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Reform and Conservative men's clubs agree on 'historic' cooperation

The men's clubs of the Reform and Conservative movements agreed on a "historic" collaboration.

The Men of Reform Judaism and the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs have agreed to collaborate in various ways, including sharing data and training materials, attending each other's meetings and missions, leadership development and promoting successful programming to the two memberships.

“This is not a merger; each organization will continue to maintain its own identity,” the groups said in a memorandum of understanding. “It is our joint belief that this inter-Movement cooperation between men’s groups will enhance our understanding of, and enable us to involve, Jewish families.”

The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs is the umbrella group for more than 250 affiliated Conservative organizations across North America. Men of Reform Judaism was founded in 1923 as the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods.

In Israeli first, Orthodox Jerusalem synagogue hires female spiritual leader

In a first for an Orthodox congregation in Israel, a woman has been hired as a spiritual leader at a Jerusalem synagogue. Karmit Feintuch will serve at the Ramban synagogue alongside Rabbi Benny Lau, The Jerusalem Post reported.

She will have the title “rabbanit” at the religious Zionist synagogue in the Katamon neighborhood.

Feintuch, who has served as an educator at the Migdal Oz seminary in the West Bank since 2008, will deal “with all aspects of the spiritual life of the community and the connection between man and God,” Rabbi Lau said.

Feintuch will be the first female communal leader at an Orthodox synagogue in Israel, according to the Post. In 2015, Jennie Rosenfeld became the first female communal spiritual leader to serve the Orthodox community of a town, the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

Many Orthodox Jews are vehemently opposed to the idea of women rabbis, and several mainstream Orthodox rabbis and institutions have ruled that ordaining female rabbis violates Jewish law.

Asked if he was concerned about a backlash against the appointment, Rabbi Lau told the Post: “I am not really interested in what people will say. More than 50 percent of the community are women, so why shouldn’t there be a woman in a leadership role?”

Ravens player boasts weight loss – by cutting down on gefilte fish

An NFL football player just sacked gefilte fish.

The Passover staple is no good for those trying to maintain a healthy diet, suggested Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

“I like my fried chicken, my pizza, my peaches and my gefilte fish. I had to cut all that out,” Suggs said when asked about his recent weight loss, according to AP. “I still eat the peaches, though, and a little bit of the fish. But that’s about it.”

While Suggs did not elaborate on how he got hooked on gefilte fish, the linebacker has a Jewish history. He considers himself “half-Jewish” and has a Star of David tattoo on his right arm, according to TMZ.

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