Jewish Values

In Two Crucial Struggles, Arming With Jewish Values

In efforts against BDS and Chief Rabbinate, a stick-to-your-guns message emerges.

05/18/2016 - 09:13
Editor and Publisher

The “vicious, well-funded and sophisticated” BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has “strong anti-Semitic elements,” is a serious problem on college campuses, Israeli columnist and author Ari Shavit told a group of local high school  students at a JCC Manhattan program on Sunday afternoon. But it is relatively small and could be defeated by a “much larger, stronger Jewish community.” It would require a more sophisticated strategy, Shavit said, one that would have Jewish students asserting themselves as “a moral minority,” and forming alliances with a wide range of campus activist groups that now target Jews “as part of the white, privileged aristocracy.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Farm-To-Table Judaism

Learning Torah’s lessons in new way.

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Westchester Correspondent

Putnam Valley, N.Y. — On a brisk, sunny Sunday morning last month, a group of children, ranging in age from 5 to 12, and their parents walked from the parking lot at the Eden Village Camp here to a wooded clearing overlooking a lake. Two of the older students, prompted at times by the rabbi who accompanied them, led the morning prayer service.

First Hebrew Congregation children made bread from flour they threshed at Eden Village Camp. Merri Rosenberg/JW

Labor Day 2012 And Jewish Values

08/29/2012 - 20:00

When Congress declared Labor Day a public holiday in 1894, workers had more to lament than to celebrate: an economic depression, a growing concentration of corporate wealth and power, and the brutal suppression of their unions.
A momentous national railroad strike to protest deep wage cuts and the summary firing of workers who dared to voice their grievances was ruthlessly broken with the help of the U.S. attorney general and federal troops, leaving more than 30 workers dead and the strike’s leader, Eugene Victor Debs, in jail.

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Jewish Labor Committee.

Jewish Values Survey: Social Justice Is Central; Obama At 62 Percent

04/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A majority of American Jews are welcoming of immigrants, favorably disposed towards American Muslims, support legalizing same-sex marriage, favor legal abortions and oppose overturning the recent health care law, according to a Jewish Values Survey released Tuesday.

It is perhaps no wonder then that the campaigns of this year’s Republican presidential candidates have had little resonance with most American Jews.

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