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Mumbia, the City Will Change…But What’s the Cost

In: JVoices

Mumbai, India is a city of 18 million people and many visitors. A place where the Jews have lived for over 2000 years without feeling any kind of threat, where we have lived and flourished. We have grown with the city and the city has grown with us. Jews here will never forget the time […]

(Photo of S. Isaac Dowds) I chose the name “Isaac” as my legal name because it means “laughter,” and because I relate to Isaac’s story. It is what I do in times of adversity, a trait I inherited from my father. No matter how dire the circumstances, when the going gets tough, I laugh. A […]

What’s Glatt Kosher Today?

In: 2008 elections, JVoices

Stories have abounded, but our blogging has been slow as of late during the holidays, so here’s a list of must reads if you haven’t already seem these stories on your Sunday: Richard Silverstein offers extensive, updated coverage on the Obsession DVD scandal, and Third Jihad, including the updates revealing the secret producer of the […]

Days of Awe(some)

In: JVoices

x-posted from Torah Queeries: If ever there were a Jewish holiday custom-made to the specifications of a gender variant Jew, the Days of Awe would have to be it/them. The Days of Awe are the ten days bordered by Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. They are not a discrete event, rather, they are ten days […]

Shanah Tovah U’metukah

In: JVoices

A sweet, sweet, and justice filled new year for all!

H. Res 1369 was passed yesterday (9/23/08) by unanimous consent in the House. It’s a fine if meaningless bill that recognizes the work of Israeli and Palestinian peacemaking organizations. On Monday, I launched a sitelet http://www.helpthepeacemakers.org to encourage its passage and maybe build some public support for our friends in the Middle East. As I […]

Still blogging the New Israel Forum…. This title of this post was the title of a session I attended, with a wonderful panel of experts: Shifra Bronzwick, of Advancing Women Professionals in the Jewish Community Rachel Liel of Shatil (NIF’s nonprofit capacity building center in Israel) Fathi Marshood, who works for Shatil in the north […]

Turning Ourselves Over with Selichot

In: JVoices

Selichot might very well be the service I love the most during the High Holidays. Maybe it’s because I learned about Selichot as an adult. While raised in an observant household, it was truly when I returned to Jewish religious practice as an adult that I found deeper meaning in the practice and intent of […]

Sundays with Beyond the Pale

In: JVoices, Media

When I lived in New York, I had the joy of being part of the Beyond the Pale crew, joining Esther Kaplan and Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark as a contributing host from time to time. Beyond the Pale has an interesting history. The show began when the station, WBAI, recognized that they needed to do more […]