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Arriving at genuine happiness

Rabbi Marc D. Angel, the founder of the New York-based Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals in New York shares a poignant thought about the holiday of Sukkot. He reflects upon the holiday’s alternate name, The Time of our Happiness

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Truth from our children

Last week, at the launch of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s 2018 campaign, Emily Martell, a Grade 12 student at TanenbaumCHAT, spoke about the importance of Jewish Education. Her brief remarks were deeply personal, sweetly written, emotionally moving and

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Disappearing American Jewry, again

Some weeks ago The New York Jewish Week published a plain-speaking but hard-hitting op-ed by Rabbi Abraham Unger entitled “Two Radical Proposals To Ensure A Jewish Future.” Unger was responding to an essay by JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen. Unger felt

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Wrap them in our love and help them to school in confidence

Fresh beginnings are upon us. The new year begins in just more than a week and school restarts in just less than a week. GAJE’s chief cause, of course, is for the affordability of Jewish education. Irrespective of the type

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Join the discussion around the water cooler

With the return to school barely more than one week away, more discussions about Jewish education are being held around the communal water cooler, so to speak. For example, in its recent edition (August 23, 2018), The CJN published an

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New school to open September 2019

The campaign to make Jewish education affordable encompasses all reasonable efforts aimed at bringing more children into Jewish education’s classrooms. In some communities those classrooms are changing to incorporate the new technologies and pedagogical approaches of our changing times. GAJE

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How far we are falling

The question “why be Jewish?” has always been an entry point into a polite but relatively innocuous discussion about the grandeur, traditions, values, literature and ennobling heritage of Judaism. Until recently. Now, the discussion in the United States and especially

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