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A Super-ior Fundraising Day

02/03/2008
Staff Writer
Another day, another dollar. This week it was another Super Sunday, another million dollars. UJA-Federation held its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Sunday, more than 1,000 volunteers making calls from the philanthropy’s headquarters in Manhattan, Long Island and Westchester. Together, they raised more than $1 million. This year’s theme was Israel’s 60th anniversary.

What’s The Big Idea?

02/06/2008
Staff Writer
The next big idea in Jewish life will have a foreword, table of contents and bibliography. It may not have a budget or board of directors. A competition sponsored by Brandeis University for a new academic chair in Jewish Communal Innovation, which has led to discussions about the founding of a new initiative like birthright israel, has winnowed 231 applicants down to five finalists. But their proposals focus on the ways Jews think, not necessarily on a new program or institution that the Jewish community will develop.

Black Humor, Sort Of

02/06/2008
Staff Writer
Do you know about “siddur finger”? It’s an obscure medical condition. Jews get it in synagogue, during the Torah reading on Shabbat, when they leave a finger in their prayer book to keep their place for a half hour or longer, and the end of the finger gets painfully squeezed. If you haven’t heard about siddur finger, and you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll hear about it in the coming weeks on “The Mendy Report.”

Back To The Front Lines

04/19/2002
Staff Writer
Next week, Mr. Singer, teacher in a local day school, will be Samal Zinger, sergeant in an Israeli army unit. Next week, Aharon Singer, who looks outside his apartment window and sees children playing on a cul de sac, will open a tent and see the hills of the West Bank. Next week, Singer will put on a bulletproof vest and put his life on the line.

Quick, Do Your Verse!

03/30/2007
Staff Writer
In Jewish tradition, Passover is known as the time of freedom. In some Jewish circles this year, it will be the holiday of free verse. Two prominent Jewish poets will compose original works, on a Pesach theme, on the Internet, on deadline, as part of QuickMuse.com, a Web site that describes itself as “a cutting contest, a linguistic jam session, a series of on-the-fly compositions.”

Hoop Dreams, Sabra Style

07/07/2006
Staff Writer
Basketball, an urban game, was known as a Jewish game in its early decades, as scrappy Jewish athletes came out of the ghettos for places on professional rosters. It’s happening again — but the cities the players are coming from are Tel Aviv and Ranaana.

JCCs And The Gender Pay Gap

04/26/2002
Staff Writer
If you go to your local Jewish community center, the employees you meet there are more involved in Jewish life and more likely to stay at their job than their counterparts in recent decades. But if the employee you meet is a woman, she probably earns a smaller salary than a man in a comparable position. Those are among the findings of “Centering on Professionals: The 2001 Study of JCC Personnel in North America,” a study of some 1,800 JCC staffers released this week by the Florence G. Heller-JCC Association Research Center.

Never Again: 2002

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
On the day that Jews remember the victims of the Holocaust, a rally in Manhattan this week protested a contemporary strain of European anti-Semitism. On Yom HaShoah several dozen poster-carrying Jews, including Holocaust survivors and yeshiva students, marched in front of the French Consulate on the Upper East Side, prompted by a recent wave of attacks in France against members of the Jewish community and on Jewish buildings. The rally was led by the Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha.

The Next Round In Buenos Aires

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
Buenos Aires — At first glance, the once-thriving capital of Argentina looks as thriving as ever. The downtown commercial area, near the banks of the Rio de la Plata river, is filled with people. The shelves of the upscale shops are stocked with the latest goods. The city’s distinctive yellow-and-black taxis cruise the streets. But at second glance …

Across The Great Divide

01/19/2001
Staff Writer
A mini-van with 18 high school students aboard will stop at the museum of Kibbutz Lohamei Haghetaot, north of Haifa, on Sunday afternoon. The students will spend four hours — viewing an exhibit, watching a film, taking part in a seminar — learning about the Jewish ghettoes established by the Nazis during World War II. The students all are Arab.
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