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Effective Jewish Advocacy Begins With Jewish Education

24 Tevet 5777 – January 22, 2017
We cannot take the next generation’s connection to Judaism or the Jewish people for granted. We must redouble our efforts to advocate for a strong Israel and a strong American Jewish community.

36 Advocacy Groups Demand Action at UC Irvine after Anti-Semitic Protest

18 Iyyar 5776 – May 25, 2016
They call on UCI chancellor to implement recently passed regents statement on anti-Semitism.

Two Jewish Social Action Groups Join White House Faith-Based Forum

23 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
Leaders of two Jewish social action groups addressed a White House forum on faith-based social innovations. Shawn Landres, the founder of Jewish Jumpstart, and Jon...

Stigma: A Barrier To Rewarding Relationships

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
Frailty and differences in other people often scare us. Why? They scare us because we see a reflection of what we fear in ourselves or because we just don’t know how to respond. Since we can’t live with this discomfort for too long, we make assumptions about and apply labels to those we fear.

No Politician Cares About Funding Private Schools

26 Tevet 5772 – January 20, 2012
There are two types of politicians we encounter when advocating to relieve our community’s tuition burden through the use of government funding: those who claim to be 100 percent behind us, and those who claim to be 100 percent against us. What’s interesting is that politicians in both categories do not seem to understand what “100 percent” means.

School Excitement Vs. Parental Excitement

1 Tevet 5772 – December 26, 2011
It can’t be emphasized enough how important grassroots involvement is to political action. Serious unified support can impact the tuition crisis by making our community and its school choice allies an impenetrable voting bloc that must be listened to and that demands consistent results. How we get to “unified” is a challenge.

Israel’s Derfner Affair

15 Elul 5771 – September 14, 2011
One of the most bizarre controversies concerning freedom of the press and freedom of speech has been afflicting Israel in recent days. The basic question is whether there exists some sort of natural right to advocate the mass murder of Jews.

Rabbis, Time To Flash Your Badges

25 Av 5770 – August 4, 2010
"Officer, what's your badge number?" I've been asked that question countless times over the last 26 years. Almost always, it followed an unpopular decision. Always, it was accompanied by an unspoken message: "I'm letting you know I will hold you accountable for this decision." And always, I answer that question in a direct, simple way: I give my badge number.

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