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From Model T to a Model for T PDF Print E-mail
By David Meyers   
Friday, 22 November 2013 16:10

JERUSALEM, Israel – During a panel at this year’s JFNA’s General Assembly (GA), the moderator asked, “If you would compare the Jewish Federation to a car or animal what would it be?” Without a second thought, the legendary Ford car from the 1920s, the Model T, popped into my head. At 18 years old and a current participant on a BBYO gap year program studying at Tel Aviv University, it felt as though my singular presence in this room of more than 1000 individuals made the average age plummet to an amazingly low 55. But this feeling of being out of place, out of the loop, is unfortunately a familiar one for me and many of my peers.

A Jewish Atheist PDF Print E-mail
By Lee Kossin   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:52

Some years ago, my middle daughter occasionally did cat sitting for a rabbi. One day, he called for her and we ended up in a conversation that led him to ask where we were affiliated. I told him that we went to the JCC and belonged to the “Jewish pool club.” When he asked again, I told him that we didn’t attend a synagogue because I come from a long line of atheists and my husband is an atheist by choice. After a contemplative silence he said, “But your daughter is such a good person.”

More vulnerable than we thought … more determined, too PDF Print E-mail
By Rabbi Amy Levin   
Friday, 25 October 2013 14:08

This month, two different research studies have been released that shed light on the realities of American Jewish life … and Rhode Island Jewish life.

The Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a very highly respected independent body that conducts research on a range of public issues. On October 1, the Center published a major study of American Jews. In the course of close to 150 pages, the “Portrait of Jewish Americans” presents statistics and analysis of Jewish American population estimates, intermarriage and other demographics, religious beliefs and practices, trends in American Jewish identity and more.

Provisional freedom in early Rhode Island PDF Print E-mail
By Keith W. Stokes   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:06

NEWPORT – Having read several recent articles about the reading of the George Washington Letter in The Jewish Voice and the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter, I am concerned that many people are confusing religious freedom with toleration. The intent of the Yeshuat Israel Congregation in Newport in 1790 was to seek clarification of this issue from President George Washington.

Israel is facing serious and timely challenges PDF Print E-mail
By David M. Hirsch   
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:45

As a preface to this op-ed, I wish to make it clear that the opinions expressed are entirely my own and do not reflect those of any organizations with which I may be affiliated.

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