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Posts Tagged ‘reform’

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Letters – October 4, 2018

Girls Have the Right to Say No My family and I read with great sadness the story of Ethan Bean’s too-short life (Sept. 13, page 10). We are immeasurably thankful to his family for sharing his story and his struggle with the community, and I am certain that their bravery will help others and save…

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Rabbi Simone Schicker signing her contract with Joan Hawxhurst, immediate past president of Temple B’nai Israel

Kalamazoo’s Temple B’nai Israel Welcomes New Rabbi

Continuing growth in membership at Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation has allowed it to hire its second consecutive full-time rabbi, following a period of part-time leadership from 1969-2014. On July 1, Rabbi Simone Schicker began her tenure as the religious leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation. She takes over the position from Rabbi…

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Guest Column: Rosh Hashanah Greetings

The High Holidays are my favorite time of year because they are a time of coming together as a community. In fact, many Jewish laws and traditions focus upon not being alone and upon coming together. In prayer, birth, marriage, even after death as our body awaits burial, Jewish life compels us to be in the…

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Rachel Levy in Washington, D.C. for a Machon Kaplan internship

Jewish@edu – From Clueless To Clued In

Rachel Levy } jewish@edu writer Summer Internships! As passengers abandoned airplane mode, buzzes from CNN or New York Times lit up their phones, updating them of what had or hadn’t transpired domestically and abroad in the nearly five-hour flight between Arizona and Washington, D.C. I opened my phone to two Snapchats, a text from my…

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Steven M. Cohen

Misconduct Alleged

JTA and JN Staff Sociologist faces sexual harassment accusations. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the leading Reform seminary, has opened a Title IX investigation against well-known Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen, Ph.D., after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. The allegations, published July 19 in an extensive investigative article by the New York…

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New Home – Temple Beth Sholom

Photos by Shannon Ruiz Opening the doors at Marquette’s first-ever Jewish synagogue. Marquette may be known for its iron ore port and breweries, as the home of Northern Michigan University or even the 2012 CBS MoneyWatch listing as one the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. But recently, the largest city in Michigan’s…

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Editorial: Zero-Tolerance Policy Is Inhumane

On June 20, President Donald Trump reversed his administration’s policy of separating families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border after insisting he had “no choice” but to separate children from their parents. This came after wide condemnation from weeks of heart-wrenching images — children crying hysterically at being taken from their parents’ arms, horrified parents…

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Laying Out The Welcome Mat

Shaarey Zedek reaches out to LGBTQ+ community. Congregation Shaarey Zedek is making a concerted effort to reach out to marginalized communities, starting with those who identify as “LGBTQ+”: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and any sexual or gender minority that doesn’t yet have an initial. Rabbi Aaron Starr announced the initiative in his May 26…

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ELI Talks In Detroit!

Two local lecturers to be featured. ELI Talks are coming to Detroit! The program, which produces videotaped lectures on diverse Jewish topics and makes them available to a broad audience online, will be at Repair the World in Detroit’s Mexicantown district June 18, 19 and 20. Two Detroiters, Abi Taylor-Abt and Rabbi Dan Horwitz, are…

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All-Night Studying

Tikkun Leil Shavuot has evolved over the last decades as a holiday ritual. Since Jews stopped bringing sacrifices, the festival of Shavuot has looked like a generic Yom Tov, without distinctive rituals. Shavuot had an unusual sacrifice (Leviticus 23:17-20), but now another ritual has emerged. The prayer book identifies Shavuot as “the season of the…

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