Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Don't Relegate a Significant Segment of the Population to Second-Class Status
By:
Nancy Ratzan
Last spring, two Israeli newspapers doctored photographs of the new Israeli Cabinet to remove the images of two female ministers, Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver. In one paper, the women's faces were replaced with two male ministers; in the other, they were blotted out. The erasure of the women's faces was in accordance with the ultra-Orthodox view that it is...
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By:
Avi Shafran
At the end of last summer, dozens of women launched a protest against the practice of separate men's and women's seating on some Israeli public bus routes servicing haredi Orthodox communities. They boarded the buses and sat down among the men, expecting to provoke some strong reaction. The women, some dressed in decidedly non-haredi style, expected to be forced to...
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Critics of Israel Shouldn't Be Branded as Traitors I write to commend you on your fair coverage of the recent J Street program held at Penn Hillel (City & Suburb: "Competing 'Streets' Meet, but Manage Not to Intersect," Feb. 11). But I also must express my concern for the McCarthyism that is infecting the Jewish community as represented by the...
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Paper Got It All Wrong When It Comes to J Street As someone who has devoted years of my life to Israel advocacy, I am appalled by the Jewish Exponent's coverage of J Street and its recent Philadelphia event (City & Suburb: "Competing 'Streets' Meet, but Manage Not to Intersect," Feb. 11). While the newspaper has striven for an evenhanded...
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What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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