Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Sivan 9, 5775

It just doesn't seem fair. After all, the pools are still filled. Summer, for so many of us, begins when the local swimming holes open on Memorial Day, and officially ends when they close on Labor Day. But this year, many area students will don their backpacks and board their buses well before the holiday weekend gets rolling. Those students...
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By:
Saul P. Wachs
For many years, it has been my privilege and pleasure to spend summers in Israel. With seven grandchildren close by, access to the family is easy and very satisfying. There is time to study and write, and to visit with the many friends who have made aliyah. My wife, Diane Cover, is able to pursue her passion for painting. The...
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By:
​Misha Galperin
As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last month, a group of Israeli soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency's Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. The lesson has nothing to do with...
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​Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity regarding direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, a contingent from The Israel Project (TIP) met last week in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Our goal was to help protect Israel, Jews and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis by reducing the culture of hate that...
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Donors Important, Sure, but Pros Must Decide In recent weeks, the Jewish Exponent has quoted Federation officials saying that "donor wishes are paramount" and that "we must try to educate donors." The community is very dependent on the generosity of individual donors and foundations for funds to help those in our community and Israel who are in need. However, we...
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