Jewish Journal

A Blessed and Full Cycle of Life

By Lia Mandelbaum

October 14, 2010 | 12:08 am

Papa Jake and Grand Deborah

On October 1,2010, my grandfather Jake Gottfried, passed away.  He was a brilliant architect, and a humble, gentle man.  My grandfather was, and still is, an exquisite role model to me,... read on

  • Sarah Silverman speaks out about bullying kids who are gay or lesbian.

    By Maital Guttman

    October 10, 2010 | 9:19 am

    I love Sarah Silverman.  I first met her in person at the GLAAD media awards.  I love her irreverent sense of humor, but mostly I love how she uses this humor to make a point, and even make a difference.  She got young people to make the “Great Schlep” down to Florida to convince... read on

  • Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives

    By Naomi Goldberg

    October 8, 2010 | 12:35 pm

    I’ve been horrified to hear about the recent rash of suicides of LGBT and other marginalized youth who have been bullied and made to feel worthless. How did we come to such a place where children feel that they have no escape from bullying but to kill themselves?  While we can work... read on

  • ‘Mo Moments

    By Tera Greene

    October 5, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    The other day I found myself dancing gayly - I mean, happily/freely -  with fellow blogger, Kalil Cohen,  in celebration of Simchat Torah.  At one point in the night, I broke concentration from my intense jump, jivin’ and wailin’, and thought to myself whilst the Cantor and... read on

  • Jewish newspaper reverses decision to include same-sex unions

    By Naomi Goldberg

    October 5, 2010 | 10:50 am

    The Jewish Standard, a Jewish newspaper in New Jersey, has announced that it will no longer include same-sex unions in the celebrations page - after publishing just one.  You can read the note from the editor here.

    The newspaper cites “pain and consternation” from... read on

  • 20% of Israeli adoptions are by same-sex couples

    By Maital Guttman

    October 3, 2010 | 3:02 am

    Haaretz reports that approximately 20% of adoptions in Israel are by same-sex couples, up 50% from 2008.  The longer I am in Israel, the more fascinated I become with the way in which the country is dealing with homosexuality on a policy level.  There seems to be a shift recently in... read on

  • Chutzpah

    By Chanel Dubofsky

    September 27, 2010 | 10:12 pm

    I read a book during Yom Kippur services this year. Not a prayer book, or even anything on Judaism, just a novel, albeit a good one. I felt like a jerk, but it was either bring a book or not show up at all, and honestly, I wasn’t prepared to deal with that particular guilt.

    ... read on
  • The Loner, The Shedding and The Sukkot

    By Tera Greene

    September 24, 2010 | 3:54 pm

    Sukkot is a time to visit and be with friends and family in environmental settings to bring us closer to the natural world.  It is a holiday that reminds us that we are all equal and that injustice is not imperative to joyful life.  It is a time to remember again of the Exodus, and... read on

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