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December 3, 2012 | 4:34 pm
June 27, 2012 | 2:39 pm
The just-released Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 clearly shows that the Jewish population decline in New York has been stemmed by large numbers of babies born to Orthodox families in America.
The heroic fertility and educational efforts of Orthodox Jews — sometimes to...
March 18, 2012 | 7:07 pm
Two leading political scientists, Robert Putnam and David Campbell, have recently released their findings related to the connection between religious affiliation and voting patterns. Their study released this month in Foreign Affairs magazine suggests that “church attendance has...
February 1, 2012 | 4:41 pm
Over the past few days, the press reported a welcomed reminder of how America has been transforming itself over recent decades. Not in the depressing trajectory that is often the subject of the blather of 24/7 news outlets and their self-proclaimed “pundits.” Rather, by virtue of...
January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm
September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm
When I initially heard that Rabbi David Baron had approached Mel Gibson to give him the opportunity to apologize for his anti-Semitic remarks, my immediate reaction was that Yom Kippur was a perfect occasion to bring him before his congregation to atone ("What I Really Asked Mel...
February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Every other year, our congregation travels to a different part of the Jewish world to meet and, if necessary, help our fellow Jews. Having traveled to Israel, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union many times, as well as Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, our...
December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm
December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pmI have seen the Jewish future and, to my surprise, it still belongs to the Baby Boomers. By now I'd guess that Boomers would happily cede attention and civic responsibility to Gen Xers and Gen J but nothing doing. One in three Jews today are between ages 35-53, and the needs and...
September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pmAnyone from the Western part of the United States aspiring to national Jewish leadership has "got to be an 11 on a scale of one to 10," Burton Levinson says. "We've got a lot of eights and nines in Los Angeles and elsewhere, but that's not good enough."
Put another way, "For American...
January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmRumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.