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A Freedom March Of Our Own

Remembering the Washington rally for Soviet Jewry, 25 years on.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At the recent General Assembly of Jewish federations, Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky sat together to reminisce about what may have been the most successful revolution in the Jewish world in recent history — and the most forgotten one as well. It’s time for that to change. 

The scene at Soviet Jewry rally in December 1987.

Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Spurred by new social-justice group, rabbis nationwide urge increase for wealthy Americans.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As President Barack Obama and Congress tackle the financial crisis and the politically explosive issue of tax reform, the American Jewish community has remained quiet — until now.

Nearly 240 rabbis have signed a letter in support of the president’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making above $250,000 annually. The letter was written by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, which bills itself as the largest Jewish social justice organization devoted to domestic policy issues.

Bend the Arc’s letter backs President Obama’s tax policy over that of the Republican House Speaker John Boehner, left. getty

Reactions To UN, E-1

Seven White Plains rabbis welcome Palestinians’ vote with ‘cautious optimism,’ mixed reactions on settlement expansion.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Seven White Plains rabbis have told their congregants that the United Nations vote granting the Palestinians nonmember observer status should be “greeted with cautious optimism and not simply recriminations, finger-pointing and expressions of despair.”

Rabbi Shira Milgrom was one of seven White Plains rabbis to sign letter expressing cautious optimism about UN vote  on Palestini

‘It’s Always Better To Have Dialogue’

After shakeout over Israel, Jewish and liberal Protestant groups plan summit.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The latest breach between some leaders of the U.S. Jewish community and a major sector of American Christianity remains open, two months after liberal Protestant participants in the Christian-Jewish Roundtable dialogue group urged Congress to reconsider aid to Israel because of the Jewish state’s “widespread human rights violations committed against Palestinians.”

JFNA's TribeFest Event To Skip 2013

12/03/2012 - 19:00

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is planning the third installment of its TribeFest young leadership conference for 2014, giving the Las Vegas confab a year off after successful events this year and last year.

The umbrella group for American Jewish philathropy is instead planning a smaller, low-key young leadeship conference  this March in Dallas, to include several hundred TribeFest alumni.

What happens in Vegas won't include TribeFest this March.

"Seriously, No F***ing Jews," Says Flyer In Harvard Dorms

12/02/2012 - 19:00

Harvard University students received flyers from a supposed “Harvard’s Newest Final Club” explicitly stating that Jews should not apply but “coloreds” are welcome to do so.

The flyer invited students to an introductory club event, listing three virtues: “inclusion,” with the footnote of “Jews need not apply”; “diversity,” followed by the words “Seriously, no f*ing Jews. Coloreds OK”; and “Love,” which directed students to the word “Rophynol,” a misspelled version of the date rape drug rohypnol, according to the Harvard Crimson.

UPDATED: Hazon, Isabella Freedman To Merge

New tie-up of Jewish environmental organizations includes Teva Learning Alliance; will be called Hazon.
12/02/2012 - 19:00

Three Jewish environmental organizations have announced plans to merge, finding one answer to the question of sustaining innovative “second-stage” Jewish organizations.

Hazon, the Jewish organization known for its bike rides and community-supported agriculture (CSA) network will join forces with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and Teva Learning Alliance, which trains environmental educators.

Hazon got its start sponsoring bike rides and also runs a food conference. Photo courtesy Hazon

Stevie Wonder Backs Out Of LA Friends Of IDF Event

11/29/2012 - 19:00

The head of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces expressed his regret that Grammy-winning singer Stevie Wonder has pulled out of performing at a fundraiser for the group.

The "Superstition" recordng legend was scheduled to headline the Friends of the IDF annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars to support the Israeli military.

B'nai Mitzvah: A Revolution, Not A Graduation

11/27/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

From the Russian to the Chinese to the Sexual to, most recently, an eponymous sci-fi post-apocalyptic TV series, the past century has witnessed its share of revolutions.

Now, with just a bit less tumult (one hopes) comes B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, a Reform Movement pilot initiative to “radically rethink” the Jewish rite of passage and its place in synagogue life and education.

The Reform Movement wants to recast the b'nai mitzvah, which is often viewed as a graduation from Judaism. Getty Images

Alan H. Gill Named CEO Of Joint Distribution Committee

11/25/2012 - 19:00

Alan H. Gill has been tapped to serve as the next CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, where as the group’s executive director of International Relations he has helped build a global operation to support the JDC’s
humanitarian efforts in more than 70 countries and Israel.

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