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July 28, 2008

Economic ripples rock Jewish community

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/economic_ripples_rock_jewish_community_20080728/

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My complaints a week ago about being really, really busy and a bit negligent of this blog were courtesy of this story I was writing about how the tumbling economy was hurting the Jewish community. Despite what anti-Semites presume, Jews aren’t made of money, and when Americans on the whole are hurting, so too is American Jewry.

The major challenges are twofold: Jewish life is rich in communal organizations and therefore relies on significant community support; when the economy stumbles, demand for social services increases but funding, both public and private, typically goes in the opposite direction.

An excerpt from my article is after the jump:

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