Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
By:
Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy
As a congregational rabbi, I have witnessed firsthand the gap in our community when it comes to discussing and advocating for Israel's future. Indeed, there is a sizable portion of our community comprised of American Jews who believe that we need a more constructive dialogue -- one that reflects our aspirations to finally secure the dream of a Jewish, democratic...
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By:
Roberta E. Dzubow
March has become a month when Israel's enemies are most visible, especially in academia and in the political arena. It is a period that includes two weeks of lie-filled, anti-Israel events on university campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the world. Named "Israeli Apartheid Week," this offensive against Israel culminates on March 30 with a planned international boycott of...
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By:
Dasee Berkowitz
When was the last time you stood on your head? If you don't practice yoga, and you're not a 2-year-old, it's probably been quite a while. But being upside-down is nothing new for Jews on Purim. It's a holiday known for the expression nahafochu , Hebrew for "to be turned on its head." And when your world is turned upside-down,...
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By:
Alan Silverstein
Conservative Judaism is dying, I hear -- or at least according to the media. Not so. Please don't tell me that because North America's United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has had its problems, that means Conservative/ Masorti Judaism is declining around the Jewish world. Yes, the number of USCJ affiliates has diminished from its peak of 800 a half-century ago...
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By:
Jay M. Starr
Most of our great-grandparents and grandparents landed here from Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920 in four great waves of immigration, and quickly grasped the differences between America and Europe. Although they'd known poverty in their shtetls, the conditions of the sweatshops and mills of industrial America were new. But here they found the freedom to speak, write and gather...
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