By Lisa Friedman In a recent eJP article entitled, “Thinking Inclusion: First Steps to Launching a Successful Inclusion Program,” I read about the wonderful efforts of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) to increase their efforts around disability inclusion in their summer camp. As a long-time Jewish disability inclusion expert, this article had me at “thinking inclusion.” Unfortunately, I wish it had just stopped … [Read more...] about Inclusion is Not a Program
By Liam Hoare
The Austrian Jewish community is in many ways a mosaic, whose strength is derived from the sum of its parts. A community rebuilt by Holocaust survivors after the Second World War has been augmented over the decades by immigration from Hungary, Poland, and the former Soviet Union. Some of its most notable cultural figures like the novelists Doron Rabinovici and Julya Rabinowitch were not born in Austria. But … [Read more...] about Bukharian Jews:
A Vital Part of the Austrian Jewish Mosaic
By Christopher P. Scheitle and Jeffery T. Ulmer Many Americans may be wondering what security measures are in place at their place of worship after 11 people were killed in Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. President Donald Trump also alluded to this question when he said “the results would have been far better” if the Tree of Life congregation had armed guards or members. According to news reports, the Tree … [Read more...] about How Safe is Your Place of Worship?
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
The Nazis had prescripted the events of November 9th, 1938. For them, it was only a matter of when such a premeditated assault on German Jewry would occur. The planned attack on German Jewry itself had been crafted as early as 1937. Indeed, historians have identified a number of reasons that prompted German officials to launch such an action:
“The background of the pogrom was signified by a sharp cleavage of … [Read more...] about A Night in November:
Remembering the 9th of November, 1938
By Rabbi Uri Allen Our God and God of our ancestors, master of mercy and of the brokenhearted, help us to begin the work of healing that we so desperately need right now. Grant us with the capacity of compassion to listen more than we speak, to give the benefit of the doubt more often than not, and to judge each other favorably - even, perhaps especially, when we disagree. Grant comfort to those who are in pain and full of grief. Comfort … [Read more...] about A Prayer For Our Country