I'm For It Except When I'm Against It

Remember when conservatives were strong supporters of state's rights?  They still are, except when they aren't.  On the issue of abortion, they want to take jurisdiction away from the federal government and give it to the states, where bans are easier to enact.  Guns are another matter.

They want to take gun control authority away from the state and local governments, especially when it comes to carrying concealed weapons.  That's the latest cause of the NRA and the gun lobby.

Newtown Synagogue Bracing For Anniversary

In year since tragedy, town’s houses of worship have become focal points for healing; Yizkor service planned.

Staff Writer

Newtown, Conn. — The library walls of Congregation Adath Israel, this community’s only synagogue, are lined with messages of comfort sent by congregants of synagogues in Wellesley, Mass., and Columbus, Ohio.

Emotional notes left by children are part of a memorial wall set up at Adath Israel in Newtown. Stewart Ain

City Council Bill Would Provide Safety Officers At Yeshivas

Assistant Managing Editor

The NYPD would provide a uniformed, but unarmed school safety officer at any non-public school upon administrators' request under a bill introduced by Councilman David Greenfield this week.

The city already provides at least one safety officer at each of the city's public schools. Greenfield, a Democrat who represents Borough Park and part of Flatbush in the Council, says the bill is a response to the Dec. 27, 2012 massacre of school children in Newtown, CT.

Uniformed school safety officers would deter most criminals, a Council member believes.

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath To Be Observed At 150 Shuls And Churches


As President Barack Obama seeks support for his sweeping gun control reforms, and states enact their own legislation -- including the nation's toughest in New York -- a faith-based coalition is promoting a national  Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.

President Obama signs letters from children after unveiling new gun control proposals on Jan. 16. (White House Photo)

How To Help Newtown’s Grieving Families

Special To The Jewish Week

Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, several people wondering how they can help the families who lost young children contacted me, because my family suffered its own tragedy.

Sherri Mandell

Lessons from Tragedy: Moving Forward After The Sandy Hook Shooting

Special To The Jewish Week

Many years ago I dated a woman who was the child of Holocaust survivors. My potential future in-laws were elderly and were closer in age to my grandparents than my parents. I went to ask a great rabbi if this was cause for concern.  He responded, “Who really knows who is old and who is young?”  We have all learned with recent events that being just 6 years old can in fact be “very old.”

Israeli Grove To Be Planted To Memorialize Newtown Victims


More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

A sister memorial to this one in Newtown will be planted in Israel by the Jewish National Fund. Getty Images

Looking Back at 2012, And Forward To Building Communities of Hope

Jewish Week Correspondent

This week, we close out 2012 and celebrate the start of the New Year. It is worth pausing to reflect upon this past year before we enter 2013.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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