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Intermarriage, Sledding And That Big, Scary Tree

If we create the right kind of community, intermarriage is not synonymous with assimilation.

02/05/2015

Last week, during New York’s non-historic blizzard, I took a stroll through snowy Brooklyn and reminisced about the winters of my childhood, when my family would sled down the hills of our uncle’s yard. I recall once when my mom pointed out to me a solitary tree on the hill, warning me to steer clear of it for my own safety; inevitably I slammed into it or narrowly missed every time. Was I such a terribly uncoordinated navigator? Maybe. But it was just as likely that when the tree was identified to me as dangerous, I stopped thinking about the rest of the slope and became fixated on it. And with my eyes fearfully glued to the tree, where else would the sled take me?

Fear not the tree. Fotolia

USY Drops Ban On Interdating

12/29/2014

United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews.

USY Reverses Interfaith Dating Ban

12/24/2014

United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews.

BBYO Cancels Trips To Israel

Two groups of teens get no further than JFK as youth group reacts to targeting of Ben Gurion airport.

07/09/2014
Staff Writer

The closure of Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport for several hours Tuesday because Hamas rockets had targeted it forced BBYO to cancel its Israeli tour for two groups of teenagers who had already arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Israel's Ben Gurion airport has been the target of Hamas rockets, prompting the cancellation of teen tours. Getty Images

What Conservative Judaism Has To Offer

02/11/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s hard to be in the middle. Politically, the far right has put mainstream Republicans on the defensive, and the left has sent centrist Democrats scurrying to identify with populism. Religiously, fundamentalism on the right has opposed any form of change, and an aggressive atheism on the left has mounted a war against traditional beliefs. Yet, while the extremes may sometimes foment revolutions, the middle keeps society going. And the middle is the hardest place to be.

Francine Klagsbrun

“Let Them Come to Boston!”

12/28/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

In 1963, the late President John F. Kennedy delivered one of the most stirring and memorable speeches of his brief presidency to a throng of hundreds of thousands of Germans gathered in Berlin. 

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Lifting Our Heads High As Conservative Jews

06/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week
It seems that every significant study of the Jewish people is released while we read from the Book of Numbers, the book that derives its English name from the first official census of the Jewish people. It’s as if counting the Jewish people is imbedded in our DNA. That census, conducted 3,000-plus years ago, however, was much more limited in scope: Only men age 20 and older who are able to go to war (Numbers 1:3) were to be counted. From the Torah’s census of 603,550 Israelites of age for war, scholars estimate that the total population was in the 2.5 million range. 
Rabbi Steven Wernick

'Bullying Is Antithetical To Judaism': An Open Letter to Jewish Teens and College Students

10/12/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Dear Friends,

Like many in North America I was saddened by the recent suicide of Rutgers University freshmen Tyler Clementi. I feel for his family and friends. May their memories of him be a comfort.

As I have been reflecting on the events that led to his death and discussing it with my family, friends, and colleagues, a few thoughts come to mind. I'd like to share them with you because I know you are also thinking about this tragedy.

Rabbi Steven Wernick
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