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The Overscheduled Jewish Child

As families and children juggle multiple activities, congregations seek to accommodate — and provide
a haven from — their demands.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2010

 Traditionally, when Jewish children first learn their Hebrew letters they’re given candy or honey to create a sweet association. At North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, L.I., the connection is more savory — try marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. So begins the Tuesday night Hebrew school for students in seventh grade. 

Blessing of a Friday-night meal: Family dinner takes precedence over soccer and music lessons for some local families.

Shining A Light On Older Teens With Autism

Conference focuses on underserved population as they make
the tough transition to adulthood.

Staff Writer
05/05/2010

 

 

 

In the last 10 or so years, autism has exploded into the national consciousness. For parents with young children, the terms “autism spectrum disorder” and Asperger’s
syndrome have become part of a new vocabulary to describe children who seem
withdrawn, uncommunicative, anti-social or slow to pick up on social cues.
 

Dr. Fred Volkmar discussed the challenges in working with young adults with autism at recent conference here. Michael Fine/UJA-F

A WaPo editorial on Arizona immigration law echoes concerns of Jewish groups

 A strong editorial in today's Washington Post sheds some light on why a number of Jewish groups think Arizona's new illegal immigration law is stupid and dangerous.

The Post writes that the new law 'will turn immigrants who came here illegally into quarry for law enforcement agencies statewide,” and that it “twists the Constitution."

Gen. Jim Jones and fast and easy charges of anti-Semitism

 I can't quite get my mind around the fierce reaction to an allegedly anti-Semitic joke told by Gen. Jim Jones, the Obama administration national security adviser,  during a recent appearance before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel think tank.

Those reactions range from ADL national director Abe Foxman's relatively sedate label of “inappropiate” to emails I've received (the usual chain emails, suggesting Obama-inspired pogroms are just around the corner) calling his joke “outrageous” and “anti-Semitic.”

Siddur It Yourself: BBYO's Build a Prayer Site

When it comes to Jewish prayer, there are two schools of thought: keva and kavannah. Keva means "rote" and refers to the fixed prayers that are set forth in the siddur (Jewish prayer book), while kavvanah is the free and spontaneous inner devotion of the individual.

Report from Haiti: Jews making a difference

This is one of those Jewish organizations that's still pretty much under the radar, but ultimately may be as important  to our communal future as all those communal powerhouses with fancy their acronyms and megabucks contributors.

Repair the World was created last year to "inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need," according to its Web site "We aim to make service a defining part of American Jewish life."

Update on Israel's iPad Ban

The Blogosphere has been abuzz about the news that Israel banned the Apple iPad from its borders until an acceptable international version which meets European specifications is released.

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Poll: Obama Struggling With Jews, but Not on Israel

04/14/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A new survey shows President Obama struggling with American Jews -- but not on Israel-related matters.

The American Jewish Committee poll of U.S. Jews found that Obama's approval rating is at 57 percent, with 38 percent disapproving. That's down from the stratospheric 79 percent approval rating among Jews that Obama enjoyed about a year ago, in May 2009. The AJC poll was conducted March 2-23 and surveyed 800 self-identifying Jewish respondents selected from a consumer mail panel.

Q: "Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration's handling of the Iran nuclear issue? Image: AJC

Great Day of Learning with Limmud

04/13/2010

It’s not often New Yorkers open their homes to strangers, but many will be doing just that on Sunday, April 25 as part of Limmud Across NY, a day of “simultaneous intimate learning sessions.” Throughout the metropolitan area, individuals will be hosting participants in celebration of Jewish life, learning, and community.

Multi-generational: Limmud leadership with their proud mothers.
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