Op-Ed

Unity Is the Answer for My Haredi Israeli Town

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By Carol Ungar Lately, the media has been flooded with stories of Orthodox Jews who are derelict in following pandemic protocols. This sort of behavior...

We Need to Build Compassion and Understanding

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By Amanda Berman In Brooklyn on the sixth night of Sukkot, an anti-mask populist convinced members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Borough Park to...

Effecting Change Through Interfaith Interconnectedness

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By Marcia Bronstein Relationships require forging ties with others and bridging differences. Relationship building is the most challenging part of advocacy, the work I cherish...

The American Jewish Story Needs to Include More Non-Ashkenazi Jews Like Me

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By Layla Rudy When I was in first grade, during my first few weeks of yeshiva in New Jersey, my teacher asked the class what...

Teaching and Understanding Culture Is Vital

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By Carolyn Leigh Kellerman I have often wondered about the meaning of “culture.” As an adult, I am still learning. As an educator, I must...

When It Comes to Denouncing White Supremacists, Words Matter

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By Shira Goodman Words matter. This is a lesson we teach our kids, but adults must heed this as well. And often, the intent behind...

Clergy Stress Levels Are Soaring. Rabbis Need a Break.

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By Rabbi Elyse Wechterman and Rabbi Ilana Garber In these last six months, Jewish clergy all over the world have worked more hours, in more ways,...

There’s No Singular Jewish Way to Mourn or Grieve

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By Rabbi Lisa Silverstein When I was in rabbinical school, we were taught some pretty solid information about death and burial. It was academically correct...

Diplomacy Built Israeli-Arab Peace. The Private Sector Will Sustain It.

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By Dana Stroul Less than 100 years after Israel’s founding as the homeland for the Jewish people in 1948, the “Arab-Israeli conflict” appears to be...
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Census 2020: It’s Time to Stand and Be Counted

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By Arlene Fickler This week, we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, marking the beginning of the year 5781. As I reflect back on the year that ended...