Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

By:
Betsy R. Sheerr
Millions of lives -- and the future of a tiny nation -- are still in jeopardy. No, we're not talking about Israel, but Haiti -- that small, impoverished island nation. Within hours of a catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Israel and the United States led the way in rescue and recovery. President Barack Obama spoke movingly: "In times...
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There Are Losses That Go Beyond Just Numbers "Philadelphia by the Numbers" (Cover story, Jan. 14), which dealt with the recently released population study, omitted another devastating phenomenon: the transfer of Jewish wealth to non-Jews. In the past, throughout the Diaspora communities, this transfer often occurred through violent expropriation from Jews by hostile governments; now it is happening every day...
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Birthright Israel recently marked its 10th anniversary, and we can only hope that it will be around for at least another decade. It is widely acclaimed as one of the most successful innovations to hit the American Jewish scene in decades. The program, which offers free 10-day trips for young Jewish adults in the Diaspora, was the brainchild of mega-philanthropists...
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The images emerging from Haiti are staggering; the statistics mind-boggling. While it would be easy to be struck with paralysis by the depth of such death and destruction, this is not the Jewish way. And so, from day one of a crisis of incomprehensible proportions, Israel and a host of Jewish organizations have rushed to join -- and, in many...
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Speaking Up When an Old Hatred Rears Its Head I read with interest Michael Elkin's piece titled "And a Happy New Year -- With Old Biases?" (City & Suburb, Dec. 31). He is indeed to be commended for speaking up when individuals resort to anti-Semitism. I have found myself in this situation numerous times, but have always been reluctant to...
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