Friday, February 27, 2015 AdarI 8, 5775
By:
Joel Alperson
At least a portion of my hometown of Omaha, Neb., may well be under water soon. Pumps are in place at various locations, including at a nuclear power plant not far from town. The Missouri River, which borders our city, has risen to dangerous levels. Some Omaha residents have taken to sandbagging to help reinforce critical locations along the river...
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By:
Philip Getz
In mid-June, The Nation published an article by a young alumna of Birthright Israel, the organization that since 1999 has sent 260,000 young Diaspora Jews (including this writer) on free 10-day tours of the Jewish state. In "The Romance of Birthright Israel," Kiera Feldman, a 2008 graduate of Brown, marshals anecdotal evidence and a sprinkling of recent critical literature to...
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By:
Michael Freund
Last month, an extraordinary meeting of Israel's ministerial committee on immigration and absorption took place in the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. At the top of the agenda was the fate of more than 7,000 Bnei Menashe, a long-lost community living in the farthest reaches of northeastern India. The Bnei Menashe, or "sons of Manasseh," are descendants of one of...
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By:
Alexis Kashar and Naomi Brunnlehrman
The Conservative movement, through its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, has taken a historic step in acknowledging that deaf and hard-of-hearing people are entitled to stand with the Jewish community as equals. Not only did the law committee vote to recognize the users of sign language as equals, it also issued a mandate, or teshuvah, that synagogues and organizations...
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By:
Stephen Hazan Arnoff and Steven M. Cohen
JDub Records, the innovative nonprofit music endeavor that discovered Matisyahu and other artists, released 35 albums and brought 150,000 participants to concerts and events, announced recently that it would be closing after nine years of successful operation. The principal cause: inability to secure sufficient, ongoing philanthropic support. The impending closure of one of the most promising start-ups in the Jewish...
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