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Debating Israel/Palestine on Chicago Tonight

Last night I appeared on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” with my friend and colleague Rabbi Andrea London to discuss the issue of Israel/Palestine in the wake of Netanyahu’s re-election. 101 more words

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7 Children Killed in House Fire Brought to Israel for Burial

(NEW YORK) — The bodies of seven siblings who died in a house fire are headed to Israel for burial, a day after their sobbing father told mourners in his ultra-Orthodox Jewish community how much joy they had brought him. 683 more words

Emily Shire: Berkeley’s Swastika Problem ... and the Breeding of Antisemitism in America’s Liberal Colleges

Daily Beast: From neo-Nazi graffiti at Berkeley to the grilling of a Jewish student at UCLA, anti-Semitism is on the rise at liberal schools thought to be bastions of political correctness. 125 more words

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Toronto hate crime numbers up in 2014: report

TORONTO – A Toronto police report being presented at Thursday’s Police Services Board meeting indicates hate and bias crimes have gone up in 2014, both in reported incidents and arrests. 141 more words

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Building a Jewish Community of Justice: My Remarks from the 2015 JVP National Members Meeting

I’d like to begin my remarks this morning with a verse from the Torah – it’s one of the central lessons at the heart of the Exodus story. 3,539 more words

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Chicago’s Jewish Community Keeping Close Eye On Israeli Election

(CBS) -- Officially, it’s too close to call, but unofficially, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming victory in Tuesday’s Israeli election.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker has more. 291 more words

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JVP Statement: UCLA Resolution on Anti-Semitism Creates Dangerous Precedent

Please read this important statement just released by Jewish Voice for Peace. I strongly second its conclusion that “addressing anti-Semitism must go hand in hand with addressing all forms of racism.” 566 more words

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