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Rabbi’s Role: Speaking Out Or Maintaining Community?

03/05/2014
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Frequently, I hear congregants complain that their rabbis are not inspiring or that they never take clear stands on issues of importance. That's why the ongoing discussion about rabbinic independence that has erupted again at B'nai Jeshurun, covered very fairly by The Jewish Week (“B’nai Jeshurun Defections Fuel Debate,” Feb. 28), transcends any single congregation and any one subject. It is a contemporary case study about two issues facing the congregational world:

Rabbi Hayim Herring

Support Families, Not Orphanages, For Vulnerable Children

10/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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My grandma Sadie lived in the town of Droghobych in Ukraine until she was 13. Nearby, there is a dirt road through a forest leading to the mass graves where the town’s last Jewish population lies buried. It is barely marked — if you did not know to look for the large slabs of concrete between the trees, you would have a hard time finding it. As a human rights lawyer who has spent a lifetime documenting atrocities, I was not prepared for the effect of this visit a few months ago. I broke into tears.

Eric Rosenthal is founder and executive director of Disability Rights Inernational.

Jewish Child Care Model Poised For Growth Spurt

Westchester temple’s partnership with for-profit chain drawing working families into fold.

03/28/2013
Associate Editor

For more on Jewish early childhood education, see "Early Engagement Crucial for Unaffiliated Families."

When Brian Seely and his husband Tim Seely adopted their son Gabe, they agreed to give him a Jewish education.

Kehillah’s director, Nancy Bossov, with one of the program’s infants. courtesy of Temple Israel of New Rochelle.

Community Not Safer, But Better Prepared

On eve of 9/11 anniversary, talk of guns in synagogue as terror threat seen to be growing.

09/06/2011
Staff Writer

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, the Jewish community is not any safer but is better prepared to deal with terrorist attacks, according to several Jewish leaders and law enforcement experts.

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Appealing To Boomers

02/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

By now it’s old news: Baby boomers are redefining aging, Jewish boomers are disengaging from community life, and the Jewish community is not well-prepared.

The salient question: Is the Jewish community ready to define our future by creating a just society that reflects Jewish values and respects the aging boomer population? Or will we simply allow the December 2010 Pew Research report, “Boomers Approach Age 65 Glumly,” to become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Is it Wii or Mii in the iGeneration?

When I hooked up my kids' new Nintendo Wii a couple years ago, I noticed that each player has to create their own Mii. The significance wasn't lost on me (or is it Mii?). As I set up this new video gaming device, I wondered if it would promote community or promote loneliness.

Would other kids join my children in the basement as they all took turns participating in an activity that prioritizes the Wii... or would each child find himself "bowling alone" with an interactive television in the basement thereby prioritizing the Mii?

Does technology enhance community or kill it?
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