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Write On For Israel program prepares teens to stand up for Israel on campus: Local student recognized for pro-Israel advocacy

June 27, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Over the past year, as anti-Israel events on campus surged in what one professor characterized as an anti-Israel “drumbeat,” pro-Israel students at Rutgers University refused to sit quietly and be drowned out.

Among those...

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Ramapo College to offer new minor in human rights and genocide studies: Program to promote student internships with New York City-based organizations

June 11, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Starting this fall, Ramapo College of New Jersey will offer its students a minor in human rights and genocide studies. It will be the first program of its kind in New Jersey’s state college system, according to Michael A. Riff, director of the...

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N.J. lawmakers laud decision to boycott ‘Durban III’

June 11, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

The Obama administration announced last week that the United States would not participate in the Durban III World Conference Against Racism, scheduled to take place in New York City in September, during the U.N. General Assembly...

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Joan Rivers talks to the Standard about life and work and how to meet men

June 3, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Ahead of her June 12 performance to benefit Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey, the local chapter of a charity founded in memory of the comedian Gilda Radner to help those struggling with cancer, cancer survivors, and their families,...

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Won ‘Jeopardy!’ (What did the rabbi do on Monday?)

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. That might help explain Rabbi Joyce Newmark’s big news — she is a “Jeopardy!” champion.

In the episode of the television game show that aired on Monday, Newmark had no...

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Local educators weigh in on teaching evolution, creationism: Governor’s remarks ignite speculation

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

At a May 4 town hall meeting in Manalapan, Gov. Chris Christie fielded a question about his views on creationism being taught in schools alongside Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

According to news accounts, Christie told the...

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Rabbi remembers beatified pope

May 8, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Rabbi Jack Bemporad of Englewood recalls that in 2005, when Pope John Paul II was ailing, he and a group of other clergy surrounded the frail pope.

“We said, ‘Would you mind if we say a prayer?’ and [the pope] said, ‘That would be...

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Jewish Labor Committee partners with Working Families United: JLC wants to be ‘shidduch between Jewish community and the local labor movement’

April 29, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Historically, the Jewish community has been a partner with organized labor, but the connection has weakened in recent years. Martin Schwartz, executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee, wants to reinvigorate it. To that end, the...

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Congressman comes to Yavneh Academy: Rothman cautions students not to ‘walk through life with blinders on

April 16, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Before a sanctuary filled with seventh-graders at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) placed his hands on either side of his face and pretended to be a horse.

“Most people walk through life with blinders on,”...

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The Fifth Son Project: Frisch schoolgirls seek help through song for Gilad Shalit

April 16, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

In the rush of day-today life, it is easy to forget Sgt. Gilad Shalit, reflects Michaela Elias, 16, of Teaneck.

“It’s very easy to dismiss his situation because it doesn’t have relevance in [one’s] daily life,” said Michaela. “To...

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