Jewish Identity Category

In the 2004 election, the Democratic candidate John Kerry received 74 percent of the Jewish vote while Bush received merely 25 percent. Last May — according to a recent article — a Gallup poll reported that this party divide had narrowed, with 61 percent of Jews claiming support for Obama and 32 percent for McCain. […]

A week ago, Wednesday, March 26th, was the first anniversary of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s decision to admit openly gay and lesbian rabbinical and cantorial students, following on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards’ December 2006 vote. In celebration, the students of JTS’s Committee on Inclusion a fantastic program called “Hazak Hazak V’Nithazek: Celebrating […]

(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

Super Tuesday–have you gotten your fix yet? Well have no fear if you haven’t, I’m sure tomorrow will be filled with delightful commentary. We know this is a big day for Jews, since almost two-thirds of Jews in the U.S. will be voting tomorrow. Reading through the Jewish papers Presidential Primary commentary on the Democratic […]

Guest blog post from Erez Lieberman (Flatbush H.S. ’97), Open Flatbush Reunions creator and Nachshon Rothstein (Flatbush H.S. ’98) The petition: The Yeshivah of Flatbush High School Class of 1997 reunion was held on December 22nd, 2007. Although the vast majority of students were invited to bring guests to the reunion, some students — […]

Putting aside fears of anti-Semitism to reclaim an old label First published on It was a pretty normal Wednesday evening in early December. I had picked up copy of The Stranger right by Fuel on 19th — a coffee shop conveniently located near my overpriced two-room Capitol Hill apartment. After lighting candles with friends […]

Check it out: a “Work-in-Progress Documentary” called Outside the Box by Lacey A. Schwartz, exploring her mixed-race identity–being Black and Jewish in the U.S. (Presented by Gold Glass Productions)

I read the passage from the Bible without a mistake, my voice firm, the fringe of the talit falling over my haunches and hindquarters, one front hoof pawing the ground — as it always did when I was nervous. “Now,” said my father when I had finished, “you are truly a Jew.” — from The […]

Almost a year ago, I wrote my first real post for JVoices, which generated more response than anything else I’ve written. The original story is here, if you haven’t read it. One of the basic tenets of Judaism, as far as I’m concerned, is that no matter what you do, someone will always tell you […]

whenever i start to get bored with the idea of staying vocal as one of the surprisingly few non-closeted secularists in most of the electronic jewish spaces i frequent, something like this comes up. ruth messinger, former manhattan borough president, american jewish world service president, and makher-in-chief of the current (and problematic as well as […]

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