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ADL seizes the center

It’s not often that a Jewish organization revises its position on a public matter. Most groups are beholden to an ideological slice of donors and members and are frozen on a single track. Yet the groups that take nuanced and thoughtful positions are the ones that generally win the respect of the wider community.
Wednesday 11/16/2016
After the election
Posted: November 16, 2016

When President-elect Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama at the White House last week, most observers expected a frosty encounter, but the two emerged from the meeting with expressions of respect for one another and each other’s concerns about our country as it makes the transition to a new administration.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Looking ahead to awe
Posted: September 14, 2016

The month of Elul will be nearly half over by the time you read this. It’s the month when Jews take stock of the year just passed, in preparation for the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or High Holidays. This is a spiritual task, an “accounting of the soul” (cheshbon hanefesh).

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Strength, not ignorance
Posted: August 31, 2016

“College students tend to be open-hearted and naively helpful to causes that they think merit their attention.” This is what Richard L. Cravatts, who sits on the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East told Jewish News in 2013, before giving a Passages lecture on how academia and campus environments have become hostile to Israel and, thus, to Jews.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
It’s a gift
Posted: August 24, 2016

Pardon our pride in believing that Jewish News is a community asset. Many have asked how much the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix paid for the newspaper when it took over on July 15. The answer is “nothing.”

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
Recalling Munich, but ...
Posted: August 17, 2016

Down in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 14, under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, senior Brazilian officials and Israeli sports representatives joined in commemorating the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Time to get connected
Posted: August 10, 2016

In this week’s Get Connected issue, we feature a wide range of ways for people to get involved in our local Jewish community.

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Wednesday 07/20/2016
Go home where?
Posted: July 20, 2016

The spray-painted message was simple. “Go home Jew” was scrawled next to a swastika on the driveway of Adam Stevens’ home in San Tan Valley (see story). The Republican legislative candidate described his rush of emotions at seeing this hateful vandalism: “I went from angry to confused to sad to frustrated and back to sad again.” 

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GOP’s shift on Palestinian state not radical
Posted: July 20, 2016

The omission of Palestinian statehood from this year’s Republican Party platform is neither a radical change nor a departure from immutable U.S. policy, as some critics are claiming. In fact, both parties’ platforms have repeatedly changed positions on Israel-related issues over the years, in keeping with the preference of the presidential nominee or the changing mood among their rank and file.

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