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Why Immigration Is A Jewish Issue

10/08/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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It was in a windswept Italian seaside resort 25 years ago that I saw close-up the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Gideon Taylor

Other: The Fastest Growing Jewish Community Segment

07/19/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

 

Quick, what’s the fastest growing part of the Jewish community, or at least the New York metro area’s Jewish community? Orthodox? They’re growing, but not the fastest. Conservative? Nah. Reform? Not anymore. Reconstructionist? Nope.

According to the recently released study of the NY Jewish community, the group that has doubled its share of the community, growing from just 15% to a whopping 37% is [drum roll, please]…OTHER. That’s right, “other”. [Source: Jewish Community Study of New York, page 121].

A Great Patriotic Celebration

05/15/2012
Staff Writer

In the former Soviet Union, where World War II is known as the Great Patriotic War, the anniversary of Germany’s surrender to the Allied forces is an annual cause for nationwide celebration, a day of parades and reunions of onetime veterans.

The veterans from the FSU who have settled in this country over the last few decades still commemorate the day.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Sharansky's 'Beautiful Moment' (Something Reagan Said But Obama Never Would)

On the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, and the 25th anniversary of Natan Sharansky crossing the Gleinicke Bridge to freedom in West Berlin, it's important to remember some of the people who made that crossing possible.

Kanye's Antidote: On Yefim Bronfman, Fame and Humility

The star pianist Yefim Bronfman performs in New York often, but I have never seen him. That was rectified last night: I caught him in the first of three concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.  He was remarkable. Performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, he captured the full range of emotions in the piece--its subtle bits of humor, the breezy wistfulness, the heroic ambition--without drawing much attention to himself.

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