Ben Harris

Ben Harris

Waving the Zionist flag at Santa Cruz

On the third floor of the Baskin Engineering building at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is going over points of Hebrew grammar.

Ziegler-Schechter Split Over Conservative Ideologies

n a further sign that the American and international wings of the Conservative movement are moving in different ideological directions, American Jewish University’s rabbinical seminary has ended its longstanding residency program with Machon Schechter in Jerusalem, the only institution that ordains Conservative rabbis in Israel.

Postville Jewish community struggles to survive after raid

After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town\’s Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial.

Shoah group halts talks with Mormons on posthumous baptism of Jews

At a news conference Monday, leaders of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, seated in front of panels listing names of Holocaust victims they say were baptized by the Mormons, said that 14 years of quiet negotiations have proven fruitless.

Agriprocessors closed — now where’s the beef?

The kosher meat market is in a tailspin as production at the Agriprocessors\’ meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, which had been operating at a fraction of its normal capacity since May, finally ground to a halt this week. The company, whose meat was sold under the labels Rubashkin\’s and Aaron\’s Best, among others, filed for bankruptcy Nov. 4.

Troubles at meat plants prompt increased fear of kosher beef shortages

With the kosher meat producer Agriprocessors facing mounting financial problems, and a fire-related shutdown at another major kosher producer, industry insiders say major supply disruptions are inevitable and kosher consumers should brace themselves for some rough times


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