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How Donors Can Advance Racial Justice

In response to recent tragedies, many donors – whether in private or public foundations, donor-advised funds, or less structured philanthropy – have, internally and externally, offered important statements of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice and equity, with a commitment to anti-racism efforts. Now is the time to go beyond statements.

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Children of Holocaust Survivors Reflect on Their Traumatic Legacy in a New Collection of Essays

Kathryn Bernheimer shares her thoughts about growing up the child of survivors

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What Serendipity (and Black and Jewish Culture) May Teach Us About Slavery as a Mindset

Polarity, separateness and division is not our innate default. We must drop that mantra and return to believing we can heal that which only appears to separate us.

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Solidarity Against Racism

George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery - all human beings created in the Divine image with rights to dignity and safety like all of us - have been murdered in the last few months by law enforcement that is supposed to keep us all safe. How can it be?

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Korda: Reports from Denver Protests

With visceral rage and utter disgust, we took to the streets to PEACEFULLY demand justice for Mr. Floyd and to bring attention to the routine use of deadly force by cops against unarmed, defenseless Black and Latino men, especially young ones.

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Letter: Stop Annexation, In The Name Of Love

The newly formed Israeli coalition government promises to focus on only COVID 19-related matters, with one glaring exception: by July 1, the government can proceed with the process of annexing portions of the West Bank.

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Smile… Nobody’s Watching

I have been struck by the fact that each time I pass someone on the street, my face covered in a mask, their face covered too, I say hello and smile. Because the masks can muffle sound, often times people don’t hear me say hello, and my smile is hidden, of course, behind the fabric of the mask. As a result, often these days people don’t acknowledge me as we pass each other— at least six feet apart — on the street.

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An Appeal for Help This Passover

Why is this year different from all others? This year we are all facing a global plague that has forced us into a desert of social isolation, void of human contact, and for some, basic needs.

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What Is The ‘Nu’ Normal?

New Moon

We just finished reading the book of Exodus, and also the last of the special Torah readings before Passover. This reading, ‘the chapter of the NEW moon,’ begins with the mandate to declare the upcoming month of Nisan, as the first month in the Jewish calendar.

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Letter to the Editor

A recent Jewish Telegraphic Agency news item that appeared on 2/20 (linked in our JTA feed, Ed.) reported that the Israeli government intends to build thousands of homes for Jews “in predominantly Palestinian eastern Jerusalem.” In fact, the neighborhoods in question are not predominantly Arab and aren't in eastern Jerusalem.

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