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The Conspiracy - April 19, 2012 0 Comments

Yom Hashoah, Stonybrook no longer to close on Jewish holidays, and more [Required Reading]

Israeli band to perform on Yom Hashoah in Germany [JTA] Acclaimed Israeli group Balkan Beat Box (above), once members of the now defunct JDub label, were scheduled to perform Wednesday in Munich, Germany. The group released a statement saying that the scheduling was an unfortunate coincidence, but …

The Conspiracy - April 18, 2012 0 Comments

Patrilineal conversion; inclusive mikveh; and more. [Required Reading]

Rabbinically intermarried [Sh’ma] Can a couple, both intensely devoted to their particular expression of Judaism, co-exist in a household? (Probably.) The more prudent question is… What does that look like? Rabbi Julie Adler, Director of the B’rit Milah Program of Reform Judaism, …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - April 17, 2012 0 Comments

Jewish media mogul compares Palestinian people to unicorns [pause, not]

Apparently Facebook is more accepting of Palestinian peoplehood than, oh, I don’t know, Newt Gingrich. Obviously, this joke was too good to be missed, so I posted this very screenshot to Facebook earlier today.  David (the Editor here) aptly pointed out that Facebook isn’t actually …

The Conspiracy - April 17, 2012 1 Comment

When joking crosses the line [Stereotypes]

I am Jewish, and in my eyes this gives me the right to be self-depreciating. It’s the same for every culture I have encountered: each pokes fun at themselves slyly amongst themselves and (usually) gets offended if an outsider tries to do the same. So when I read Howard Meyer’s critique …

The Conspiracy - April 17, 2012 1 Comment

Oy with the Jewish stereotypes already; Palestinian prisoner hunger strike; Free the press, and more [Required Reading]

Stereotypes, Oy [Huffington Post] Howard Meyer laments the longevity of unflattering Jewish stereotypes, claiming they are representative of the prejudices of a few discontents years ago and have little relevancy in today’s Jewish communities. He cites examples from the Seinfeld episode …

The Conspiracy - April 16, 2012 1 Comment

Women, the Kotel, and me. [Gender]

The strongest people in my life have always been women. I didn’t plan for that. It just happened. Growing up in a restrictive, uber-religious environment, I am familiar with every scripture (both Jewish and Christian) used throughout history to justify the inferior treatment of women. And …

The Conspiracy - April 16, 2012 1 Comment

Gender and public prayer; god language in liturgy; and more. [Required Reading]

Gender and the Wall [Tikkun] The gender segregation at the heart of politics surrounding the Western Wall has been increasingly contentious over the last few years. In this blog from Tikkun Magazine, Joan Reiss explores the challenges often faced by the Women of the Wall, an activist group seeking …

The Conspiracy - April 13, 2012 1 Comment

Hazing at Boston Jewish fraternity [News]

JTA reports that members of the now-defunct Boston University branch of Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi are under investigation following apparent hazings. The disturbing article reads: “Police responding to a noise complaint early Monday morning discovered the Boston University students …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - April 13, 2012 0 Comments

Schlepping 2012; Gibson’s Maccabees movie done; and more. [Required Reading]

The Great Schlep begins again [Forward] After a successful 2008 campaign to encourage young Jews to talk to their elders about voting for Obama, the follow-up (again called The Great Schlep) has grown by leaps and bounds. The Jewish Daily Forward reports: “The group, called the Jewish …

The Conspiracy - April 12, 2012 4 Comments

Yes. You’re right. We are ‘Wall Street Jews.’

We received an odd letter here in the New Voices office last week: A single piece of paper with a collection of magazine covers featuring some classic money-Jews (Madoff, Greenspan, etc.) and the words “WALL STREET JEWS” in large letters followed by “…OCCUPY WALL …

The Conspiracy - April 12, 2012 0 Comments

On a Youth Activist Culture [Tikkun Olam]

As a recent high school graduate, I can safely say that figuring out what to do with your summers can be a minefield. Going to camp is fun, but doesn’t look that great on college applications. Taking classes at a college can be education, but you don’t really want to spend anymore time …

The Conspiracy - April 12, 2012 0 Comments

Drake’s Bar Mitzvah stirs controversy; Forget camp, Tikkun Olam; AEHazing, and more [Required Reading]

Drake’s Bar Mitzvah [JTA] The rapper’s Jewish roots are well known. His new music video, featured above, allows viewers to see inside his ‘re-bar mitzvah’, held last fall. However, members of Temple Israel in Miami, the synagogue where the video was filmed, are less than …

The Conspiracy - April 11, 2012 3 Comments

Who ‘owns’ the University of Chicago Hillel?

At the University of Chicago Hillel the students aren’t the rebellious ones. The Jewish federation of Chicago fired the professional head of the U. Chicago Hillel along with its entire board on March 30, the Forward reports (written by former New Voices editor Josh Nathan-Kazis). There’s …

The Conspiracy - April 11, 2012 0 Comments

Santorum Wiped Clean and Brushed Aside [GOP 2012]

I was in stats class when Twitter and Facebook exploded with rumors that Rick Santorum was bowing out of the presidential race. So of course I stopped paying attention to standard deviations and confidence intervals. Indeed, despite mass confusion when Washington Post denied rumors that they …

The Conspiracy - April 11, 2012 0 Comments

Meet the first Jew for Jesus; Santorum out of GOP race; and more. [Required Reading]

Meet a Jew for Jesus… err, the first Jew for Jesus [Forward] Ever wanted to meet the founder of Jews for Jesus? (Hey, where’d everybody go?) Moishe Rosen is a curious personality whose life and theology are being explored in a new biography. This article from The Jewish Daily Forward …

The Conspiracy - April 10, 2012 0 Comments

Shtar: your new Jewish crush? [Music]

Jews have a long and healthy relationship with the West’s pop culture forms. In particular, there’s a laundry list of famous Jews making great music. And let’s face it: Bob Dylan is a tough act to follow. So how do we one-up ourselves? Frum Jews riffing on pop music: rock, …

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