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It’s time to stand up and speak out

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Today I felt alone.

Qatar tries the Jewish angle

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A strange consequence of the anti-Semitic belief that Jews have undue influence in America is that countries who want to influence the U.S. go…

A change in the NoKo narrative

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“If I have to say I’m sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that gets us to save 30 million lives — it could be more than that — I’m willin…

The road to LGBT acceptance in Israel was bumpy — I should know

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Tel Aviv has been decked out in rainbow flags for weeks. Suddenly, it seems, every restaurant, coffee shop and store is super “gay friendly.”

The chutzpah of Hamas

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Like so many Yiddish words (and curses), the word “chutzpah” is very descriptive. The best definition is the old joke which appears in Leo Ros…

Supreme Court decides narrowly

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There was a slice for both sides in last week’s Supreme Court’s cake shop decision. Those who are concerned with government infringement on re…

The secret to unity

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Here’s the secret to fostering unity in a Jewish community and for attracting people who have never been involved before: Bring all the rabbis…

A new approach to fighting campus anti-Semitism

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For Jewish and pro-Israel students, intolerant campus behavior has become prevalent and challenging. On many campuses, not only are positive s…

Furnishing Dignity helps the formerly homeless

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I am an attorney for the local legal aid in Phoenix. Many of my clients not only have legal needs but social, emotional and practical needs as well.

Poor choices for religious freedom commission

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In a nod to his conservative evangelical base, President Donald Trump appointed longtime activist Gary Bauer to the U.S. Commission on Interna…

Tefillin rage

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Fifteen years ago, anyone viewing the strange encounter between three Israelis, one of whom was putting on tefillin at Ben-Gurion Airport, wou…

Let’s abolish Jewish celebrities

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Like any embattled minority that needed positive role models, early- and mid-20th-century Jews living in the United States embraced celebritie…

A Zionist episode in a civil rights pioneer’s remarkable life

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Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an unsung civil rights activist and attorney whose groundbreaking work was the subject of a front-page feature in …

So close, and yet so far

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Anew study commissioned by the UJA-Federation of New York has concluded that a majority of Israelis believe that the government of Prime Minis…

Fraternities in trouble

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Amidst a national conversation concerning the value and possibility of harm posed by the Greek fraternity and sorority system on college campu…

Pursue distinction: a philanthropist’s call to action to Jewish day schools

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Distinction. It’s in the Jewish community’s DNA, and it has enabled our survival throughout the ages. We are a people scattered over all four …

Inclusion must also apply to those suffering mental illness

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There is a synagogue we visit from time to time. Every time we have been there, a man sits alone in the front row. His dress is a bit shabbier…

You still belong here

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I recently returned from the JCCs of North America Biennial conference in Memphis. Valley of the Sun JCC CEO Jay Jacobs, COO Kim Subrin, board…

Is it worth the gamble?

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In a 6-3 ruling last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning gambling on sports, and made the choice to permit it a mat…

How learning will bring together divided communities

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Imagine a room full of students from across the United States — Orthodox, Conservative and Reform — sitting with each other and discussing a g…