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11/13/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

11/08/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Seven hundred newly homeless people from the Rockaways found shelter on the campus of Queens College with help from the Jewish Community Relations Council. As the Kings Bay Y has been struggling to deliver food to homebound seniors in their adult daycare program, many volunteers from Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope answered their call for help.

11/06/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of one of the most influential books in the history of science, Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” In addition to describing how new ideas overtake the old, the work also coined the term “paradigm shift,” which, to Kuhn’s dismay, became a sort of over-encompassing management buzzword.

But despite its overwhelming relevance, Kuhn’s lesson hasn’t been fully internalized, and the world of Jewish communal organizations is no exception.

11/06/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Twenty-four years ago, in December 1988, a group of us, women from the diaspora, carried a Torah scroll to the women’s side of the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, and began chanting from it. We had been attending a conference about women held by the American Jewish Congress, and represented a cross section of Jewish denominations. Soon after our service began, a haredi woman nearby started shouting that women were not permitted to read from a Torah scroll.