Monday, July 6, 2015 Tammuz 19, 5775

Despite Budget Woes, Group Has Lots to Give I would like to react to the July 15 cover story, "Finding the Feasible Path to Inclusion." As board chair of InterFaithways, I believe that we should not be discouraged regarding recent allocations developments -- our cause is right, at the right time! I plan to fight to continue and grow InterFaithways...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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By:
Eric Yoffie
Who won the latest round of the conversion wars? No one. In these wars, everybody loses. To be sure, a broad-based coalition of American Jews -- anchored by the federation system, and the Reform and Conservative movements -- succeeded in convincing Israel's leaders to delay a vote on a controversial new conversion bill in the Knesset. This was a monumental...
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If It's All True, There's a Dilemma in November If the allegations in recent television ads and in an advertisement in the July 1 Jewish Exponent about Joe Sestak from the group Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin are true, I will be faced with a significant dilemma this November. I could not in good conscience vote for such an anti-...
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By:
Jerome A. Chanes
With the American Jewish Congress apparently closing its doors, there won't be many mourners saying Kaddish. Instead, the prevailing communal sentiment will probably be: "We have too many agencies; one less will not matter." The serious financial problems that had plagued the AJCongress over recent decades became a mortal threat in the past year-and-a-half as a result of "L'Affaire Madoff,"...
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