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.
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.
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.
Call it Intifada III. Through student rallies and verbal attacks, the 18-month-old Arab uprising against Israel is spreading to college campuses across the United States. Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, which had faded at historically politicized universities after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has now assumed its former high profile since the Israeli army embarked on its campaign to root out West Bank terrorists.
The students at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls heard their assistant principal’s voice over the intercom system Monday morning. “I have a very important announcement to make,” Tzipora Meier said. Looking at the concerned faces of people in her office, she knew what was on their mind — the violence in Israel.
The Super Bowl, this Sunday’s National Football League championship game, isn’t the only notable sports event to take place on a Feb. 3 — there was also the 26 points scored by Phil Rabin of the Kingston Colonials against the Brooklyn Jewels in a 1937 American Basketball League game, and the Buffalo Bisons’ Max Kaminsky’s 1943 appearance in the first American Hockey League All-Star Game.
Bobby Fischer, the eccentric chess champion who was born into a Jewish family but became an outspoken anti-Semite as he aged, spent some time at Yeshiva University four decades ago.
Actually, an hour.
In 1963, Fischer, at 19 already an international grandmaster and U.S. champion, was invited to play the members of the Yeshiva College Chess Club — all 30 simultaneously.
Thirty boards were set up around the YU dining hall; Fischer walked from table to table, moving his pieces.
New Voices was a new experience for Marita Gringaus.
The Odessa native, an economics major at Arizona State University, was introduced to the independent Jewish student magazine at the United Jewish Communities’ 2001 General Assembly in Chicago. There she met Daniel Treiman, now the publication’s outgoing editor, at a “Do The Write Thing” session for aspiring Jewish journalists. Later she wrote an article about a seder she attended in Nepal, and became a regular reader.
Hospitals and Hollywood are belatedly discovering what the Psalms declared millennia ago — that “A joyful heart makes for good health.”
Medical studies show that “joyful laughter” strengthens one’s immune system, helps circulation and stimulates the body’s natural pain killers.