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  • Ghosts in the classroom: A Yom Kippur message

    by Sarah Shulkind

    11 hours ago

    There are ghosts in our classrooms.  Listen closely, and you can hear the generational echoes reverberating. 

    The grandfather of a second grader struggling with math was a renowned professor at MIT. The child who dances at the Kotel on his eighth grade class trip remembers his...

  • 5775: Old conflicts, new hopes in the new year

    By Arthur Cohn

    17 hours ago

    Israel turned 66 years old in 5774, the year that just passed. Some 8.2 million people live in Israel, of which 24,000 immigrated in the past year. Some 178,000 babies were born, and 42,000 people died. Jews make up 75 percent of the population; Arabs make up 20.7 percent. When...

  • Gaza, and Europe’s new wave of anti-Semitism

    by Adam Schiff

    2 days ago

    For weeks, the images filled the world’s television screens – of collapsed buildings, weeping parents and widows, and anguished calls for vengeance.  It was these scenes, of the genuine suffering of Palestinian civilians caught up in a war provoked by Hamas that have been seized on...

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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.” 

    ...
  • Pre-K in 2024

    by Joe Mathews, Zocalo Public Square

    1 week 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...

  • 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...

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