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Rape in the Middle East and Women-Led Organizing: Is Social Change on the Horizon for Syrian Refugees?

As refugees continue to stream into Europe in response to the Syrian Civil War and ISIS brutality, it’s easy to become disheartened. But Yifat Susskind, sees a modicum of progressive social change on the horizon for those most affected by the crisis.

Jewish Thrifting

I buy nothing new. Why should I? Sadie, Mollie, Esther and Bunny and their pals have already provided me with everything I ever wanted—and more.

Holy and Unholy Tweets

The close proximity of Jewish and Muslim holy days is a welcome counter to the close proximity of bigotry that has plagued Jews and Muslims during this past week.

End-of-Year/Start-of-Year Improvements

During these Days of Awe and contemplation, here is some useful reading to guide your introspection and prepare you for the new year.

Challenging Sexist Conversion Practices

What this filmmaker discovered about the violation of female converts’ dignity and modesty shocked and angered her.

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Yiddish Classics into English

Here’s a switch! Instead of translating Shakespeare, etc., into Yiddish, Taytsh, the Yiddish Book Center’s site for Yiddish-to-English translators, wants to help translate the treasures of Yiddish literature into English for a new generation of readers. Learn more at taytsh.org.

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A recorded conversation with Joy Ladin at Washington's DCJCC. She's wonderfully instructive, sometimes in deeply poignant ways; listen carefully here when she describes, among other things, the plight of transgender teens and their very basic need for shelter. 

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