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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 •••
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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