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Tisha b’Av in the Age of Climate Change

BINDING OURSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER THROUGH ACTIVISM by Rabbi Judy Weiss from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THE FIRST TIME I went to Tisha b’Av morning services, I was surprised by something rather insignificant: According to Ashkenazic custom, Jews don’t wear talleisim (prayer shawls) or tefillin (phylacteries) during the morning Tisha b’Av service. […]

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February 14: The Billionaire Mayor

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York from 2002-13 and the eighth wealthiest person in the world (according to Forbes in 2015) thanks to his creation of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data company, was born in Boston on this date in 1942. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Bloomberg became a partner at Salomon […]

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April 16: The Goldman Environmental Prize

Richard Goldman, who with his wife Rhoda founded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1989, was born on this date in 1920. The two were San Franciscoans who grew up down the street from one another. In 1949, Richard founded Goldman Insurance Services, which became a major insurance brokerage firm. Rhoda was a descendant of Levi […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Six Degrees, Six Days

by Mimi Bluestone SIX DEGREES CENTIGRADE. That’s how much scientists expect global temperatures to rise if human beings keep burning fossil fuels at current and projected rates. Six degrees is four degrees more than the temperature at which nearly all of the world’s governments have agreed we can survive as a species. Even a two-degree […]

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