An otherwise noncontentious national meeting of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs next week could see a fierce debate and politicking over a proposal to put the umbrella Jewish group in line behind efforts to impose divestment on Sudan because of the genocide in Darfur.
The Jewish community appears poised to join a growing movement of city and state legislatures, universities, religious organizations and other groups in calling for a targeted economic boycott of the Sudan.
The move, supporting divestment from companies with business ties to the Sudanese government, would come as the ethnic cleansing in Darfur, a region of the Sudan, enters its fourth year. The slaughter, considered a genocide by the U.S. government and much of the international community, has killed at least 400,000 civilians and displaced as many as 2.5 million.
One of Jill Maura Rabin’s favorite stories concerns a recent visit to her office by a frail and shaken 93-year-old woman.
The woman had come to see Rabin, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, because of pelvic-organ prolapse and incontinence, a related ailment that often sends women to nursing homes.
I’ve been a congregational rabbi now for almost thirty years, and I’ve learned lots of things about lots of things. I know a lot more about human nature and the human condition than I possibly could have known when I was new to the craft, and of course, I’m still learning.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
There will be hundreds of articles still to be published in Jewish newspapers and magazines in the next six months, but I have already identified one that is surely to be one of the most ridiculous of 2008.
The new issue of the very glossy “Jewish Living (June/July) has a big cover story, “Where We Live Now: Top Ten Neighborhoods” in North America to “raise a family, get involved, meet a mate, score a great nosh.”
Rabbi Joshua Plaut knows what it's like to live with an active 2-year-old. His toddler son, Jonas, has already joined him in three road races (albeit pushed in a baby jogger), including a first-place showing in last year's 5K run in Chilmark, Mass.
A former Westchester couple and their Torah scroll, each with roots in Russia, have new homes now. Edward and Renee Mendell, former residents of New Rochelle and South Salem, settled in London, Renee’s hometown, after Edward retired from the pharmaceuticals industry in 1986.They recently donated their own sefer Torah, which they serendipitously acquired in Israel, to the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem.
All this talk in the Blogosphere about Sen. Joe Lieberman's Jewishness as a factor in the health care debate strikes me as just about as far beside the point as you can get.
Seems to me the point here isn't whether Jewish values compel him to support any particular health care reform proposal or not, but the details of his stance: his last-minute 180 on lowering the age for Medicare buy-ins; his strong ties to the insurance industry in Connecticut; his testy relationship with a Democratic leadership he seems to enjoy stiffing.
(JTA) — An open letter to Joseph Lieberman from a progressive Jewish group asks the Connecticut senator to “repent” and support a health care bill with a public option.
“Many of us were delighted in 2000 when you were nominated for vice president and proclaimed to all that you were an observant Jew, carrying into the highest level of public service the values of the Jewish people,” said the open letter organized by the Philadelphia-based Shalom Center and signed by nearly 2,000 Jews, including 126 clergy.