Christian seders OK by me

Over at Religion Dispatches, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy — a Christian woman married to a Jewish man — urges her co-religionists to forego the increasingly popular American Christian practice of hosting their own Passover seders. I say why not?

Cardinal Lustiger wows Hartford’s Jews

The hit of this year’s Hartford Jewish Film Festival was “The Jewish Cardinal,” a French TV biopic about Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish convert who served as archbishop of Paris from 1981 until 2005. It was the opening night presentation last Thursday, and played to sold-out crowds in two theaters Saturday evening.

The resurrection of the Crown Market

A few weeks ago┬áI wrote about the death of West Hartford’s Crown Market, the beloved kosher grocery store that has been serving the greater Hartford Jewish community for three-quarters of a century. God forbid that I should leave the impression that this was the end of the story. For within days, Henry Zachs, the community’s […]

Death of a kosher market

The greater Hartford Jewish community, whose epicenter is West Hartford, was rocked this week by news that the Crown Market is closing. For 74 years, the Crown has been not just the place where you could buy kosher but the community’s heart and soul.

Anti-Zionism as anti-Judaism

The significance of “Zionism Unsettled,” the study guide put out under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church last month, does not lie in its wholesale embrace of the Palestinian cause but in its theological rejection of Zionism as a species of religious exceptionalism.

American Jewish Committee supports contraception mandate

More than 80 friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed in the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate case, and the most provocative question they address is whether for-profit corporations have a First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. But even if the Court says they do, that doesn’t guarantee Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood their exemptions from the mandate.

Pew on Jew

To say that the Pew Research Center’s survey of U.S. Jews has had an impact on its subject population is an understatement. In synagogues and federations across America, it’s been the talk of the community since it was released last month, and for good reason.