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The New-ish, Jew-ish Economy

REPARATIONS, SUSTAINABILITY, DEMOCRACY by Kate Poole and Jessica Rosenberg Published in the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents.   WHAT ARE our roles and our responsibilities, as Jews, in the economy? Hand in hand with the economic, political, scientific, and agricultural change that we are seeking, we believe that we must also be working towards […]

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March 1: “The Rule of Justice, Not the Rule of Law”

Canada Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, her country’s first woman judge and first Jewish woman Supreme Court justice, spoke at Harvard on this date in 2010 about how her parents’ experience as Auschwitz survivors had shaped her own commitment to social justice and human rights. In 1976, at 29, Abella became the youngest person […]

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September 13: The Attica Uprising

A prisoner takeover of Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum security penitentiary in western New York, was crushed on this date in 1971 when Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller sent in more than 1,000 state troopers, National Guardsmen, and local police. Forty-three people, including ten hostages, were killed and eighty were wounded during the assault, which was […]

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It’s Good to Have a Hobby

by Lou Charloff The year was 1934. I was 13 and Bernie was 12. Like me, Bernie was short; he was also very smart and he was my best friend. We lived in the Hunts Point area, not far from Southern Boulevard, which was the prime shopping section of neighborhood. I am not referring to […]

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Justice and the Death Penalty

by Marc Jampole In baseball parlance, the anti-death penalty movement has batted 500 over the past 24 hours.  The Supreme Court of the United States stopped the execution of white man Cleve Foster, but the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to black man Troy Davis. The racial contrast speaks for itself. Much […]

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September 19: The Innocence Project

Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, was born on this date in Queens, New York in 1949. He and his co-founder Peter Neufeld were pioneers in the use of forensic DNA testing and have influenced scientific forensic research as well as state and federal law. Scheck and Neufeld created the Innocence Project at the […]

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