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A Rabbi's World: The Death of Civility

03/26/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Those of a certain age and inclination will recognize this lyric from a great Buffalo Springfield song of the late '60's: "Something's happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear…" That's exactly what it feels like to me in America right now. Something's happening. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but it feels visceral and scary, and I'm sure I'm not making it up.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

UJA-Fed. Leaders: Connect To Care Will Continue

Jerry Levin, Alisa Doctoroff to take top lay spots in July; recession initiative supported.

03/24/2010
Staff Writer

The incoming top two lay leaders of UJA-Federation will start their tenure during an ongoing recession and high unemployment. But a major program that was created to help the Jewish community deal with the downturn in the economy will continue, says incoming president Jerry Levin.
 
Connect to Care, which was launched by the philanthropy last year with a one-year budget of $6.8 million from UJA-Federation reserves, will receive funding beyond this month, says Levin, who will become president on July 1.
 

Jerry Levin and Alisa Doctoroff, from disparate Jewish backgrounds, will join to lead UJA-Federation for the next three years.

Service-Learning Project Brings Hillel Students Here

Program includes work in Harlem and the Jewish community, but raises questions for some.

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of Jewish students in recent years have spent their winter, spring and summer breaks building homes in New Orleans, working with the rural poor in Guatemala and helping staff human rights groups in Asia and Africa. It’s all part of an upswing in community service opportunities offered by organizations like Hillel, the American Jewish World Service, Jewish federations and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Hillel students assemble Passover packages in Queens.  TOP PHOTO: Doug Chandler

A Vision for Street Torah

03/22/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

This column is a protest: its intent is to help prevent Jewish thought from being hijacked to the monastic serenity of quiet mountaintops where peace is chosen over truth and the self over the collective. Authentic religion today is lived in the hustle and bustle of the streets and it is here that Torah can be most transformative for 21st century Jews. As Moses is reassured (Deuteronomy 30:12), “Lo bishamayim hi” – The Torah is not in the heavens!
 

How will the health insurance reform bill passed by Congress affect your family's care?

Congress has passed, and President Obama will sign,  sweeping health insurance reform legislation. Democrats say it will improve care for middle class Americans and provide health insurance for many who now lack it; Republicans say it will add to the deficit and restrict choice.  Aside from the political rhetoric, how do you expect the changes that will take place over the next five years will affect your family? Your health care choices?

Jewish Groups Praise Health Care Reform Bill's Passage

Jewish Republicans: plan will "worsen our already dire fiscal situation"

03/22/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish groups are lauding the U.S. Congress' passage of a health care reform bill.

On Monday, the morning after the House of Representatives passed a measure that would create sweeping change in the way health care is provided in the United States, a slew of Jewish groups issued statements in support and looking forward to its signature into law by President Obama.

B’nai B’rith International was among the groups hailing the bill's passage.

Tim Boxer: Providing For New York's Hungry

03/21/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

New York Sate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is amazed how Pomegranate, the ultramodern kosher supermarket in Brooklyn, has inspired so many kosher shoppers.

"My wife gets her Shabbos food there every Friday," he told me.

Having made an impact on shoppers - with its valet parking, and aisles wide enough to navigate with a golf cart, never mind shopping cart - it's no wonder that the store's owner was one of four honorees recognized by Met Council.

Met Council CEO William Rapfogel honors Pomegranate owner Abraham Banda and American Express chairman/CEO Kenneth Chenault

The Glass Pulpit

08/06/2004
Staff Writer

Female rabbis in the Conservative movement face obstacles to career advancement not unlike those encountered by women in other historically male-dominated professions.

A new report shows that women rabbis earn $77,000 annually on average, while men make about 50 percent more, earning an average of $119,000 per year.
The study also found that women tend to lead smaller and less populous congregations, and hold fewer influential non-pulpit positions than do their male counterparts.

Revival By The Sea

07/30/2004
Staff Writer

In 2000 Rabbi Shohama Wiener was invited to lead High Holy Days services at Kona Beth Shalom, a synagogue on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the congregation’s greeting of choice is “Shaloha.” When she wasn’t conducting services or polishing her sermons, the rabbi swam and snorkeled alongside congregants in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

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