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Download the App and ‘Stand Still’ With Our Israeli Brethren

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One of my Israeli cousins, Karen Shaham Palman, developed a new app called Standing Still, which allows people to experience and respect the sirens that, twice a year, bring an entire country to a stop for a few minutes. No matter where on the globe you are, it will sound each year on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day...

Joint Statement on Jewish Cemetery Desecrations Issued

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The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) and the Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries (CAJAC) strongly condemn the recent shocking acts of anti-Semitism committed against Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Missouri and Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia. These hate crimes, as well as all acts of desecration against Jewish cemeteries, cannot be tolerated. Both organizations encourage the Jewish community and all communities throughout New York and the United States to speak out against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.

CAJAC’s mission is to honor and respect the departed who can no longer speak for themselves. CAJAC represents the New York Jewish community’s...

Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian Condemns JCC Threats

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I strongly condemn the threats made today against two Jewish Community Centers in Westchester County, as well as others across the country.

These are cowardly acts that cannot and will not be tolerated in our communities. Jewish Community Centers do great work and provide invaluable services to local children, families and seniors. These are anti-Semitic attacks and federal, state and local law enforcement must work together to swiftly bring those responsible for these reprehensible acts to justice. The perpetrators must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

The threats made today against Jewish Community Centers in New Rochelle, Tarrytown, Staten Island, Nassau County and other...

Choice in Education Helps Hold Educators Accountable to Parents

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We have been informed by those who have been working on school vouchers for many years that they have finally succeeded in having a bill sponsored in Congress that can serve as a model and trailblazer for all 50 states. Although the bill only provides school vouchers in the District of Columbia, which comes directly under the jurisdiction of Congress, it provides all Americans the opportunity to use their influence at this critical time, when school choice has become a leading national issue.

Every voter in every state can directly influence their representatives by calling 202-224-3121 and explaining the critical importance of signing onto the Education Freedom Accounts Act...

The OU’s Silence Regarding President Trump’s Holocaust Statement Is Worrisome

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The Orthodox Union’s silence on the White House’s deliberate omission of the Jewish people’s unique persecution during the Holocaust is incredibly unsettling.

This is not the first time the OU has shied away from critiquing the Trump administration. David Friedman, Trump’s choice to be the American ambassador to Israel, has slandered Jewish supporters of a two-state solution as being “kapos”—in fact, worse than kapos—calling them neither Jewish nor Zionists. Yet the OU remained deafeningly silent in the wake of these horrifying words attacking members of the Orthodox Jewish community.

By failing to criticize President Trump and his administration in this disturbing move...
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