Jewish Community

Jewish Flavor At Climate March

09/24/2014
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Several thousand members of the Jewish community got a head start on High Holy Days shofar blowing on Sunday — sounding a Jewish alarm, so to speak, about the issue of global warming.

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Respond Positively To Good News Among Arabs And Muslims

08/11/2014
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When missiles and bombs are flying, while terrorists kidnap and murder, when civilians are caught in the crossfire, and when diaspora Jews and Palestinians are vilified and attacked, there is no good news for anyone. But planning beyond the horrors of the past weeks, as we must, careful scanning of changes in the Arab and Muslim worlds suggest new opportunities for Israelis to live at peace with Palestinians and other neighbors.

Ruderman Family Foundation Names Inclusion Award Winners

The Ruderman Family Foundation announced today the five winners of the third annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion. The Prize honors organizations worldwide who operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish community.

Debra Cohen, JFS President, and Becky Cisneros at the opening of “Houstonians with Positive Exposure.” Courtesy of Meredith Sega

France’s New Chief Rabbi Calls For Inclusiveness

06/24/2014
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Paris - France’s newly elected chief rabbi has vowed to pursue a path of inclusiveness and restore the confidence of the country’s half a million Jewish community, badly shaken by anti-Semitic attacks and a recent scandal over religious divorce.

Creative Accommodations: Including People Who Are Deaf In The Jewish Community

Editor's Note: Alexis Kasher, the current president of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center, recently shared her personal experiences and perspectives on inclusion for people who are deaf in the Jewish community at the Foundation for Jewish Camping conference. New Normal editor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer interviewed Kashar about the conference.

NN: What is your experience of inclusion for people who are deaf in the Jewish community?
AK: I spent many years practicing civil rights and special education law. My practice focused on the civil and education rights of people who are deaf and hard of hearing or with disabilities. Laws are in place to protect their rights; however, enforcement is still an issue. It has been many years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and various federal special education laws was passed but we still have a ways to go before we are at 100 percent compliance. The truth is, once we are at 100 percent compliance, we will have achieved universal design that will benefit everyone. For instance, imagine how strollers would get around without curb cuts and how we could watch the Super Bowl in a noisy public place without closed captioning. However, for the most part religious organizations are exempt from compliance with the ADA. 

Alexis Kashar

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Pew Study Rocks Community

12/30/2013
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Pew Study found that 22 percent of Jews now say they have no religion. Image courtesy Pew Research Center

Mandela, Apartheid And The Jews

12/16/2013
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Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this essay was published in the Dec. 13 issue of The Jewish Week.

Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love.  Jewish leaders, from Netanyahu (Israel), to Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein (South Africa) to America, praised his greatness.  Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”

Why ‘Jewish Community’ Is Harder To Define, And Serve

07/03/2012
Editor And Publisher

Only about 2 percent of the respondents to the New York Jewish Population Study are “Jewish by conversion.” Twice as many people — 5 percent of the study — describe themselves as “Jewish by personal choice.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Demographics Put Pressure On Communal Groups

07/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Jews are more religious, Jews are poorer, Jews are less educated, Jews are less affiliated. 

So tell me something I don’t know.

Jerome A. Chanes

Brokedown Palace

Unity increasingly elusive in Jewish New York.

06/19/2012
Associate Editor

Once upon a time there was Jewish unity.

Not all of the time, perhaps not even most of the time, certainly not in the biblical era, and not in the pre-Holocaust European era either. Nevertheless, “unity” was the Eleventh Commandment, if ever there was one.

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