Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775

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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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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By:
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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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
On Nov. 9, 1938, a massive nationwide anti-Jewish pogrom took place during peacetime across the entire territory of the Third Reich. The pretext for this orgy of violence against German Jews was the shooting in Paris two days earlier of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish-Jewish refugee. The state-organized pogrom -- instigated by Hitler and...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Hillary Rodham Clinton's rescue mission over the weekend to breathe life into the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process was either a failure or a success, depending on who's telling the story. The secretary of state made a quick stop in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to drop his demand for a total settlement construction freeze and...
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