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March 3: Jews in Florida

Florida was admitted to the United States as its 27th state on this date in 1845. Fewer than a hundred Jews lived in Florida at the time (out of a white population of some 66,000) — including David Levy Yulee, one of the new state’s first two senators and the first Jew in the U.S. […]

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Megaphone: Stephanie Greenwood, Newark/Essex Foreclosure Taskforce

Stephanie Greenwood, 34, works in the City of Newark’s Economic and Housing Development Department and staffs the Newark/Essex Foreclosure Taskforce, which works to address the impact of fore-closures on residents and neighborhoods in Essex County. Prior to joining Newark City Hall, Stephanie completed a Masters of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning at the […]

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May 3: Against Housing Discrimination

On this date in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the legality of “restrictive covenants” in real estate contracts, which had been used for decades to enforce racial and religious segregation in housing. The case, Shelley v. Kraemer, was argued before the Court by two Black attorneys, Thurgood Marshall and Loren Miller; the brief filed […]

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Gilbert Gordon (1911-2010)

by Lawrence Bush We here at Jewish Currents wanted to note the passing of Gilbert Gordon last Monday, July 5. Gil was a lawyer and a passionate fighter for progressive causes, one of the many unsung heroes on whom social justice depends.

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Demographics and Democracy in the Jewish State

Do demographics predict destiny? Probably the most common argument made by Jewish Israelis against annexation of the Occupied Territories is that it would “endanger the Jewish character of the state” by extending citizenship to millions of non-Jews. In the early 1990s, Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, a progressive American Zionist, opposed the building of Jewish settlements in […]

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