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  • What makes a wage just?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 3, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Raising the minimum wage is a mitzvah. 

    The Rambam says that ensuring others have work that can sustain them is the highest rung on the hierarchy of tzedakah (Mattanot Aniyim, 10:7). In Judaism, tzedakah does not mean charity but justice. We rectify social wrongs and fulfill our...

  • A gridlock bypass in Congress?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 27, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Neo-Nazis, Halachah, unemployment and anti-Semitism

    January 18, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    Who Are Today’s Neo-Nazis

    Rob Eshman is correct to decry the world’s double standard when criticizing the ultra-barbaric state of Syria (“Stop the Stalinists,” Jan. 13). The irony of course that Qatar, a sister Arab Muslim nation, published a cartoon depicting Bashar Assad...

  • Still unemployed: Out of luck but not out of hope

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 22, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    In July 2009, when everyone could see that the financial collapse of September 2008 was not going to be short-lived, I tracked down and interviewed for The Journal several people who had been hit hard by the recession. I also wrote about what Jewish organizations locally were doing...

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  • Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

    October 17, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    In her final months as a political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, Susanna Zlotnikov had a positive outlook about landing a job.

    But as the months passed and her network of contacts led only to dead ends, Zlotnikov decided she needed a backup. Instead of spending the...

  • A Democrat’s lament, and a glimmer of hope

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 7, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    There is a sick feeling of demoralization settling over Democrats, like drizzle on a cloudy day. It’s not because of losses in the midterm elections; it’s the unnerving realization that we are on our own.

    When Barack Obama came to Washington, he promised to change the town. I...

  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Despite diplomas, Ethiopian Israelis can’t find jobs

    By Dina Kraft

    December 26, 2008 | 12:15 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy and worked hard to find his way in a new land and learn to speak a new language. Eventually, Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country's top universities.

    However, since...

  • Don’t let the stress of ailing economy kill you

    November 26, 2008 | 6:12 pm

    Downtown Hospital is just a block from Wall Street. Walking through its beefed-up emergency room recently, I came upon Terry Jung, the hospital's very thoughtful head triage nurse. She told me that despite the financial crisis and roller-coaster stock market, the number of patients...
  • Postville Jewish community struggles to survive after raid

    By Ben Harris

    November 24, 2008 | 8:06 pm

    POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA) -- After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town's Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial.

    All told, they...

  • Economic crisis boosts need to focus on domestic violence

    November 19, 2008 | 3:25 am

    Domestic violence is the American epidemic we don't want to talk about, hear about or know about. But in my 30 years as an advocate for women and children, I've never been more concerned about the victims of domestic violence than I am right now. Families already buckling under the...
  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Communities can use High Holy Days to help ease economic angst

    September 25, 2008 | 2:32 am

    With the start of the High Holy Days, the pace of communal life starts to change, and our focus is on reflection, reconciliation, repentance and the annual response to new beginnings.

    For too many in our community, however, this season will hold more angst than joy.

    The economic...

  • Israel confronts shared future with Bedouin citizens

    By Carin M. Smilk

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before in a TV docudrama, or on the glossy pages of National Geographic or as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village....
  • Is It Good for Them?

    By Rob Eshman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this week, an official in the ruling Palestinian leadership sat down for dinner at the Beverly Hills estate of a wealthy Jewish businessman and listened to a plan to save Palestine.
    The businessman, Guilford Glazer, is the staunchly pro-Israel former chair of Israel Bonds,...

  • Why Synagogues Are Going Broke

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Unemployment hit a 30-year low in April and the economy is, if not booming, at least bouncing. So why is it that so many synagogues, even in wealthy areas, are struggling? Perhaps it is because members fail to understand that dues only go so far, according to Sylvia Moskovitz,...

  • The Honeymoon is Over

    By Eric Silver

    February 24, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Nine months after Ehud Barak took office as "everybody's prime minister," the honeymoon is over -- with his voters, coalition allies and Arab partners in the quest for peace. It is too early to write him off, but the Labor leader can no longer rely on loyalty or goodwill to see him...
  • Rich Israeli, Poor Israeli

    By Larry Derfner

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For all the recent hubbub over the worsening lot of Israel's poor, and the growing criticism of Prime Minister Ehud Barak's born-again Reaganite economic policies, it should be understood that in many key misery indices, Israel isn't doing too badly.

    Compared to the world's other 25...

  • Poverty and Unemployment Plague Israel

    By Larry Derfner

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The peace process isn't the news in Israel anymore; it's poverty, unemployment and hunger. The domestic agenda, the one that Prime Minister Ehud Barak focused his election campaign on, has jumped up and bitten him.

    Recent polls show that Israelis, by a margin of over 2-1, think Barak...

  • Crypto - Jews Unmasked

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This past October I found myself, along with four other North American Jewish journalists, flying business class -- a wonderful way to fly -- to Croatia on Lufthansa Airlines. The Croatian Tourist Office in conjunction with Lufthansa had generously put together a 12 day guest...