You should see some of the outrageous mail we receive each week.
On second thought, you shouldn’t. And that’s what I want to explore here this week.
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Swedish ‘incubator’ project training young leaders, resisting the notion that Jewish life is dying.
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Stockholm — When the tall Hungarian woman in the back of the room rose to speak, I could see the passion and flash of anger in her face. She was the first to raise her hand after my talk to 27 young men and women from both Eastern and Western Europe, participants in a 10-day program in the Swedish capital for academics and activists committed to enhancing Jewish life in their native countries.
Can you handle some positive news about dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians?
Like many of us, I suspect, I tend to discount reports of progress on the Mideast peace front as naïve or exaggerated. But I was impressed on hearing of the recent work of a longtime friend, Hillel Levine, an ordained rabbi and sociology and religion professor at Boston University, who is a veteran Mideast observer with no illusions about the level of mistrust between Arabs and Jews or the mounting tensions in the region.
Meet Adil Awadh, 42, an Iraqi-born Muslim whose new position as senior adviser of The Israel Project’s Arabic Media Project, based in Washington, D.C., has him seeking out meetings with Arab journalists to encourage them to report Israel’s side of the Mideast conflict.
Expert says even Jewish groups ‘disappointing’ in promoting fuel alternatives to foreign control.
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If there is one consensus issue that unites an increasingly frayed American Jewish community — and is also overwhelmingly supported in both Jerusalem and Washington — it is the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and energy, particularly from Iran and OPEC.
But the gap between recognition of the problem and active efforts to solve it is frustratingly wide, even as the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominates the headlines and demands our attention.
‘Watershed’ Lanner expose has led to communal efforts to deal with improper sexual behavior.
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The tenth anniversary of the public exposure in these pages of the “Lanner scandal” provides an opportunity to reflect on, and appreciate, how much has changed for the better in the last decade in responding to rabbinic sexual abuse.
With it all, though, communal vigilance is still vital because the problem remains, as do the impulses to overlook or cover up allegations of wrongdoing in high places. And there are voices in the community calling for putting ethical standards in place in synagogues, schools and camps.