The Judaism recovery program used to be in nine other prisons but lost the funding. It is hard to raise money to help Jewish inmates transform their lives when there are puppies and sick children that are more appealing.
These lines are from ancient Jerusalem and form part of a psalm of thanksgiving that was penned in Hebrew over 2,000 years ago and preserved in the now-famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Though ancient, its themes resonate with modern religious traditions.
On Nov. 18, in Kiev, philanthropist Victor Pinchuk was awarded the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Medal of Honor by the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine for his contributions to Ukrainian-Jewish understanding and cooperation. What follows is a version of my remarks at the ceremony.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, human limitation forms the moral framework of Nemesis, as personified in its protagonist, Bucky Cantor, an upright, young playground director in Weequahic.
In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, my friend Reverend Lillian Daniel urges us to eat out less. She recommends meeting friends and family at home rather than at a restaurant. Why?
Will you make a difference in someone's life this Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will you take the time to make someone's day?
Toward the end of the campaign, in a series of targeted, lightly publicized meetings, Cuomo's top legislative priority emerged. It is rewarding campaign donors and block voting by religious communities with a back-door school vouchers plan for private and religious schools.
In these days of darkness may the descendants of Yishmael and the descendants of Yitzchak remember that there is a deep source that connects us all. May that memory enable us to raise up our common holy places and holy land together.
There is very small window of opportunity left to stop the Israeli nationalist momentum and create the conditions for a regional negotiation that has some chance of success. It will take a major effort to alert the Israeli public that unless they act quickly the two-state solution will be off the table, even though most of them say they want it.
From the opening of Anita Diamant's heartwarming novel, The Boston Girl, when Addie Bauman, an 85-year-old grandmother recounts her life story to her granddaughter, I was struck by the similarities between the Jewish cultural beliefs and mores in Boston in 1915, when Addie's story starts, and in Iran, where I grew up in the 1960s and '70s.
Jews are known as the People of the Book. This designation speaks to Judaism's focus on the intellect, its emphasis on theological argumentation and dedicated study. However, it is clear from the Torah that Jews also come from a long line of people rooted in the earth.
For a brief moment of sacred opportunity, the American people has a chance to learn the truth about our government's deliberate use of torture as an act of policy. Senator Mark Udall holds that moment in his hands.
Anti-semitism is again showing its violent face. In France, Jewish community leaders and concerned politicians had to work hard to get the reality of anti-semitic violence recognized. But today, the warning signals are on everywhere in Europe. To simply admit the problem is not enough anymore.
The three make a trip of atypical opera themes, but no new opera brought the Met as much controversy as Klinghoffer.
Essential Voices USA conductor Judith Clurman started work on her CD, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, several years ago, but the project really began when she was a little girl in synagogue.
I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.