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Jews are world’s most educated religious group, study finds

Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group, with an average of more than 13 years of formal schooling, according to a new study.

The Pew Research Center study published Dec. 13, found that Jews worldwide have four years more of schooling on average than the next-most educated group, Christians, who average about nine years of schooling. Muslims and Hindus are the least-educated religious groups, each with about 51/ years of formal schooling. The global average is less than eight years.

Jews led the groups in several other categories. Jewish men and women have the smallest average gap in years of formal schooling at zero (Hindu women, on the other extreme, trail men by 2.7 years). Sixty-one percent of Jews have at least some post-high school education; the global average is 14 percent. Ninety-nine percent of Jews have had some formal schooling.

American Jews have the highest rate of higher education, at 75 percent (compared to 40 percent of Americans generally), and have an average of 14.7 years of schooling.

AJC donates to rebuilding of Florida mosque destroyed by arson

The American Jewish Committee has donated funds to help rebuild a the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, destroyed by arson.

Robert Silverman, the AJC’s director of Muslim- Jewish Relations, delivered the donation to worshippers at the mosque during a morning prayer service. In part, he said the donation was a small gesture to thank Muslims for welcoming Jews to their counties during the Inquisition.

“An attack on any house of worship is an affront to all Americans, regardless of their religious affiliation. Burning a mosque is a hate crime condemned by the entire American Jewish community,” Silverman added.

The alleged perpetrator of the arson, Joseph Michael Schreiber, 32, reportedly is Jewish. Schreiber, who has posted anti-Islamic material on social media, is facing at least 30 years in prison if convicted of the attack, which has been classified as a hate crime. The fire took place on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Cut out traditional Hanukkah doughnuts, health minister tells Israelis

JERUSALEM – Israel’s health minister called on the public to refrain from eating the traditional Hanukkah treat sufganiyot.

“I call on the public to avoid eating sufganiyot, which are rich in fats,” Yaakov Litzman of the Orthodox United Torah Judaism party said during a conference to promote healthy eating, Ynet reported. “You can find alternatives for everything nowadays and there is no need for us to fatten our children with sufganiyot, which are not in line with the principles of health and proper nutrition.”

The traditional jelly doughnuts are deep fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are ubiquitous in the weeks leading up to Hanukkah with bakeries frying them on the street and selling them fresh to passers-by.

“If I had to say this today, I’d say sufganiyot out,” Litzman said. ‘You can eat them, of course, because it is part of the holiday’s customs, but there are alternatives.”

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