If 2010 is a year of economic transition, Jennifer George is riding the wave.
George, 31, began this school year filling in for a kindergarten teacher on maternity leave at Adelson Educational Campus, a Las Vegas Jewish community school. But since November 1, she’s been working in the school’s development office. “It’s weird not being around the children all the time,” George said. “But it’s a good break, looking at the school from the top.”
For David Goldstein, who grew up in an Orthodox household but has largely abandoned religion, it is still a thrill to hear his children speak Yiddish. Having them learn the language at the school run by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring is Goldstein’s way of passing on the things he thinks are most fundamental about Jewish identity: the culture, the rich history and tradition. They are the elements that, he feels, have the best chance of surviving into the future.
America’s largest pro-Israel group is no longer a Jewish one. Or at least that’s what one might gather from Christians United for Israel’s recent announcement that it now has more than 500,000 members. In its November 30 press release touting the milestone, CUFI boasted that this makes it “by far the largest pro-Israel organization in America, as well as one of the leading Christian grassroots organizations in the world.”
When New Yorker Nissan Cohen moved to Israel 15 years ago, he took along his treasured collection of 200 music boxes that became the core of a popular new museum he opened. On December 6 he sat woebegone in his soot-filled museum, his entire collection ruined by the forest fire of the preceding four days.8
As the huge fire in northern Israel continues to burn for the fourth day, American supporters are formulating ways to help with the worst natural crisis in the nation’s history.
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