Saturday, August 2, 2014 Av 6, 5774

By:
Nathan Diament
For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths') parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges, the American Jewish community finds its schools under greater financial stress than ever. This reality, alongside the solidification of court rulings upholding government aid programs and a...
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By:
Dana Evan Kaplan
Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained earlier this month at Temple Emanu-El in New York. The key word here is "ordained." Since the cantorial school was established at HUC in 1948, cantors have been invested rather than ordained. The difference, as JTA put it, was more than "a word." It...
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Next week's presidential elections in Egypt and the reconvening of international talks with Iran in Baghdad could have far-reaching implications for the United States, Israel, the Middle East and beyond. When the Egyptians go to the polls, they will be choosing among an array of candidates who hold vastly divergent views of the role of Islam and what their new...
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The Equality Forum should be commended for featuring Israel, a nation that is seen as one of the world's most progressive when it comes to respecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians. By highlighting Israel during the 20th annual forum for LGBT activists and supporters over the weekend, the group managed simultaneously to take a bold stand, showcase Israeli...
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By:
Sara H. Wenger
The Huffington Post recently reported that Jewish girls are affected by relational aggression at least equal to, if not at a greater rate, than the general teen population. Mothers, when made aware of the problem, are sometimes confused as to how and when to effectively intervene. Often, mothers are not even aware of a problem until a more serious crisis...
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