Voices

President Obama’s Circle of Friends

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When President Obama came into office in 2009, he had big plans: close Gitmo, strengthen the economy, cut unemployment, make friends with the Muslim...

[email protected]: A new model for Israel Engagement in our Community

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  If you were one of the 10,000 people who came to celebrate [email protected] at Union Market this year, you probably noticed that the event...

Jewish values dictate protecting gay marriage

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  NEW YORK — In the early 1970s, while I was CEO of the Seagram Company, public dialogue about gay rights was largely nonexistent in...

Lessons learned on the playground

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  In May, our congregational community (with a lot of help from friends) built a new playground. In the middle of winter we asked our...

God bless America and Israel

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  I have long considered sharing some thoughts on these pages and felt that America's 237th birthday would be the perfect time to do so....

U.N. nominee bad for Israel and America

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Recently, President Barack Obama nominated Samantha Power for the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a Cabinet-rank post requiring Senate confirmation. Why...

What were Sen. Rand Paul’s ‘surprises’?

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During Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) 2010 run for the Senate, Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks said, “Rand Paul is outside the comfort...

Sharansky plan for Wall — worthy of support

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Many of us recall the classic story about Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s visit to Israel when Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir took him...

Holocaust struggling to resume

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The leaders of the Allies knew full well what was happening in the death camps. They could have acted, but they didn’t. We, the...

My father’s tallit

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by Rabbi Steven C. Wernick For working parents of school-age children, the logistical relay race that constitutes our daily lives often makes us feel like...