Products that Do Not Require Passover Certification and Much More in OU Guide to Passover 2017 [download]

Posted on March 26th, 2017
From the Jewish Press
You are now welcome to download the OU Passover Guide 2017, with the following sections:

The OU Certified Products That DO NOT Require OU-P

Products that are Kosher when Bearing an OU-P, and Infant Formulas and Supplements.

Non-Food Items and Guidelines for Medicine.

OU-Kitniyot and OU-Matza Ashira Products.

Halachic Times for Passover.

“Sizing Up the Seder.”

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For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.


Study finds clues to blood cancer in Arabs and Jews

Posted on March 19th, 2017
By ISRAEL21c Staff    
Some risk factors for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma are the same in both groups, while others are unique to one or the other.

New light has been shed on the interplay between genes, environment and disease with the publication of an Israeli study on risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in Jewish and Arab populations.

As of 2012, Israel ranked first in the world in NHL incidence rates. This blood cancer represents the fifth most common malignancy in Israel and the eighth most common malignancy among West Bank Palestinians.

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Conservative synagogues pass resolution allowing non-Jews as members

Posted on March 12th, 2017
From JTA

The umbrella body for Conservative synagogues approved a resolution to allow individual congregations to decide whether to grant membership to non-Jews.

The resolution was passed on March 1 during a special meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism General Assembly held over the internet with electronic voting. The measure passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 94 to 8 with one abstention. According to a statement from the USCJ, 15 members did not vote.

“USCJ supports every affiliated kehillah in developing its own criteria for membership,” the resolution reads, using a Hebrew word for congregation.

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Artist Anish Kapoor named winner of $1 million ‘Jewish Nobel’

Posted on March 5th, 2017

Anish Kapoor, an influential and innovative artist as well a longtime social activist, was named the winner of the 2017 Genesis Prize.

Kapoor, the son of a Baghdadi Jewish mother and Indian father, was tapped Sunday for the so-called Jewish Nobel. He joins Itzhak Perlman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor-director Michael Douglas as recipients of the $1 million prize.

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Posted on February 26th, 2017
By Stephanie Butnick for Tablet Magazine  
Researchers identify 350-person founding population of Ashkenazi Jewry

According to a new study, all Ashkenazi Jews are basically cousins. More specifically, Ashkenazi Jews are at least 30th cousins. LiveScience reports on the international team’s new study, which found that “the central and eastern European Jewish population, known as Ashkenazi Jews, from whom most American Jews are descended, started from a founding population of about 350 people between 600 and 800 years ago.”

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