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Finding Thankfulness During Difficult Times

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This has been one of the most difficult times in recent memory for the world’s Jewish community and the world in general. Many of us are directly connected through family or friendships with victims of Palestinian terror. Some have close connections with Parisian Jews.

The recent terror touches us all even closer, even if...

Stand in Solidarity With France, But Remember Israel

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We absolutely stand in solidarity with the citizens of France and the rest of the civilized world in condemnation of the terrorist group ISIS, an organization seemingly empowered by heretofore unthinkable deadly acts against unarmed civilians.

The ISIS threat is characterized by the beheading of journalists or aid workers, the placement of girls and women in the sex slave trade, the bombing of a Russian commercial jetliner and now the cowardly attacks in Paris. We feel relief that France’s leaders have seen enough to motivate it to take severe measures to stop this runaway serpent from claiming any more prey.

Still, for many of us, there is an 800-pound gorilla in the room.

In early...

Is the Federation Tent Really Open For Disagreement?

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Jerry Silverman said it’s time to make up and move ahead.

On Monday, Silverman, the president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) told some 3,000 attendees at his organization’s General Assembly (GA) that the language between Jews on last summer’s Iran nuclear debate “was vicious and beyond the pale.”

This year’s GA, held in Washington, D.C., was occurring on the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, just minutes away from the GA, met with a demeanor of cordiality instead of coldness.

Silverman told the group that “politics need to be put aside,” and that the energy of the Jewish community needs to be...

#BDSfail: American BDS Advocates Visit Israel, Take Selfies, Use Amenities

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(israellycool) Anti-Israel nincompoops of the day: On Tuesday, November 10, at 11:30 am, Jewish Americans CODEPINK activists, Ariel Gold, of Ithaca, NY, and Ariel Vegosen, of Oakland, CA, unfurled a banner near the Kotel (Western Wall) reading, “American Jews support BDS.” Representing the women’s peace organization Code Pink, the activists’ goal was to express Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as a nonviolent strategy to bring about a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Because nothing says “boycott Israel” like getting on a plane and traveling to Israel. And we suppose while in Israel...

A Thank You to Bryna Malitzky

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We know for sure that there are pressing issues impacting Israel and the rest of the Jewish world. Sometimes it is important to stop for a moment and realize that there are people who are our neighbors and friends who act tirelessly in our local communities. They aren’t necessarily big names on the world stage. But locally, they go about the business of improving the Jewish community’s quality of life.

Bryna Malitzky is certainly one of these people. After 20 years running the day-to-day operations of the Teaneck Mikvah, she has announced her retirement at the end of the current year.

“She was invaluable in establishing a solid foundation for the continued success of the Teaneck...

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