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The Titanic and the Jews

Some interesting facts about the fate of the Jews who boarded the Titanic. by Barbara Penn The year was 1912. It was a difficult time for the Jews of Europe – oppression, poverty, the Cantonist decree and pogroms in Russia loomed over their heads. From the 1880s to the early 1900s, many Jews fled Russia…

American Jewry is Disappearing

by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg Patrilineal descent and intermarriage are the problem, not the solution. The recent Jewish People Policy Institute study found that outside of Orthodoxy, fewer Jews are getting married, those marrying are marrying later and having fewer children and intermarriage rates are increasing. The combination of these three factors raises the daunting question…

Quick facts on Israel

 Geography: Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East. Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan. The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, at about 1,373 feet…

Let My People Go!

by: Tiffany Monastyrsky 25 years ago, the beginning of a movement was born. The first rally, the first protest that echoed the words of Moses. Thousands upon thousands of people gathered in the streets of America, with bright white signs in big black letters spelling “LET MY PEOPLE GO!” As time went on and the…

Why Now? Why Here? Understanding the Rise of Anti-Semitism in America

By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. The most recent wave of anti-Semitic actions, involving at the time of this writing, two Jewish cemeteries (St. Louis and Philadelphia) and 89 bomb threats, have been directed against 72 Jewish institutions in 30 states since January 1st. These numbers have given rise to new and alarming concerns about hate crimes…