Newtown

26 Worlds

Do you remember how many people died in the Virginia Tech shootings of 2007 or the Columbine massacre of 1999? Or, for that matter, the shootings on the University of Texas campus in 1966, the horror of an earlier time?

Newtown: 26 angels, 26 stories

The Lesson NOT To Learn From Newtown

12/20/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Of the many critical insights I gained by studying the writings of the late theologian and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel, one that had a particularly profound impact on me related to the challenge of talking about God. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

NoahPozner.com - Exploiting A Tragedy

When the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut were announced, Jewish media outlets immediately published articles about the youngest victim Noah Pozner, the 6-year-old who was laid to rest earlier this week in a traditional Jewish funeral.

Noah Pozner was the youngest of the 1st grade victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Where Was God? Is It Fair To Ask?

12/19/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As the world struggles to understand the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and the 27 lives lost (including 20 beautiful, little, precious children), it is impossible to resist asking a series of questions: How did this happen? Where was God?

Rabbi Marci Bellows

Schools Extend A Reassuring Hand

After Newtown, administrators working overtime to communicate with parents.

12/18/2012
Associate Editor

When reports began surfacing on Friday morning about a school shooting in Newton, Conn., Carmel Academy in Greenwich, quickly sent out an e-mail to its parents, letting them know “we were aware of what was going on and that you don’t have to worry, your kids are safe,” said Nora Anderson, head of school.

Carmel Academy is being careful to communicate with parents after Friday's shooting. Photo courtesy Carmel Academy

Noah Pozner: A Loving ‘Little Man’

At first Newtown funeral, 6-year-old Noah Pozner remembered.

12/18/2012

It was a eulogy for a life that had only just begun.

Veronique Pozner remembered her son Noah as a rambunctious, video-game loving “little man,” a boy with a perpetual smile and twinkly blue eyes who dreamed of becoming a doctor, a soldier or manager of a factory that makes tacos — his favorite food.

Noah Samuel Pozner, age 6, was the youngest victim of the massacre last week at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He was laid to rest Monday, his miniature wooden casket set beneath the podium where his mother stood.

Veronique Pozner waves as she leaves the funeral of her son, who was killed at Sandy Hook School. Getty Images

In Grief, Stereotyping Mental Illness

12/18/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Every American reels with shock and horror in the aftermath of school shootings like the one this past Friday in Connecticut.

Ari Ne'eman

Jewish 6-year-old Youngest Of Newtown Shooting Victims

12/16/2012

A Jewish child was identified as the youngest of the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.

First grade student Noah Pozner, the youngest of the victims murdered on Friday, had just turned 6 years old Nov. 20; he will be laid to rest on Sunday.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that Pozner's twin sister is also a student at Sandy Hook but survived the shooting.

Jewish Groups See Major Shift In Priority Of Gun Control

Issue returns to communal agenda in aftermath of Connecticut school massacre; consensus reached at JCPA within hours.

12/15/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

For the first time in his more than two decades at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Ethan Felson has been seeing an issue presented, and a consensus reached, in a matter of hours, not days.

A school bus passes a Newtown church where the funeral of a young Sandy Hook victim is taking place on Dec. 18. Getty Images
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