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We Are Better Than This: A Jewish Response to the Horror in Charleston

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Rabbi Evan Moffic

It has been said that the task of a rabbi is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. We are all afflicted. We are afflicted by the horrific murder of nine people gathered for a Bible study at a church in South Carolina

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

8 Pictures Revealing the Little-Known World of Black Jews

Mic | Andrea Garcia-Vargas | Posted 07.15.2014 | Home

It's the year 2014, but some people still refuse to believe that multiple ethnic identities can coexist seamlessly for each individual and each family...

Honoring Dr. King by Reconnecting Communities

Rachel Laser | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Rachel Laser

As we celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have the good fortune of seeing up close how his efforts continue to promote social justice. I must confess, though, that I sometimes worry about the distance -- some would say tensions -- that exist between blacks and Jews.

'Knockout' Attacks Caused By Resentment Of Jewish Success, Says Pol

| Posted 02.04.2014 | New York

By Sonja Sharp CROWN HEIGHTS — The alleged "knockout" attacks on Jewish residents of Crown Heights may stem from ongoing racial tension between t...

Ed Koch: A Inspiration For Black-Jewish Relations

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 04.06.2013 | Home
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Even as he became a Jewish icon, Koch never forgot that he was mayor of all New Yorkers, striving to expand access to affordable housing and jobs for African-Americans and other minorities.

Becoming Jamaica's Rabbi: Looking Back And Moving Forward

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

Making any transition is difficult. But moving to a new country to become the only rabbi for an entire island is a huge leap. If that wasn't enough, I became the first ordained rabbi to lead the Jamaican Jewish community in 33 years.

What My Nanny Left Me

Tablet Magazine | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home

By Ross Kenneth Urken Tablet Magazine How did a Jewish boy from New Jersey end up speaking with a Jamaican accent? It’s an enduring inheritance ...

Repairing The Black-Jewish Rift

Matthew Anderson | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home
Matthew Anderson

Standing to the left of Fred on his wedding day, my emotions were nearly as high and mixed as those of the lucky couple. I was honored to be the best man at their wedding.

Rev. Al Sharpton's High Holidays Repentance

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 10.26.2011 | Home
Rabbi Jason Miller

I think we should take Sharpton at his word. A cynic might say that Sharpton needed to apologize for his role in the riots in order to get his MSNBC show. But after reading his apology, I feel it is sincere.

My Message To The Churches, Mosques And Synagogues: Do Your Job!

Russell Simmons | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Russell Simmons

The haters will always hate. It is the solemn and fundamental obligation of ALL religious institutions and leaders to fight relentlessly for understanding and reconciliation.

WATCH: 20 Years After Violence, Crown Heights Residents Reflect

Posted 10.19.2011 | Home

On Aug. 19, 1991, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old Guyanese boy, was struck by the motorcade of the Lubavitcher...

Re-framing The Racial And Religious Narratives In Crown Heights

Henry Goldschmidt | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Henry Goldschmidt

If New Yorkers and others are ever going to get past the violence of August 1991, we all need to recognize that our perceptions of this violence are only that

Brooklyn Race Riots Approaching 20th Anniversary

Stuy, NY Patch | C. Zawadi Morris Email the Author | Posted 09.27.2011 | Home

“When everyone else was leaving the neighborhood, we stayed,” said Rabbi Eli Cohen, executive director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Counc...

The Self-Proclaimed Jewish Conspiracy Against Kwame Kilpatrick

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.06.2011 | Home
Rabbi Jason Miller

Rather than seeking repentance for his misdeeds, Kwame cries that it was unfair the way he was treated and looks for a scapegoat. So, why not the Jews?

Rabbis, Rev. King And Revolution

Robyn Carolyn Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robyn Carolyn Price

The sounds of Muslims and Christians in Tahrir Square praying and protesting echoes a transformational moment when Jewish rabbis risked their lives to protect Black Americans.