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‘Shalom’ and ‘Salaam’: Day Schools Embrace Arabic

By Rebecca Dube

Outside their classroom window a beautiful spring afternoon is blooming, but a few students at Ramaz, a Modern Orthodox academy in Manhattan, have stayed after school for a foreign-language club.Read More


Orthodox Union Proposes New Measures To Increase Revenues and Reduce Costs Tuition

By Karmel Melamed

With operation costs climbing for schools, and tuition increases bearing down on parents amid the current crushing economic downturn, the Orthodox Union’s Rabbi Saul Zucker recently laid out a revolutionary package of school cost-saving measures to a worried gathering of Jewish education officials in Los Angeles.Read More


Which Side Are We On? Jews Lead Fight For and Against Key Labor Bill

By Nathaniel Popper

Since retiring from his position as CEO of Home Depot, Bernard Marcus has become one of this country’s most vocal opponents of organized labor, criticizing unions in the media and on Capitol Hill. That is a long way from Marcus’s beginnings in a Newark, N.J., tenement some 80 years ago.Read More


Budget Cuts Spoil Kosher Meals for Elderly

By Rebecca Dube

Home-bound seniors on Manhattan’s West Side are complaining that the quality of kosher meals being delivered to them took a sudden turn for the worse this spring when new city contracting policies took effect — a situation some elderly Jews found so unpalatable that they actually decided to switch to receiving non-kosher meals.Read More


What Else Would You Ask a Secretary of State?

By Jeremy Gillick

Misha Lerner speaks softly but carries a big stick. At 10 years old, the sandy-haired, fair-skinned boy, his broken arm in a cast, seemed cherubic and unthreatening sitting among some 40 students who were listening to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice at Washington’s Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on May 3.Read More


One Man’s Harrowing Path from Abuse to Survival

By Rebecca Dube

One Friday night last November, after saying Kiddush and putting his children to bed, Pinny clicked the send button on his e-mail and turned to the work of killing himself.Read More


In Jewish Education, Deep Cuts Shape New Landscapes

By Anthony Weiss

As the current economic downturn becomes the longest since the Great Depression, a series of painful cuts at America’s flagship institutions of Judaic scholarship have produced a new and uncomfortable reality: Jewish higher education is shrinking.Read More


Holocaust Survivor’s Past Drove Her To Help Detainees

By Rebecca Dube

Jean Blum, a 73-year-old retired teacher living in Paterson, N.J., corresponded with and took desperate collect phone calls from illegal immigrants who were being detained at her local jail to await deportation. Blum responded to their pleas by nagging local officials to improve the prisoners’ living conditions. When she heard about the death of Ahmad Tanveer, a 43-year-old Pakistani New Yorker, she collected accounts from witnesses and sent her evidence to the government.Read More


Reform Seminary Among Schools Facing Crippling Cuts

By Anthony Weiss

The Reform movement’s seminary is looking into closing two of its three U.S. campuses as part of an effort to close looming budget gaps caused by the recent economic downturn.Read More


Harding Indictment a Symbol of Liberal Party's Downfall

By Anthony Weiss

If there is an enduring present-day image of New York’s Liberal Party, it is likely that of former party chief Raymond Harding — an enormous, white-haired man in a black raincoat and handcuffs — being led into state court in April for an indictment on charges of influence peddling. It could have almost been an old caricature of the corrupt Tammany Hall bosses that the Liberal Party was founded to help unseat.Read More





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