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Style and Substance

By Rob Eshman

September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

What can the 2003 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) tell us that The New York Times wedding announcements can't?

I read both this weekend, pretty much one after the other, and I... read full article

  • A New Model for Jewish Identity

    By Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For countless American Jews, Jewish identity is shaped by the model of living as a minority immigrant group struggling to protect its heritage against assimilation. Contemporary research affirms this, tending to frame questions in terms of traditional Jewish behavior -- lighting...

  • Our Heroes and Theirs

    By Jonathan Medved

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last night's terror struck close to home. The boom of the blast at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim shook the windows of our house and left no doubt that we were hit again -- this time in our own neighborhood. Our son, Yossi, was on the phone with his brother, Momo, asking when he would be...

  • Walk Your Dog

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The two suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Rishon LeZion occurred Tuesday, the day I was booking my flight to Israel for later this fall.

    I fear what I'll find when I get there is a country caught up once again in a crescendo of violence. The brief calm that offered the barest of...

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  • A Rude Awakening in Spain

    By Amanda Susskind

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We are trekking through Toledo, Spain, happily reverting for a moment to a band of carefree tourists when we are halted in our tracks by a sight we had not expected. A series of stickers appended to street signs depicts a Jewish star with a slash through it -- the international sign...

  • Fervent Political

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    How does a Jewish community journalist cover such a non-Jewish election?

    Non-Jewish, I mean, in the sense that the recall battle isn't being fought over issues that are especially important to Jews. Nor does there seem to be many Jews involved, except as potential voters and as...

  • Sept. 11 Still Roils Our Nation’s Heritage

    By Arthur J. Magida

    September 4, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    Anniversaries take on lives of their own. The further from the original event, the more laden they become with symbolism, meaning and portent.

    Since the tempo of our time is fast, even abrupt, it's not surprising that since Sept. 11, 2001, we've backed away from the stomach-churning...

  • Positive Picture at University Goes Untold

    By Marc Dollinger

    August 28, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    It has been a great year in Jewish studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). The program enjoys surging enrollments.

    A comparative religion course on Judaism, Christianity and Islam fills to capacity with representatives of all three faiths. Jews and non-Jews sit together and...

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