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  • ‘Worst fears, best hopes’ for a Trump presidency

    2 weeks ago

    The upset victory by Donald Trump in the 2016 elections stunned a Jewish activist and leadership class that is at times as divided as the electorate at large. JTA asked some of those leaders to describe their concerns and expectations in a series of brief essays, “Worst fears, best...

  • Anti-BDS law can’t be ‘pro-Israel’ if it tramples on free speech

    June 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    This is the first of two contrasting views on an executive order by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that prevents state agencies from doing business with companies that support a boycott of Israeli products. In the second, a law professor who tracks anti-BDS legislation says such laws...

  • Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Randi Weingarten arrested at Garner protest

    December 5, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Several prominent rabbis and the president of a national teachers union were arrested Thursday night while protesting police brutality.

    Rabbis Sharon Kleinbaum, Jill Jacobs and Shai Held, along with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, were...

  • Some Jewish questions for rabbis Jacobs and Rosove

    December 18, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Asking questions is a central aspect of Jewish tradition – indeed, formulating good questions is more important than trying to provide answers. Questions reflect the complexity of the human condition, as well as humility in acknowledging the inability to give ready answers in the...

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  • Without unemployment insurance, synagogue employees lacking a safety net

    September 3, 2013 | 7:02 am

    When Manya Monson was laid off in 2010, she knew she wouldn’t receive unemployment benefits, but she figured she could manage. Then a few weeks later she found out she was pregnant.

    “It made things very tough at that point,” Monson said.

    Had she been employed at the local...

  • Exploring the mitzvah of social action

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 4, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Among the gifts of the Jews, to use Thomas Cahill’s flattering phrase, perhaps none is more stirring and enduring than the biblical call to social justice.  We are reminded of the Jewish injunction to seek justice in a couple of new books from Jewish Lights, each of which shows us...

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