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‘Sign here!’: Petition effort launched against likely unilateral Palestinian statehood bid

August 31, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Sign here. That is what Jewish organizations across the country are asking people to do in e-mails and up-close-and-personal appeals in advance of next month’s opening of the United Nations General Assembly. In this area,...

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Economy taxes agency resources: ‘Second wave’ of needy feared as nation’s financial picture worsens

August 25, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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In the wake of the economic downturn three years ago, many people in our area turned to local Jewish social service agencies for help, according to those agencies’ directors. Last week, as stock markets seesawed wildly, those same...

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Iraqi human rights champion to Obama: stop Iran before it’s too late

August 17, 2011

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Mithal al-Alusi, human rights leader and former Iraqi Parliamentarian, contacted me last weekend to convey his thoughts about the dire situation for proponents of human rights and liberal values in Iraq. He also urged President...

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Triathlon Tribute: Bergenfield resident races to honor slain compatriots

August 7, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Yitzhak Zahavy is competing this Sunday in a grueling sports event because he can. He can, he says, because three of his comrades gave their lives to save his. He is competing to honor them.

Zahavy, who was born in Rhode Island, moved to...

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Signs of awakening in the Arab world?

August 7, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

More than 100 reportedly unarmed civilians in the Syrian city of Hama have died at the hands of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces since the start of Ramadan on Sunday in a crackdown some in the media have labeled the “Ramadan...

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Club icon, man for all seasons, dies

August 6, 2011

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The world sparkles a bit less brightly this week with the passing of a true individual. Last Thursday August 4, Walter Monheit, bon vivant and man for all seasons, died. He was 85. Michael Musto of the Village Voice eulogized him this week...

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Hebrew charter school leaves teachers, parents in the lurch

July 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Teachers and parents are scrambling to make alternate arrangements in the wake of the announcement July 15 by the New Jersey Department of Education that Shalom Academy, a Hebrew-language charter school, will not open in September....

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Shock, sadness, and anger

July 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

In the wake of the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Borough Park last week, the Jewish community is reeling with shock, sadness, and anger. While we would not presume to fathom the depths of grief and horror experienced by the...

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A thing of beauty

July 22, 2011

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I’m off to Israel for a week as part of  JNFuture’s first Jewish Leadership Institute mission. While I can’t wait to meet with members of the Knesset, enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv, and pray at the wall Friday night...

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Battle of Digital Billboards Moves to Midsized Cities of Pittsburgh and Tacoma

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Riding by car or bus last Fourth of July weekend, you may have enjoyed the green hills and valleys, the rust-colored canyons or wheat-covered plains rolling past your window.

If you’ve admired the natural beauty along our...

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