Saturday, December 3, 2016 Kislev 3, 5777

By:
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block
On Jan. 18, communities across the country will participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. It is one of three "showcase" days of volunteering established in the past 20 years -- the others being Sept. 11 and Global Youth Service Day in April. And it's indicative of a broader trend. Involvement in service in this country has...
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Why Should We Thank Him for Ditching Judaism? I was saddened after reading Alex Cohen's letter regarding intermarriage in the Jan. 7 issue. Most troubling is Mr. Cohen's rationalization that he's actually doing the Jewish community a favor by not marrying a Jewish woman. He says that we should be both "celebrating" and "thanking" him. Thanking him for what? For...
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You don't have to be a Jewish policy wonk to be struck by the findings of the new Jewish population study of Greater Philadelphia. Commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and released this week, the study provides a telling snapshot of who we are, how we live and how we connect Jewishly. As a window into our health,...
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Amid all the recent end-of-year/end-of-decade reflections, President Barack Obama took the presidential prerogative to take to the airwaves -- and also go online -- to share his assessment of his first year in office. Not surprisingly, he touted his accomplishments and downplayed his missteps. He focused on signs of economic recovery by emphasizing what he considers his administration's success in...
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By:
Sid Schwarz
I have more than a passing interest in the debate that's emerged about Jewish social entrepreneurship, which has become a hot topic in the blogosphere. I am a serial entrepreneur, having founded a synagogue (Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md.), a national Jewish educational organization (the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values) and a national interfaith initiative (the...
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