Still More Bridges To Cross

Jews come to Selma ‘not to celebrate, but to be committed’ to justice.

Staff Writer

Some rode all night on a charter bus from Greensboro, N.C. — eight hours through the heart of the Deep South to reach Selma. Some flew to Birmingham, and then made the two-hour bus ride to the aging synagogue a few blocks from the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Thousands marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Saturday to commemorate Bloody Sunday a half-century ago.

Still Dreaming

At an MLK Day march, a father, a daughter and the complexities of the current debate on race and injustice.

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What are they saying, Tati?” my daughter asks me.

Ravi is 2 and we are at her first rally.

Marchers head down Lexington Avenue on Martin Luther King Day. Courtesy of Avram Mlotek

Druze Student Beaten In Jerusalem


Tel Aviv — A Druze student in Jerusalem was beaten with glass bottles by a gang.

King And Heschel: Moral Grandeur And Spiritual Audacity

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On June 16, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel sent a telegram to President John F. Kennedy accepting an invitation to attend a meeting of religious leaders to discuss the growing racial tensions in the country. It read in part:

The author, right, with Mickey Shur (now Rabbi Moshe Shur), center, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ethiopian Doctor Here Breaking Barriers

Mount Sinai cardiology intern hopes to practice in Israel’s ‘peripheries,’ to help those with impoverished backgrounds.

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Wearing a white coat, name badge and stethoscope, Dr. Rachel Nega strides through the halls of Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital. To patients and visitors, she looks like any other doctor on duty — slightly preoccupied, with a deliberate air to her step. Yet her dark skin and almond eyes hint at her unique background. 

In her work as a doctor, Rachel Nega says she hopes to bridge some of "the huge gaps between different communities" in Israel.

Sterling banned for life from Clippers, NBA for racist remarks


Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.

Sterling Banned For Life From Clippers, NBA For Racist Remarks


 Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.

'Heil Hitler' Among Graffiti Scrawled On Jackie Robinson Statue In Brooklyn

Act of hate a 'dagger' in America's heart, says Schumer.


Sixty-six years after he broke the color barrier and began integration of major league baseball, Jackie Robinson is still facing bigotry.

A statue of the sports and civil rights legend, who spoke out strongly against anti-Semitism, was defaced outside MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Along with racial slurs, the graffiti on both the bronze statue and concrete base included swastikas and the words "heil Hitler."

In an undated photo, Jackie Robinson signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Getty Images

Trying To Kick Out Racism

As European soccer hooliganism festers, British pros coach Israelis in tolerance.


Itzik Shanan and Abbas Suan watched last week as 100,000 English soccer fans sang along to a live performance by a multiracial quartet at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Israeli and Dutch Soccer fans carrying a sign reading “fans against racism” at an event in Tel Aviv, 2011. JTA

Cases Of Mistaken Religious Identity


Wade Page, the White supremacist who stands accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage two weeks ago at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and apparently did his murderous deeds at a Sikh religious institution because of a common error.

He thought the Sikhs were Muslims.

Sikh men and many devout Muslim men sport beards and head coverings – turbans in the case of Sikhs; various items, including knitted white skullcaps, in the case of Muslims.

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