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Wednesday 06/20/2018
It’s time to stand up and speak out
Posted: June 20, 2018

Today I felt alone.

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The road to LGBT acceptance in Israel was bumpy — I should know
Posted: June 20, 2018

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

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
The chutzpah of Hamas
Posted: June 13, 2018

Like so many Yiddish words (and curses), the word “chutzpah” is very descriptive. The best definition is the old joke which appears in Leo Rosten’s classic lexicon, “The Joy of Yiddish.” He explains chutzpah as when you kill your parents, and then plead for mercy before the court because you are an orphan. That’s chutzpah!

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A new approach to fighting campus anti-Semitism
Posted: June 13, 2018

For Jewish and pro-Israel students, intolerant campus behavior has become prevalent and challenging. On many campuses, not only are positive statements about Israel demonized, but individuals who express these opinions are often intimidated, ostracized and bullied into silence. In the past few months, pro-Israel events have been disrupted at NYU, Syracuse, UCLA and UC Irvine; flyers, graffiti and chalking stating “Zionists Not Welcome on Our Campus” were found at San Francisco State University after a professor wrote on her department’s Facebook page that welcoming Zionist students on campus was a “declaration of war”; and a formal complaint was filed by Jewish students at Columbia University against anti-Zionist student groups for systematically harassing them for more than a year.

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Wednesday 06/06/2018
Furnishing Dignity helps the formerly homeless
Posted: June 06, 2018

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.

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Let’s abolish Jewish celebrities
Posted: June 06, 2018

Like any embattled minority that needed positive role models, early- and mid-20th-century Jews living in the United States embraced celebrities with any sort of tie to the tribe. In that era, Jews were still largely excluded from many sectors of power and society, as well as subject to anti-Semitism. So American Jews were happy to treat any of their co-religionists who broke through to the big time — whether in entertainment, sports or any other endeavor — as heroes of a sort.

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Wednesday 05/30/2018
A Zionist episode in a civil rights pioneer’s remarkable life
Posted: May 30, 2018

Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an unsung civil rights activist and attorney whose groundbreaking work was the subject of a front-page feature in the Washington Post this week, following her death at age 104. What the Post did not realize is that Roundtree was also part of a remarkable alliance of Zionists and African-American activists who won a landmark victory over racial segregation in 1940s Baltimore.

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Pursue distinction: a philanthropist’s call to action to Jewish day schools
Posted: May 30, 2018

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 corners of the Earth, and distinction is the unifier that has made our survival possible.

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