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  • LGBTQ community in Jerusalem marches on, despite controversy

    by Eliana Rudee

    2 days ago

    After being rescheduled twice because of this summer’s conflict, the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade occurred last Thursday evening. Unlike Tel Aviv’s Pride parade, the “holy city” of Jerusalem’s parade resembles “more of a serious political march than a festival-like celebration.” 

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  • Pre-K in 2024

    by Joe Mathews, Zocalo Public Square

    6 days ago

    Hard to believe that only a decade ago—back in the fall of 2014—the future of pre-kindergarten looked so promising in California.

    State leaders were congratulating themselves on passing a budget and new legislation that promised more than 40,000 new full-day pre-K spots for...

  • Rosh Hashanah message September 2014

    by Sarah Shulkind

    1 week ago

    Kids who aren’t afraid of failing take the risks that change the world. 

    Why? Because optimism and failure are the necessary and inextricable foundation upon which creative confidence flourishes. You have to believe in a better world—desperately and urgently—to take the risks and...

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  • Compassionate kapparot: use coins, not chickens

    by Rabbi Jonathan Klein

    1 week ago

    How does one remove sin and guarantee one’s name in the Book of Life during the Ten Days of Repentance? Here’s one way that does not work: Take a factory-farmed white hen out of a battery cage in the sweltering heat, wave it over your head, say “This is my exchange, this is my...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    by Severyn Ashkenazy

    1 week ago

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • Rosh Hashana: Embracing our elders

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    We are spiritually ambitious at this time of year. We reflect, we repent, we make resolutions. We study our faults and mistakes of the past year and commit to being better people in the coming year. We ask for forgiveness and forgive in return. We listen to brilliant sermons that...

  • Why I have vaccinated my daughters

    by Stacy Mintzer Herlihy

    1 week ago

    I have two girls, ages three and eleven. My daughters have gotten every last vaccine I can possibly get for them. I have done the same for myself. 

    Why? Because quite simply, vaccines are one of the most amazing medical discoveries we humans have ever pulled off. Because I don't...

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