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Pride month; From left to right, Lesléa Newman, Michael Twitty, Joy Ladin, Daniel Atwood and Yelena Goltsman reflect on celebrating Pride in 2020. (Header image design by Grace Yagel)

Pride Month Isn’t the Focus for LGBTQ Jews This Year

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BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN via JTA Rick Landman still remembers how nervous he felt. Just 18, he had traveled to downtown Manhattan from his parents’ home in...

Liberal Jewish groups to Mort Klein: No room at communal table for a leader...

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As many Jewish organizations across the United States sent out statements decrying racism over the past week, the head of the Zionist Organization of...
backs of heads of people marching outside. one person is carrying a sign that says: "If you are neutral in sitatuations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Desmond Tutu

800 Rabbis Sign Statement Supporting Peaceful Protest Against Racism

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By Ben Sales | JTA and Eric Schucht  More than 800 rabbis, including the leaders of three major denominations, signed a statement in support of...
people marching down a DC street, holding up cardboard signs and wearing face masks

Police Brutality and Racism Are Problems. Where Should Our Energies Go to Address Them?

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By Rachel Kohn and Lisa Woolfson From organizational leaders to private individuals, members of the Washington-area Jewish community are condemning the death of George Floyd...

‘Believe Us’: Black Jews Respond to the George Floyd Protests

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As Enzi Tanner participated in an online havdalah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat Saturday night, his city — Minneapolis — was being torn...

Jewish Republicans Tackle a Thorny Question: What To Do About Republicans Like Steve King?

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The Republican Jewish Coalition is best known for scorching ads challenging the pro-Israel credentials of Democratic candidates. This election cycle, however, it is leading...

Bar Alleged Sexual Harassers From the Conference of Presidents? 250 Jewish Leaders Say Yes.

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A letter signed by more than 250 Jewish leaders is calling on the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to bar any...
Jewish girls in 1909

What Is Jewish American Heritage?

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By Arno Rosenfeld Black History Month was announced in 1969. Women’s History Month came about in 1987. Irish-American Heritage Month was created in 1990. Compared...

Eyeing an Uncertain Financial Future, Jewish Day Schools Get Creative

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Sponsored Content For nearly a month, students at Perelman Jewish Day School in suburban Philadelphia have begun each weekday online, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance,...

This 107-Year-Old Survived Both Spanish Flu and Coronavirus

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By Ben Harris | JTA After Marilee Shapiro Asher was admitted to the hospital in mid-April sick with COVID-19, her daughter got a call from...