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Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community

Jerry Silverman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...

Making Inclusion a Reality

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

People with disabilities live in our neighborhoods, go to school with our children, shop at our stores, but too often, we don't know them.

The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform

William Daroff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
William Daroff

Even in our fragile economy, Americans still want to give back to those who need help the most. However, charitable giving will suffer should the deduction be limited.

Community: A Gift for the Jewish Future

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

Inclusion means ensuring everyone can access Jewish institutions and activities, and understanding that each one of us has a role to play so that all people are welcome and can participate meaningfully.

Fostering Inclusion and Independence

William Daroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

We do all of this because we believe in the importance of an inclusive Jewish community, and that it is our responsibility to ensure people with disabilities are included when making important decisions about everyday Jewish life and our Jewish future.

Ensuring the Rights of Persons With Disabilities -- At Home and Abroad

William Daroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Daroff

The Senate must ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as soon as it can be considered. This treaty is good for American citizens, for American business, for American values and leadership, and for millions across the globe. It is, simply put, the right thing to do.

4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

Jerry Silverman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.

Including Everyone Together

William Daroff | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
William Daroff

Inclusion is about more than just providing an opportunity to work. Inclusion is about every facet of Jewish life.

The Golden Opportunity of the Silver Tsunami

William Daroff | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
William Daroff

As we face what's become known as the silver tsunami, the aging of the 77 million American baby boomers, soaring long-term care costs will leverage the future for our children and grandchildren by putting their own American dream at risk.

Preventing Artists from Performing in Israel Prevents Peace

Geri Palast | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Geri Palast

What kind of peace can be born from inflaming hostilities? In process and in outcome, BDS is no way to pursue a peaceful resolution.

The ABLE Act: Promoting Inclusion and Independence

William Daroff | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
William Daroff

The financial strain on individuals with disabilities and their families today is not just a matter of dollars and cents; it's a matter of planning for tomorrow and the long-term future to ensure their independence and inclusion in their community.

A Possible Commuter Threat From Anti-Muslim Subway Ads

Mike Ghouse | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

If a nut case sees the innuendo loaded Jihadi ad in the subway, and sees a woman next to it, be it a Muslim, Sikh, Catholic, Hindu or other, he is tempted to hurt that woman, the woman can scream that she is not a Muslim. Do the nuts know any difference? What if she is a Muslim?

Shining A Light In Odessa

Susan K. Stern | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Susan K. Stern

The Holocaust brought unimaginable death and destruction to a city of 180,000 Jews; by the time Odessa was liberated from the Nazis in 1944, only 600 remained. Since then, the city has slowly been rediscovering its Jewish roots.

Now Is Not the Time to Discourage Charitable Giving

William Daroff | Posted 04.24.2012 | Impact
William Daroff

Although the White House has indicated that its tax reform proposals would not put charities at a disadvantage, the administration's FY2013 budget disincentivizes large charitable gifts.

Protecting Charities With Tax Breaks

William Daroff | Posted 04.13.2012 | Impact
William Daroff

The apparent turnaround late last month by the Obama Administration recognizing the importance of tax incentives to bolster charitable giving is good ...

The Jewish Chaplains Memorial

Jerry Silverman | Posted 07.29.2011 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

After the many hurdles we have cleared together, there is only one more to go before visitors to Arlington will be able to pay their respects to our fallen Jewish chaplains alongside chaplains of other faiths.

When Disaster Strikes: Federations Send Aid and Mourn the Tragedies in Israel and Japan

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerry Silverman

While Israel itself is a global Jewish mosaic with many internal differences, the country mourns collectively when tragedy strikes and the Fogel family murders have shaken the country to its very core.

Congress and Caring for Holocaust Survivors

William Daroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Daroff

As we light the candles of Chanukah, all Americans should be heartened by a vote taken in the House of Representatives that shines a light on the needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in our nation.

Israel Shelves Controversial Jewish Conversion Law

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — An Israeli government decision to shelve a controversial bill on Jewish conversions drew praise Friday from liberal Jewish groups in...