‘Meeting People Where They Are’

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Ever since last year’s Pew Report on American Jewish life offered a sobering assessment on young Jews’ affinity for Jewish communal institutions and causes, the question of how best to attract and retain the young has taken on a new sense of urgency among communal leaders. That focus toward youth engagement and retention was on… Read More

What’s Next?

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Amid surveys and studies suggesting North American Jewry may be a culture in decline, more than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, hoping to stem the tide of anti-Semitism, disengagement and political disagreement. While the three-day event, which… Read More

Budget Watch

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Are government programs aimed at helping Maryland’s most needy in danger following the gubernatorial victory of Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a platform of reducing taxes and has a constitutional mandate to balance the state budget? Although entitlement programs are often the first ones on the chopping block when an administration aims to tighten… Read More

What’s in a Name?

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JERUSALEM — It doesn’t have a name, so what do you call it? And if you can’t name it, how do you deal with it? There’s no question “it” is happening, the evidence overwhelming. What started with stone throwing after the murder of 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2 has been increasing exponentially,… Read More

Biden Pledges Continued Support for Israel

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Among the many personal connections Vice President Joe Biden has made in the Jewish community, he holds that of Elie Wiesel close to his heart. The Holocaust survivor, author, activist and professor said something that has stuck with Biden for a long time. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel told Biden, who recalled… Read More

Biden Pledges Continued Support for Israel

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Among the many personal connections Vice President Joe Biden has made in the Jewish community, he holds that of Elie Wiesel close to his heart. The Holocaust survivor, author, activist and professor said something that has stuck with Biden for a long time. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel told Biden, who recalled… Read More

JT Media Coverage of the 2014 JFNA General Assembly

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks provided the opening plenary keynote speech. He urged the audience: “We disagree better than any other people in the world. What we need is not agreement, what we need is that feeling that we’re all connected to one and another and we’re all responsible for one another.” Vice President Joe Biden… Read More

Hurtful Words

Obama Administration officials attempted to distance themselves from administration officials’ insults aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after those comments set off a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, organizations and pundits. In an article written by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, anonymous administration officials used choice words to denounce Netanyahu for what the… Read More

Jerusalem Light Rail Under Attack

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JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the city’s diverse neighborhoods. No more. It has become the symbol of a city under attack. On July 2, 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir… Read More

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Speak at Beth Tfiloh

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will speak to teenagers at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School on Friday, Nov. 7. Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 25 books, will give a d’var Torah to the entire high… Read More