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Bush to Speak at Event for Jewish-Conversion Group

By Jspace Staff on 11/8/2013 at 1:10 PM

Categories: Israel, United States, Religion

Bush to Speak at Event for Jewish-Conversion Group

Past President George W. Bush is set to keynote a fundraiser for a controversial group that was founded to convert Jews to Christianity. Bush will appear at the November 14 fundraiser of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a Texas-based group that trains missionaries on how to convert Jews to believe in Jesus, in the hopes that the work will lead to the second coming of Christ. From the group’s site: “The vision of the MJBI is to bring Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua …More

Perry Announces Texas A&M Peace University in Nazareth

By Jspace Staff on 10/22/2013 at 3:45 PM

Categories: Education, Israel

Perry Announces Texas A&M Peace University in Nazareth

Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to announce the creation of Texas A&M Peace University, a branch of the American university to be opened in Nazareth. The new campus, in the largest Arab city in Israel, will help meet the education needs of the Israeli Arab population. Peace University will feature undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, with instruction in English. International, Jewish and Arab students would all be welcome at the Nazareth campus. “It makes sense for Muslims, Jews and …More

Bar Mitzvah Boy Sam Horowitz Donates Gifts to Israeli Youth Village

From JTA on 8/19/2013 at 6:36 PM

Categories: Israel, United States

Bar Mitzvah Boy Sam Horowitz Donates Gifts to Israeli Youth Village

Sam Horowitz, whose bar mitzvah entrance video recently went viral on YouTube, has donated thousands of dollars of his gift money to an Israeli youth village. Sam, of Dallas, and his parents asked guests at the bar mitzvah to make a contribution to the Ben Yakir Youth Village in lieu of gifts, and is requesting that those who watch the performance online to do the same, the Forward reported over the weekend. Thus far, $36,000 has been donated to the youth village, which is home to 120 boys aged 12-18, mostly …More

13-Yr-Old Earns GMA Spot After Bar Mitzvah Dance Goes Viral (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 8/15/2013 at 6:00 PM

Categories: Gossip, Entertainment

Is this the most impressive bar mitzvah entrance ever? Yes, yes it is. Thirteen-year-old Sam Horowitz made quite a splash at his coming of age reception, and now the whole world is getting to see. Sam made his bar mitzvah party debut with a slew of burlesque dancers and flashing lights, and thankfully someone had a video camera handy. The clip has now gone viral, garnering nearly half a million views and earning the Texas-native the top trending spot on YouTube virtually overnight. Sam also won himself an …More

US Synagogues Merging Across Denominational Divide

From JTA on 5/13/2013 at 11:56 AM

Categories: Finance, Judaism, Religion

US Synagogues Merging Across Denominational Divide

The Jews of Corpus Christi knew a decade ago they had to act fast to save their two synagogues. With at most 1,000 Jews left in the Texas town and only 60 families making up its membership, the 60-year-old Conservative synagogue was in shaky financial shape. So in 2005, B’nai Israel Synagogue merged with Temple Beth El, a Reform shul, to form Congregation Beth Israel, combining customs and sharing sacred spaces to preserve Jewish life in an area that saw its heyday around World War II. The combined …More

5/2/13 Round Up AM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 5/2/2013 at 10:56 AM

Categories: Israel, Round Up, United States

5/2/13 Round Up AM Edition

Jewish leaders are alarmed by the far-right anti-Semitism in Hungary. [Reuters] A testament to Jewish life in Morocco. [Haaretz] Holland Jews welcome their new king with prayer. [Ynet] A Jewish school in Houston canceled classes Thursday following a bomb threat. [Houston Chronicle] Napa County is getting its first Jewish cemetery. [Napa Valley Register] Should a pro-BDS activist Jew address a Jewish group? [Arutz Sheva] What if Justin Bieber had to do battle with Hitler? [New Yorker] A Jewish dinner …More

Texas Inmate Wins Kosher Food Fight

By Jspace Staff on 1/5/2013 at 5:19 PM

Categories: United States, Legal, Food

Texas Inmate Wins Kosher Food Fight

An inmate at a Texas correctional facility has won the right to be served kosher food. Max Moussazadeh, who was convicted in 1993 for his part in a murder plot, filed a suit in federal court against the Texas Department of Corrections in order to be “allowed to receive kosher meals because it is part of religious duty.” In his original suit filed in 2005, Moussazedah claimed he had been “forced to eat non-kosher foods” after being transferred to the higher security Stiles facility that …More

12/31/12 Round Up AM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 12/31/2012 at 10:55 AM

Categories: United States, Culture, Round Up

12/31/12 Round Up AM Edition

Israel renews its push for the European Union to outlaw Hezbollah. [Algemeiner] Israeli President Shimon Peres says there is nothing wrong with talking to Hamas, as long as "we can find an answer." [Algemeiner] Egypt detains an Israeli who wants to fight for Palestine. [Times of Israel] A new law in Maryland, a state that produces no kosher wine, will allow consumers to purchase the product online. [Forward] Shas tables plans for anti-African campaign videos, fearing a racial backlash. [Times of Israel] A …More

Bibi Meets with Texas Senator, Talk Syria Chemical Weapons (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 12/18/2012 at 3:31 PM

Categories: United States, Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Texas Senator-elect Ted Cruz Monday, to discuss the threat of Syrian chemical weapons. Cruz is in Israel for the week as part of a diplomatic tour. It is his first trip to the Jewish state. “I look forward to working to strengthen the already incredibly strong alliance between the United States and Israel,” Cruz said during the meeting. “In my view the United States should stand unshakably alongside the nation of Israel.” “I thank …More

Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Holy Land Foundation Convictions

From JTA on 10/30/2012 at 5:17 PM

Categories: Israel, United States

Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Holy Land Foundation Convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal of four Holy Land Foundation organizers who were convicted on charges of conspiring to send money to Hamas. The appeal was declined Monday without explanation. The Texas-based Holy Land Foundation had its assets frozen by the Bush administration in December 2001. The Islamic charity and five defendants were found guilty in 2008 on charges of funneling money to Hamas. The four appellants, of the five convicted in 2008, were Shukri Abu Baker, sentenced to 65 years in …More

Appeals Court Hears Arguments of Texas Inmate Demanding Kosher Food

From JTA on 10/2/2012 at 3:51 PM

Categories: United States, Legal, Food

Appeals Court Hears Arguments of Texas Inmate Demanding Kosher Food

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments in the case of a Texas prison inmate who is demanding kosher food. Attorneys for Max Moussazadeh, who is serving a 75-year sentence for a 1993 murder, made their case October 1 before a three-judge panel of the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. After Moussazadeh filed a 2005 federal lawsuit complaining that the prison system did not provide kosher food, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice started a kosher food program at one of its prisons and …More

Jewish Prof. Says She Lost her Job at Texas A&M for Complaining About Crosses

From JTA on 6/4/2012 at 5:35 PM

Categories: Education, Religion

Jewish Prof. Says She Lost her Job at Texas A&M for Complaining About Crosses

A Jewish adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio said she has not been asked back to teach because she complained about crosses placed near the entrance of the public university. Sissy Bradford, who taught criminology at the university, said she received hate mail both in hard copy and electronically, including death threats, the San Antonio Express reported. Bradford last October protested against crosses affixed on the Tower of Hope, a tower demarcating the entrance to the university. The …More

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