Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

It's Quality Public Schools We Need, Not Vouchers Your March 10 cover story asked, "Do Vouchers Make the Grade?" The answer: a resounding "no." While your article claims that Jewish points of view about vouchers are changing, it did little to dispute the concerns progressive Jewish supporters of public education continue to raise. The $9,000 per child vouchers intended to...
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Just in time for Purim, the world is turning on its head. But not in the exuberant way we like to experience as we mark the ancient victory of the Jews in Persia over our would-be destroyers. It's hard to muster the annual joy when we are witnessing an unfathomable avalanche of present-day death and destruction. In the past week...
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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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