Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Av 26, 5776

The Equality Forum should be commended for featuring Israel, a nation that is seen as one of the world's most progressive when it comes to respecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians. By highlighting Israel during the 20th annual forum for LGBT activists and supporters over the weekend, the group managed simultaneously to take a bold stand, showcase Israeli...
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Rabbi Peter Rigler
Last week, my wife, Rabbi Stacy Rigler, and I, along with many others in our area, participated in the Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge. The program challenged us to do what 1 in 7 people in the greater Philadelphia region do every day of their lives: experience what it means to live on $5 a day for food. This experience...
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Malcolm Lazin
I am a LGBT Jew with strong ties to Israel. As a collegian, I spent a summer working on a kibbutz and have returned to Israel on a mission sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and for World Pride in Jerusalem, which occurred during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. Given these strong connections, I am proud...
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It's certainly no more than a coincidence that within a two-week period, the Anti-Defamation League is slated to elect its first Muslim board member and the local affiliate of the Presbyterian Church USA voted to reject an effort by its parent organization to divest from companies doing business with Israel. These two developments, reported first in this week's Jewish Exponent...
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By:
Michael Steinhardt
As Israel begins its 65th year of modern-day independence, there can be no disputing that this nation remains confronted with a myriad of challenges and threats to its very existence. But despite the perceived pall of fear and tension that seem to hang eternally over Israel, I can confidently say, as someone who has been blessed to contribute to its...
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