Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

It is ironic that in the same week that Jehuda Reinharz, the esteemed outgoing president of Brandeis University, issued a clarion call for greater investment in developing highly qualified Jewish educators (see Editorial & Opinion), the faculty of the Barrack Hebrew Academy went on strike. The cancelation of classes and school activities at the pluralistic middle and high school has...
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Rabbi Mayer Selekman
Visit any Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform congregation on a Shabbat morning where there's a Bat/Bar Mitzvah in an interfaith family, and observe who's participating, where and how. Are both parents sitting on the bimah? Are both parents reciting the blessings for their aliyah during the Torah reading? Are both sets of grandparents participating in the handing down of the Torah?...
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Intermarriage has long been an established fact in American Jewish life, but the debate over how best to address it goes on. On one side are those who would focus most communal resources on bolstering the education of the "in-married" and their families. On the other are those who advocate expanding outreach efforts to encourage intermarried couples to raise Jewish...
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Newspaper Gives J Street Conference Short Shrift It's unfortunate that, instead of sending its own reporter to the inaugural conference of J Street in Washington, D.C., the Jewish Exponent chose to print a Jewish Telegraph Agency news brief (Nation & World: "Confab: Generational Divide on Israel," Oct. 29). The piece stressed the differences among the 1,500 attendees at the expense...
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​Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
Those of us in -- or approaching -- the second half of life, find ourselves in uncharted terrain. We can expect, with any luck, to live another two, three or even four decades. Our lives are not nearly over. We certainly don't feel old, and in the wake of the economic downturn, retirement will remain for many of us a...
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