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  • The Shavuot Challenge: Connecting Liberal American Jewish Males to Jewishness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2013 | 5:15 am

    There’s no better and more timely reading recommendation for Shavuot eve than Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism, a paper recently published by the Jewish People Policy Institute (which I incidentally work for, in case you didn’t know). Its author, Prof. Sylvia Barak...

  • How to become a Jew

    May 8, 2013 | 11:40 am

    1. ENROLL IN A CONVERSION PROGRAM

    There are a variety of options for how to begin the process, but all involve study with a rabbi. Some people study with an individual rabbi for a period of time, and other people enroll in group classes designed especially for converts.

    People...

  • The Upgrade Generation

    By David Suissa

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I often think about the kind of life my grandfather led. In his small Jewish neighborhood of Marrakesh, the days resembled each other -- you worked, you prayed, you learned, you spent time with family and neighbors. The days and weeks followed the same Jewish pattern, year in and...
  • Dumbing Down Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You can't talk about Jewish philanthropy without talking about Jewish priorities. For many years now, a huge priority for the American Jewish community has been to fight assimilation -- what is elegantly called "Jewish continuity." It's a priority that is rarely challenged. How do...
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  • B’nai Mitzvah: Exactly how kosher was Christy’s bat mitzvah?

    By Cantor Ron Li-Paz

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Christy's bat mitzvah was a monumental event for her entire family. The synagogue was full, featuring out-of-towners from New York, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. It was the first time that many of them had been in a synagogue.

    While Christy was nervous that she would make a...

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