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Israeli "Make-A-Thon" Generates Products For People With Disabilities

Some 70 talented innovators in their 20s and 30s from around the world ran a very different kind of marathon in Israel, as they competed to invent prototypes of tools for people with disabilities using cutting-edge digital and 3D-printing technology.

Working on a new product. Courtesy of Shusterman Connection Points

Out From Under

For thousands of years Jewish-Iranian women have been forced to hide behind chadors, look down at their feet and not speak unless spoken to.  During ancient Persia and even later day Iran, they lived with two strikes against them: Jewish and female.  They were and still are viewed and treated by Muslims as second class citizens.  Even today, in Iran, a woman, cannot become a judge, regardless of her education, degrees and professional qualifications.  The reason given: “A woman can never be just.”

Rita Jahan Farouz. Photo courtesy American Sephardi Federation

Pursuing Peace In The Classroom

Israeli center promotes conflict resolution as a core Jewish value.

02/05/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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Jerusalem — Here’s one you may not have heard.

Two Jews are stuck on a desert island, only this time, instead of each building his own synagogue plus another that neither of them is willing to attend, each builds one for himself but invites his friend to join him in a constructive conversation to learn more about the opportunities to collaborate. 

Carolyn Gerecht plans to return to Pittsburgh to work as a community professional. Credit: Sidney Slivko

Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Spurred by new social-justice group, rabbis nationwide urge increase for wealthy Americans.

12/04/2012
Staff Writer

As President Barack Obama and Congress tackle the financial crisis and the politically explosive issue of tax reform, the American Jewish community has remained quiet — until now.

Nearly 240 rabbis have signed a letter in support of the president’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making above $250,000 annually. The letter was written by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, which bills itself as the largest Jewish social justice organization devoted to domestic policy issues.

Bend the Arc’s letter backs President Obama’s tax policy over that of the Republican House Speaker John Boehner, left. getty

High Alert At The Olympics And Maccabi Games

With concerns about Iranian attacks on Israeli team targets, and ‘soft’ heightened security planned.

07/24/2012
Staff Writer

The suicide bombing of a tour bus in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and the bus driver last week, coupled with the arrest July 7 of a Lebanese man suspected of planning attacks on Israeli tourists in Cyprus, have heightened security concerns at the London Olympics and at the JCC Maccabi Games in the United States.

On eve of Summer Games, British police stand guard at London’s Olympic Park. Getty Images

The Kibbutz At 100

Documentary looks at ups and downs of Israel’s noble experiment in collective living; ‘Dolphin Boy’ considers a very different kind of experiment.

04/24/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

For many Jews in the diaspora, the ideal of the kibbutz has always spoken loudly about what the State of Israel was supposed to be. Some of the avatars of modern Zionism would have agreed. After all, they were among the pioneers who created the first kibbutz, just over a century ago, at Degania.

“Inventing Our Life,” top, looks at the changes in Israel’s first kibbutz.

A ‘Righteous’ Lens: Genocides Then And Now

06/14/2011
Staff Writer

During his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, Samuel Goldberg, an Upper West Side native, day school graduate and English/filmmaking major in college, was weighing a career in philanthropy or entertainment.

Then he saw “The Last Survivor.”

Samuel Goldberg, second from right, with the Righteous Pictures team.

Orthodox Come To Rubashkin’s Defense

As liberal groups hope bank fraud conviction leads to better business practices, Orthodox ones question zeal of prosecution.

11/18/2009
Associate Editor

Sholom Rubashkin, the manager of the now-infamous Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa, has only completed one of two federal trials, and already — barring a successful appeal — he is looking at a life in prison.

The prospect of such severe punishment — for a man who many credit with making affordable kosher food available in previously underserved markets and for contributing generously to tzedakah, particularly to the Chabad community — has some Orthodox Jews complaining that the kosher meat tycoon is more victim than criminal.

At the same time, liberal Jewish groups that have been critical of the company’s practices — particularly its alleged mistreatment of workers — are hoping the conviction prompts better business practices in the kosher industry and Jewish nonprofit sector.

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