A Boston study being touted this week by some as proof that outreach to intermarried couples results in an increased number of their children being raised as Jews is being questioned by others who suggest that such a conclusion might be fallacious or premature.
by Larry Cohler-Esses |
Editor At Large
For a man witnessing a debacle in real time, Rev. Louis Sheldon, a leader of the Christian Right political movement, sounded amazingly sanguine Tuesday night: even as an early AP exit poll indicated that almost one-third of white Evangelicals chose a Democrat for Congress.
"We know that in America the people are with us," insisted the founder and chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, one of the largest groups in the Christian right. "They're just confused."
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
More people than ever before say that being Jewish "is very important" to them, according to a recent survey by the American Jewish Committee.
Sixty-one percent of respondents in the organization's annual survey of American Jewish opinion, which covers topics from international affairs to religious identity, said it was "very important" to them, and another 28 percent said it was "fairly important." Ten percent of this year's respondents said that being Jewish was "not very important" in their own lives.
James Besser |
In a strange political year, the U.S. Senate race in Virginia is rapidly moving into the realm of the surreal.
First there was Republican Sen. George Allen’s mystifying use of the term “macaca” in referring to a young, dark-skinned worker for his opponent, former Reaganite-turned-Democrat Jim Webb.
Macaca, according to many news reports, refers to a kind of monkey, and is a racially derogatory term in some parts of the world; Allen, who has 2008 presidential aspirations if he can just hold on to his Senate seat, said he just made the word up.
Anger, disbelief and astonishment are among the reactions of a group of Holocaust survivors who recently screened “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” the documentary about Eva Kor’s decision to forgive the Nazis.
“I can’t forgive and forget,” says Celia Feldman, who was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. “And I thank God I’m not a twin.”