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Arrested in Defense of Treaty Rights

A CONVERSATION WITH MARILYN KIMMERLING OF TACOMA DIRECT ACTION By Stephen Quirke   IN THE EARLY MORNING of May 17, 2017, six people entered a construction site at the Port of Tacoma, Washington, and locked themselves to an auger. Four hours passed before Tacoma police could remove them. One officer told 79- year-old Cynthia Linet that his […]

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Living Communally as Teens in Israel

IF THIS IS SOCIALISM, WHERE’S THE BATHROOM? by Marah Birnbaum From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   ALMOST EVERY DAY, I walk into the living room to find two to six young men in the assumed position: sunk into the couch, fixated on their phones or computers, necks tucked and backs hunched. The staccato clicking […]

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Running for Congress at 24

AND GETTING ATTACKED BY NEO-NAZIS A CONVERSATION WITH ERIN SCHRODE From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Erin Schrode, 25, has been an environmental activist her entire life. In 2005, at age 13, in response to skyrocketing cancer rates in Marin County, California, she and her mother Judi Shils co-founded Teens for Safe Cosmetics […]

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Upper West Side: The Philanthropists

by Susan Reimer-Torn We are the free-est, most affluent, most powerful Jews to ever walk the planet. The only question is what we want to do with the remarkable blessing of our lives. Not bad for openers. The big burly rabbi is used to working a high-powered crowd. I look around the conference room hosting […]

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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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July 25: The Father of Kabbalah

Rabbi Isaac Luria, the kabbalist who introduced many mystical concepts into Judaism, died on this date in 1572 at the age of 38 in Sfat (Safed), which he had helped to establish as the key center of Jewish mysticism. Among the many concepts of contemporary Kabbalah that he posited were tzimtzum, God’s contraction to make […]

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