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                                                                                                                                                       African tribe might
                                                                                                                                                       have Jewish origin
                                              groups that promised evenhandedness in
Jewish groups upset                           the treatment of Israel. (JTA)
                                                                                                          The two-year study was presented at
                                                                                                       the CCAR’s annual meeting in San
                                                                                                                                                          DNA tests on the Lemba tribe
                                                                                                                                                       of central Zimbabwe and northern
with Presbyterians                                                    •••
                                                                                                       Francisco. (JTA)
                                                                                                                        •••
                                                                                                                                                       South Africa show that they are of
    Jewish groups are upset with recent       Reform movement urges                                                                                    Jewish or Semitic origin, the BBC
actions by the Presbyterian Church USA                                                                 Falling tree kills                              reported.
regarding its Israel policies.                outreach to intermarried                                                                                    The tribe’s customs are similar to
    A recent report by the church titled          The Reform movement should encour-
                                                                                                       synagogue-goers                                 Jewish ones, including male circum-
                                                                                                                                                       cision, ritual animal slaughter,
“Breaking Down the Walls” was con-            age interfaith couples to stay in the Jewish                Two Orthodox Jewish men returning            abstaining from eating pork and
demned by the Anti-Defamation League          community, a task force proposed.                        from a New Jersey synagogue after evening       wearing skull caps. And their oral
as “a toxic mix of bad history, politically       A task force on intermarriage created                services were killed by a falling tree.         tradition claims they are descended
motivated distortions and offensive           by the Central Conference of American                       The accident occurred in Teaneck             from seven male Jews who left Israel
attacks on Judaism and Israel.”               Rabbis proposed that the movement find                   when a large oak tree that could not with-      2,500 years ago and married African
    The Presbyterian Church USA has           ways to reach out to intermarried fami-                  stand the force of powerful winds fell,         women, according to the BBC.
had a long and contentious history of         lies, for example by creating special                    also knocking down power lines.                    Their prized religious artifact is
treating Israel in a way most American        blessings for the non-Jewish spouses par-                   The victims were identified as               a replica of the Biblical Ark of the
Jewish leaders deem hostile and biased.       ticipating in events such as weddings and                Lawrence Krause, a well-known                   Covenant known as the ngoma
    On the eve of a 2008 convention in        funerals, the Associated Press reported.                 Manhattan personal injury attorney, and         lungundu, meaning “the drum that
which the Middle East was a hot topic,            The findings are a change from the                   Ovadia Mussaffi, president of The               thunders,” the BBC reported. Their
the church released a document on com-        conference’s policy of trying to prevent                 Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck,              sacred prayer language is a mix-
bating anti-Jewish sentiment that was         intermarriage.                                           according to local reports.                     ture of Hebrew and Arabic.
condemned vigorously by an array of               The movement is opposed to its rabbis                   Heavy rain accompanied the winds,               The Lemba also have 12 tribes,
American Jewish organizations as per-         officiating at interfaith weddings, though               which reached 60 mph. The storm                 including a priestly clan that has a
petuating     antisemitic      stereotypes.   each rabbi can make his or her own deci-                 knocked out power and downed trees              genetic element found in Jewish
Ultimately the convention yielded a           sion. The task force did not propose a                   throughout the New York metropolitan            priests or Cohanim, according to
statement embraced by major Jewish            change in that policy, according to the AP.              area. (JTA)                                     the report. (JTA)



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