Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
By:
Eric Yoffie
Who won the latest round of the conversion wars? No one. In these wars, everybody loses. To be sure, a broad-based coalition of American Jews -- anchored by the federation system, and the Reform and Conservative movements -- succeeded in convincing Israel's leaders to delay a vote on a controversial new conversion bill in the Knesset. This was a monumental...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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By:
Lori Samlin Miller, JE Feature
Driving out of Wynnefield to escape the summer heat, we found ourselves cruising down the Black Horse Pike, heading toward Atlantic City. In the 1960s of my youth, both of these towns were enclaves for Jewish immigrants of Eastern European descent. Back then, Atlantic City -- with its beach and boardwalk -- teemed with year-round and vacationing Jews, but only...
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By:
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Donors across America stepped forward in 2009 to avert a potential crisis in the not-for-profit community and exceeded the wildest expectations of many. At the same time, giving was down slightly, and certain critical needs went unfunded due to a shift in donor priorities, as well as the inability of many nonprofits to...
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By:
Jerome A. Chanes
With the American Jewish Congress apparently closing its doors, there won't be many mourners saying Kaddish. Instead, the prevailing communal sentiment will probably be: "We have too many agencies; one less will not matter." The serious financial problems that had plagued the AJCongress over recent decades became a mortal threat in the past year-and-a-half as a result of "L'Affaire Madoff,"...
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