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Government shutdown will have impact on community resources, world opinion of U.S.
BY Suzanne Pollak and Eric Hal Schwartz
October 3, 2013

Beth Newman has been working as a statistician at the Census Bureau for more than a year, but when she arrived at the office early Tuesday morning it wasn’t because she was eager to get a jump on the day’s work but because she, like tens of thousands of other federal employees, had to sign CONTINUE »

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October 3, 2013

Jack Moline, the rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation of Northern Virginia since 1987, is stepping down to become executive director at the National Jewish Democratic Council He replaces David Harris, who left the NJDC in December 2012 following what some saw as decreased Jewish support for the Democratic Party. He had led the organization for CONTINUE »

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Study highlights Jewish engagement, ideas and views
BY Maayan Jaffe & Uriel Heilman
October 3, 2013

There are a lot more Jews in America than you may have thought — an estimated 6.8 million, according to a new study. But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their children Jewish or connect with Jewish institutions. The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
October 3, 2013

If you are a Jewish woman struggling with infertility, technological and medical advances have provided you with a lot of options in recent decades. But if you are looking to have a Jewish child, the road ahead may be a little bumpier than you think. Jewish egg donors are some of the most sought-after donors CONTINUE »

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J Street policy conference rallies youth, falls short on effectively moving the conversation forward
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 3, 2013

The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the CONTINUE »