Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
By:
Sid Schwarz
I have more than a passing interest in the debate that's emerged about Jewish social entrepreneurship, which has become a hot topic in the blogosphere. I am a serial entrepreneur, having founded a synagogue (Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md.), a national Jewish educational organization (the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values) and a national interfaith initiative (the...
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By:
​Edgar M. Bronfman and Randall Kaplan
When the Jewish people seeks an exemplar for openness and hospitality, we often turn to our patriarch Abraham. In one fascinating chapter in Genesis, we learn that just three days after his circumcision, an ailing Abraham rushes from his tent in the heat of the day to welcome three passing visitors, who turn out to be divine messengers. Our tradition...
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By:
Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu
A recent survey by the Forward of 75 major American Jewish communal organizations found that fewer than one in six are run by women, and that those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by a man. I was not surprised to read this, only saddened again by the realities of the Jewish community. It is past time...
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By:
Ken Fink, JE Feature
Every year on my birthday, for as far back as I can recall, my father has wished me a happy birthday and asked: "So, do you feel different today?" He always meant it as a joke, but there is a subtle truth to it. Many of our changes are gradual, so we set a marker to make the change truly...
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By:
​Barry Morrison
Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, has said, in reference to the past 12 months: "It was probably the worst year for global anti-Semitism in my tenure with the ADL." With this in mind, what should we make of anti-Semitism nationally? The numbers do offer a sobering picture, and yet it's far from all gloom and doom...
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