Lunchtime at the Chelsea Jewish Home for the Aging in a Boston suburb looks nothing like the daily drudgery that has become the default existence for the old and ailing in America. Here, on a recent afternoon, the 10 residents of a ?household? sit at a long table, laughing and gossiping with each other. Light floods in from floor-to-ceiling windows. A giant brisket rests on a platter and everyone at the table has a bowl ? a real ceramic bowl ? filled with chicken soup. The nurses? aides, known to everyone affectionately as ?the kids,? are standing nearby, in an open kitchen, having just made the soup and baked the brisket themselves.4
As predictions of a Republican tidal wave in the coming congressional elections became more certain, some Israelis were experiencing goose bumps of anticipation.
The Middle East conflict has inflamed college campuses, bedeviled political campaigns and sparked street demonstrations. But cosmetics stores are the latest, and perhaps least likely, sites so far to bear witness to the sprawling nature of this ever deepening dispute.20
When American Jewish community leaders travel to New Orleans for their yearly summit in early November, they should be sure to bring some clothes they don?t mind getting dirty.
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