Sanford

The Sad Case Of Trayvon Martin

03/30/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

No matter how one chooses to parse the still sketchy details, the recent death by gunfire of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida is a great tragedy. A young life was violently taken because of an all-too-easily arrived at suspicion based on stereotype. See a black teen wearing a “hoodie” in a white, gated community and, as the shooter George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer, himself said to police, one must assume that he’s “up to no good.”

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is rabbi of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

The Smile Experiment

03/23/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It was a simple idea, really: a tear-off sheet, like the ones you always see advertising “Guitar Lessons” or “Housecleaning Services.” Instead, I was going to offer “Free Smiles.” I saw a posting for something similar on the new social media site, Pinterest, and I decided to make one of my own.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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