Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

A group in Los Angeles mounts a billboard campaign to halt U.S. aid to Israel. A pension fund divests from Caterpillar Inc. because some of its tractors are sold to the U.S. government and then on to Israel for military use in the West Bank. And novelist Alice Walker refuses to authorize a new Hebrew translation of her Pulitzer Prize-winning...
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By:
Ira Sheskin
The 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York was released earlier this month with some fanfare -- along with a few surprises. After a decrease from about 2 million in 1970 to 1.4 million in both 1991 and 2002, the region's Jewish population increased to 1.54 million in 2011, reflecting higher numbers of both children and elderly. Even more surprising...
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Ariel Warmflash
I'm not good at transitions. Never have been. I cried my first week at Ramah overnight camp, moped around after returning from my high school semester abroad and remained awake the entire night before leaving for university. I guess I don't like change. So, imagine the aftermath of a transition as big as college graduation. I have been officially out...
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Today's Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th century Reform forebearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning our sacred texts and practices in the light of scientific inquiry and the new frontiers of human thought. Today, we embrace the best of tradition and modernity, science and spirituality. Ours is the Judaism of autonomy,...
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A moment of truth is coming for the Presbyterian Church, and we American Jews have an opportunity to help its members see the light. Thousands have already signed on to a petition calling on the church to reject proposals that it divest from three companies -- Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions -- which do business with Israel. That the church...
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