Saturday, August 2, 2014 Av 6, 5774
What's in a number? That's the question sparked yet again by the latest studies attempting to pinpoint the number of Jews in America. The good news is that our numbers are apparently up: Two new studies, using completely different methodologies, discovered between 6.4 million and 6.6 million Jews, or about 1.8 percent of the U.S. population, the Forward reported this...
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The convergence of heightened tensions with Iran and the official start to the 2012 presidential primary season could be good or bad timing, depending on how the players handle this delicate period. Either way, all parties should remember that much is at stake. Politics must not get in the way of legitimate policy discussions as the threat of a nuclear...
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News that an insidious movement to delegitimize Israel will be convening a conference at the University of Pennsylvania next month is stirring much angst in our community. The anxiety is justified, but we as a community must be careful not to overreact so as not to hand the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as BDS, a public-relations victory. We...
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After a year marked by turmoil and strife -- the equally hopeful/anxious Arab Spring, a world economy that, despite predictions, still seems to be spiraling out of control, an election season that's been marked by a carnival spirit -- it's quite pleasing to realize that our city provides its inhabitants with lovely pastimes to forget about all the doom and...
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It's no secret that Birthright Israel is one of the most successful innovations of the American Jewish community over the past decade. What's not so well-known --unless you're a parent of a child who's been shut out -- is that each go-round, only some 40 percent of the young adults who seek a coveted spot on the free tour through...
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