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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This weekend, join us to resist in the streets at Families Belong Together rallies...

Dear readers: The news this week has made us sick to our stomachs — massive immigrant detention camps, the Supreme Court’s Muslim Ban and JANUS decisions, Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring from the Supreme Court, and...

Parents outraged by schoolwork saying Jews, Christians and Muslims worship same God

Do Christians, Muslims and Jews believe in the same God? A homework assignment given to sixth-grade students last month in Illinois asserted they do. When an Elgin Area School District board member caught wind of...

New program in Rochester connects Jewish families with services for those with disabilities

AutismUp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are combining forces to provide support for families of individuals with autism or other developmental and intellectual disabilities. The two organizations are launching a service to connect...
The iCenter has shipped 80 Camp Israel Resource Boxes across the country and is offering webinars for camps to learn how to use the resources, June 2019. Credit: Courtesy.

Jewish overnight camps prep for summer with Israel-oriented resources

The immersive environment of Jewish summer camp—where the day is full of diverse activities, staff members are accessible role models and friendships with others help shape young lives—offers a unique opportunity for Israel learning...
‘A Call to Remember: The David Schaecter Story’ will air Thursday at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, and include a conversation with the film’s subject. Courtesy photo

Jewish Community Center screening makes sure we never forget

In a study released in April 2018, more than one-fifth of millennials surveyed said they haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of it. A full two-thirds couldn’t identify what...
The Great Synagogue of Constanța in Romania. Credit: Wikipedia.

Romania Jewish community given rabbinical permission for Shabbat burials

The Jewish community of Bucharest, Romania, received a rabbinical exception to bury those who have died as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Shabbat to help bypass Romanian government orders on Friday that such victims...

San Diego Birthright Bus – Report from Shaar Ha’Negev

Going on Birthright was something that I have been contemplating partaking in ever since I first heard about it my freshmen year of college, but I always found reasons not to do it. It...

Can You Live On $22 a Month?

Government pensions to Holocaust survivors average only $22 per month. That's almost twice below internationally recognized poverty levels for the poorest countries in the world. Many survivors receive no reparations from Germany. Those that do (8.9%)...
More than 30,000 boxes of matzah will be delivered by JDC volunteers to the Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union during the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, March 2021. Credit: JDC.

JDC offers annual Passover food packages, educational activities via Zoom

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is reaching widening global audiences this Passover with hundreds of online events, holiday content and its century-old tradition of delivering matzah to Jews in need. While in-person activities...
IfNotNow members posing with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on the campaign trail. Credit: IfNotNow via Facebook.

On the campaign trail, IfNotNow baits 2020 candidates to condemn so-called ‘occupation’

Making headlines over the past year in targeting the mainstream Jewish community and its support for Israel, the upstart IfNowNow group has now thrown itself into the 2020 presidential ring. In the past few...