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Why I Didn't Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut

I didn’t celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut yesterday. I don’t think I can celebrate this holiday any more. That doesn’t mean I’m not acknowledging the anniversary of Israel’s independence – only that I can no longer view this milestone as a day…

Independent minyanim in the Washington Post

Today’s Washington Post has a story on independent minyanim, with a focus on communities in DC. There’s no breaking news for those who are familiar with this scene; like the New York Times piece in November 2007, it primarily introduces…

Two Awesome Jobs

Two different, wonderful organizations are looking for people, Jews United for Justice are looking for a program director, and Rabbis for Human Rights- North America is looking for an Executive Director. Wish I was currently on the market. Scroll down…

Yom Haatzmaut Sameach

The New Israel Fund wishes you a happy Yom Haatzmaut via Eliezer Yaari, Israeli director, and celebrates also their 30th anniversary of the Diaspora-Israel partnership that has put $200 million into more than 800 grassroots nonprofits improving civil and human…

Jewish Republican Senators: Extinct!

With Arlen Specter (RD-PA)’s switch to the Democratic Party, there are now no Jewish Republicans left in the United States Senate! (The other Jewish Republican senator, Norm Coleman (R-MN), lost his seat in the 2008 election, and so far has…

Swine flu not kosher in Israel

Ridiculous. JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Swine flu? Not in the Jewish state. “We will call it Mexico flu. We won’t call it swine flu,” Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, a black-garbed Orthodox Jew, told a news conference Monday, assuring the Israeli…

Got Something to Say About It?

The following is from AJWS: AJWS is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Dvar Tzedek Lisa Goldberg Memorial Writers’ Fellowship for 5770 / 2009-2010. AJWS Dvar Tzedek Fellows receive a modest stipend and write weekly Torah…