Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775

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Andrew Silow-Carroll
The end of 2007 saw the publication of two important documents on the future of the American synagogue, and, at first glance, they could not appear more different. The first, "Acting Strategically: A Manual for Synagogue Planning," is a product of the Minneapolis-based STAR, or Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal. Written in the language of business consulting, the manual offers a...
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By:
Evelyn Gordon
One of the most widespread misconceptions about Israeli-Palestinian talks is that "everyone knows what a deal looks like," and all that's needed is for the parties to sit down and sign it. As The New York Times put it in an editorial last month, "the issue is less how peace would look than whether leaders ... have the political courage...
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Just Whose 'Holiday' Does That Tree Represent? Your article on holiday observances (Cover story: "Deck the Halls -- With What?" Dec. 20) reminded me of an issue that I faced as a teacher last December. I'd been employed for 12 years at Pemberton Township High School. During the last three of those years, the high school building had a Christmas...
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The news business tends to view the end of December as a time for soft holiday features. Yet for some major outlets, there was no break from media bias against Israel. In what was only the most egregious example of a growing genre of stories, The Wall Street Journal published a feature on Dec. 24 by Kenneth Woodward that claimed...
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While many differences exist between the various candidates in this presidential election season, it's worth noting that, of all the domestic-policy issues being debated this year, none is as divisive or nasty as the battle over immigration. The backlash in the country against illegal immigrants is a powerful force in this election. Anti-immigrant sentiment can be heard from voters across...
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