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Veterans Day: A Call for National Service

Veterans Day: A Call for National Service
By November 11, 2009

I was a freshman in college the first time I truly observed Veterans Day. Like the rest of the country, I’d been under the patriotic spell that characterized the two months following the attacks of September 11th. That Veterans Day, … Read More

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Overcoming the Shonde

Overcoming the Shonde
By October 29, 2009

In honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Met Council (Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty) is campaigning for the Jewish community to take a stand and combat DV in the Jewish community. To learn more, visit www.metcouncil.org. “My name is … Read More

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An Open Letter to ADL Leader Abe Foxman: A Response to Obama’s Critics on Israeli-Arab Peace

An Open Letter to ADL Leader Abe Foxman:  A Response to Obama’s Critics on Israeli-Arab Peace
By August 1, 2009

Dear Abe, You’ve been at the forefront of American Jewish criticism of President Obama’s renewed push for Israeli-Arab peace. After a recent meeting with the President along with 15 other Jewish leaders, you confessed that you continue “to feel uncomfortable … Read More

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Obama’s Biggest Initiative of All – Service Learning

Obama’s Biggest Initiative of All – Service Learning
By March 25, 2009

Nothing that the Obama administration has discussed thus far – not TARP or the purchase of a trillion dollars in government bonds, not a regional approach to peace negotiations in the Middle East, nor the idea of posting all future … Read More

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Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage Rights
By December 5, 2008

In the summer of 2008, four Bay Area Jewish organizations allied to support the California Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling and to defeat a ballot proposition, Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. In November 2008, Proposition 8 passed, by a narrow … Read More

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Kosher-Keeping Vegans Go Undercover To Break The Biggest Case Of Animal Cruelty In American Jewish History

Kosher-Keeping Vegans Go Undercover To Break The Biggest Case Of Animal Cruelty In American Jewish History
By July 2, 2008

Philip and Hannah Schein are the Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker of American vegans. This husband and wife team – Philip is forty-three; Hannah, ten years younger – are undercover investigators for the animal rights group PETA. Over the past … Read More

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Tzedakah We Love: Encounter Exposes Jews to Palestinian Daily Life

Tzedakah We Love: Encounter Exposes Jews to Palestinian Daily Life
By January 8, 2008

Israel education is a hugely important factor in any Jewish community and Jewish life, but I don’t feel like I’ve ever gotten an adequate exposure to Palestinian life. Read More

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“Socially Responsible Tourism” Comes to Israel

“Socially Responsible Tourism” Comes to Israel
By December 14, 2007

Israel is trying to sex up its image. The July issue of Maxim led with a spicy photo spread of the “Women of the Israel Defense Force“—an idea pitched to the magazine by the Israeli consulate in New York. And … Read More

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