New law excuses Brazilian Jewish students from exams, classes on Shabbat and holidays
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A new law in Brazil allows Jewish and non-Jewish students to skip school exams and classes for religious reasons.
The students are permitted to be absent on any date in which, according to their religious precepts, the exercise of activities is prohibited, according to the legislation. For Jewish students, it means Shabbat and holidays such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
How going to synagogue regularly turned me into a dumpster diver
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.
‘Deeply illiberal’ shechita ban condemned by UK Jewish leaders
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.
With Intermarriage Endorsement, Rabbi Hopes To Start ‘Grass Roots’ Movement
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.
As the Gulf Warms Up to Israel, a Synagogue Grows in Dubai
By Jonathan Ferziger and Alisa Odenheimer for Bloomberg Business News
The U.A.E. has tried to project a more tolerant image.
For centuries, Jews did business and mixed socially—if warily—with Arab neighbors from Baghdad to Beirut, but most were expelled or emigrated when Israel was founded in 1948. Today, as the region’s economy grows and attitudes toward Israel soften, a fledgling Jewish community in Dubai has founded that city’s first synagogue.