Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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Every several years, the tenor of conversation in the Jewish community reaches such a feverish pitch that it necessitates a new call for civility. Now is one of those times. In fact, many observers and activists well-seasoned in the rough-and-tumble world of Jewish politics say that they have never before witnessed the level of stridency and vitriol that is characterizing...
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The notorious Goldstone report is back in the headlines. And with it comes the painful reminder of Israel's war in Gaza last winter, coupled with the scurrilous suggestion that Israel committed war crimes in its effort to halt the barrage of Hamas rockets that had terrorized its southern population for years. Israel's Foreign Ministry released its initial rebuttal to the...
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Birthright Israel recently marked its 10th anniversary, and we can only hope that it will be around for at least another decade. It is widely acclaimed as one of the most successful innovations to hit the American Jewish scene in decades. The program, which offers free 10-day trips for young Jewish adults in the Diaspora, was the brainchild of mega-philanthropists...
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The images emerging from Haiti are staggering; the statistics mind-boggling. While it would be easy to be struck with paralysis by the depth of such death and destruction, this is not the Jewish way. And so, from day one of a crisis of incomprehensible proportions, Israel and a host of Jewish organizations have rushed to join -- and, in many...
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