbi Jack Moline.
ROME (RNS) “The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza,” the bishops said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Proselytizing isn’t part of Jewish DNA. But alumni say that synagogue-sponsored mission trips provide a hands-on way for Jews to fulfill the obligation of “tikkun olam,” Hebrew for “heal the world.”