Friday, August 28, 2015 Elul 13, 5775

Media Clippings
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I can't remember the last time the Sunday travel section of The New York Times considered Israel as a destination for intrepid tourists. It was definitely years ago, perhaps in the 1990s sometime, once the Oslo Accords had been signed and the world seemed to ease up on Israel a little. In fact, I can count on the fingers of...
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Media Watch
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
It wasn't surprising to read the Christmas coverage from Bethlehem. Christians living under Arab rule have difficulties all year round, not just on Christmas. Yet, most of the year, Christians ignore the problems their coreligionists face. An NBC Nightly News' reporter cited three causes for this year's gloom: fighting among Palestinian factions, Israel's security barrier, and international sanctions against the...
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Andrew Silow-Carroll
The end of 2007 saw the publication of two important documents on the future of the American synagogue, and, at first glance, they could not appear more different. The first, "Acting Strategically: A Manual for Synagogue Planning," is a product of the Minneapolis-based STAR, or Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal. Written in the language of business consulting, the manual offers a...
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Evelyn Gordon
One of the most widespread misconceptions about Israeli-Palestinian talks is that "everyone knows what a deal looks like," and all that's needed is for the parties to sit down and sign it. As The New York Times put it in an editorial last month, "the issue is less how peace would look than whether leaders ... have the political courage...
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Just Whose 'Holiday' Does That Tree Represent? Your article on holiday observances (Cover story: "Deck the Halls -- With What?" Dec. 20) reminded me of an issue that I faced as a teacher last December. I'd been employed for 12 years at Pemberton Township High School. During the last three of those years, the high school building had a Christmas...
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