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By emily · Posted February 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Four months ago, I had the privilege of covering an incredible presentation and open discussion at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood by an organization called the Parents Circle.
After the article ran in JTNews, I received some positive and negative feedback from the Jewish community, as such issues always elicit some sort of response. I expected it. I was not surprised.
But what bothered me, what really got to me was something I hadn’t really experienced since I was a 20-year-old Israeli-American political science student on San Francisco State University’s campus in 2002 during the second intifada.
At that time, campus rallies were held almost daily by handfuls of white, middle-upper class 19-24 year olds screaming about apartheid and equating the State of Israel to Nazi Germany, big, bold swastikas scrawled callously on poster board, held by a young man who probably had never read “Night”…
By emily · Posted February 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm
Photo: Creative Commons/jazzijava
This week, Tablet Magazine’s weekly podcast, Vox Tablet, focused on the topic of Jewish day schools and the gender roles that they instill in young Jews both in the US and abroad.
In the podcast, host Sara Ivry interviewed author Elana Sztokman about her newly published book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools which Sztokman co-wrote with Chaya Gorsetman. Sztokman holds a doctorate in education and sociology, and she’s written extensively on gender issues and Jewish life and the book recently won a National Jewish Council Book Award.…
By Joel Magalnick · Posted October 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm
When the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens visited last week to speak for the Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee, we sat down and chatted about a wide range of stuff. You can see his take on the Middle East here, but he had some specific words about Israel:
This is Seattle and probably a lot of your readers think I’m some kind of a right-wing lunatic. The case that I make when I speak is the powerful case to be made on Israel’s behalf is not the Jewish case, which is essentially a narrow case. It’s not the Christian case, and it’s not even the conservative case, though it’s worth pointing out that American soldiers have died for Iraqis, Kuwaitis, Saudis, Afghans, Somalis, Bosnians — but not a single American soldier has ever died defending Israel, the only ally we have that actually defends itself. But the powerful case is the liberal case, which is to say that there is one state in the Middle East you would want to live in if you’re gay. The one state you’d want to live in if you’re a woman with any kind of career…
By emily · Posted September 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm
I know, it’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a pretty exciting week.
My favorite story thus far comes from a delayed aircraft in Tel Aviv, where several Hasidim en route to Rebbe Nachman’s grave in Uman, Ukraine, were arrested for unruly behavior. The delay was caused by something pretty serious — two Palestinian men running through a security barrier in a stolen truck. When that kind of stuff happens in Israel and it delays your plane, you shut up and wait. But in this case, the men got a bad case of cabin fever, rioted, and since there were no garbage cans to set fire to they damaged the emergency oxygen systems.
The pilgrimage brings as many as 25,000 Breslov Hasidim to Uman at the Jewish New Year. In other shenanigans, around 50 men traveling to Uman were arrested yesterday morning on their way out of Israel for forged passports, fleeing the country, or because they were wanted…
By emily · Posted August 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm
Marc Maron. Credit: Larry Hirshowitz
A detailed study of the acts at this year’s Bumbershoot show that with the exception, perhaps, of a backup singer or two, the musical acts are woefully bereft of Jews. Where in the past we had Monotonix (the Israeli punk band whose act was cut off mid-set when the singer began crowd surfing), Tony Bennett (oh, wait, everybody only thinks he’s Jewish), Wayne Horvitz, Bob Dylan (is he still Jewish?), and Balkan Beat Box.
So if you’re perusing the lineup looking for someone to sneak a bite of bacon with, you’re stuck with the comedians. Which, if we’re going to be honest, is probably appropriate.
So here are the Jews you can check out. I’ve done some research, and most of them are actually pretty funny.
Marc Maron: “My parents were the first generation of Jews who moved as far away from their parents as possible for reasons other than fleeing a country.”
Sat. at 1 p.m., Sun. at 8 p.m. at Comedy at the Playhouse. Sun. at 4:45 p.m.…
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