Michael Bernardi: Third Generation Jewish Actor, Second-Generation in “Fiddler,” Now for the 21st Century...

Jul 14, 2016 by

To actor Michael Bernardi, who is currently playing the role of Mordcha the innkeeper as well as understudying the roles of the rabbi and Tevye himself in the current Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, the cherished musical is all about tradition and Jewish continuation.

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Sen. Cruz Exposes Obama Administration’s Willful Blindness to Radical Islamic Terrorism...

Jun 30, 2016 by

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, convened a hearing in which he exposed the Obama administration’s pattern of turning a blind eye to radical Islamic terrorism…

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At HaZamir, Jewish Teens Sing, Learn Jewish Music, and Understand What It Means to be Part of Klal Yisrael...

May 9, 2016 by

Vivian Lazar knows that HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, which she directs, is more than just a musical organization through which some 400 young Jewish students came together last month to present a gala concert celebrating four-part traditional and contemporary Jewish music.

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No, Mr. Trump, Why You Cannot be ‘Neutral’ When it Comes to Negotiating with the Israelis and Palestinians...

Mar 18, 2016 by

“My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward,” wrote Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in his 1987 book, Trump: The Art of the Deal. “I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I’m after.”

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Who Influences Hillary Clinton on Israel?...

Feb 10, 2016 by

Assessing the influence that Jewish associates, advisors, and relatives have on Presidential candidates is complicated. Just being Jewish does not mean automatically understanding the issues confronting Israel and world Jewry.

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At the Republican Jewish Coalition: Fireworks, One-Liners, and Some Confused Boos...

Dec 8, 2015 by

TheJewishVoiceAndOpinion.com Those attending the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Candidates’ Forum on December 3 in Washington could be forgiven if they came away wishing they could choose their favorite candidate…

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The One Hundred and Ten Years Young Shul in New Brunswick...

Nov 1, 2015 by

It took me three days to build up enough courage to visit what remained of Cong. Poalei Zedek in
New Brunswick, New Jersey. What was once a stately and ornate structure had almost instantaneously
become a burnt out shell…

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What Should AIPAC Do Now?

Oct 18, 2015 by

Now that the fight to defeat the Iran nuclear agreement is over, the pro-Israel community can begin to explore how AIPAC and other Jewish organizations should respond to the outcome.

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Kol Ami: The Rally against the Agreement with Iran...

Jul 31, 2015 by

The rally held in Times Square on July 22 attracted thousands of Jews who wanted to make sure Congress heard their cry to reject the deal the Obama administration has struck with Iran. At the rally, the question was: Why did you come?

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Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene: “College Isn’t the Only Path to a Good-Paying and Rewarding Career”...

Jul 30, 2015 by

A noted educator and Jewish communal activist has joined forces with the Lincoln Technical Institute to offer members of the New York and New Jersey Jewish community the opportunity to participate in hands-on career training programs for a variety of fields.

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What’s Going On in Teaneck?

Jun 24, 2015 by

What’s going on in Teaneck? It seems that Chuck Powers and his wife, Barbara “People worry that there’s a group that wants [Teaneck] to become an Orthodox community like some of the ones in Rockland County” Toffler, are now part of a group that says its purpose is “to make sure that the wider public knows what’s going on.”

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Pollard Applied for—and Was Denied—Parole; Now Even Those Initially Not Supportive Demand a Pardon...

May 29, 2015 by

The American-Jewish community has long been divided on the issue of Jonathan Pollard’s incarceration, now in its 30th year. The community has also been divided on how to help him win his freedom. Some have sided with Mr. Pollard, now 60, in insisting that he be granted Presidential clemency or a pardon. Others have advised him to ask for parole, especially when he became eligible for a hearing after serving ten years in prison. Now, because there is doubt that Mr. Pollard can ever win parole, some strong voices are issuing harsh words for the Jewish community, insisting that, at every meeting with officials in the Obama administration, leaders of Jewish organizations, and especially financial political contributors, raise the issue of Mr. Pollard’s release. Last month, for example, when President Barack Obama tried some...

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Do You Want Al-Jazeera in Your Living Room? Al Gore’s Current TV Makes It a Real Possibility...

May 22, 2013 by

If your cable TV company carries Current TV, it is very important to ask the company to drop the station now that it has been bought by Al-Jazeera. Time Warner dropped Current TV as soon as the sale was made public. All other cable providers should do so as well, and you can help make sure this happens. Start by issuing a complaint, but remember, when you call the company, the first person to whom your call is directed may not be the proper person at all. Politely but insistently go up the ladder of authority and ask to speak with a supervisor. Remember: everyone you speak to has a supervisor. Keep climbing until you reach receptive ears. Current TV may be part of the package you are currently receiving. When you tell your...

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A Mother’s Plea: An Armed Guard For My Child...

Jan 21, 2013 by

By Sharon Gordon Editor’s note: Ms. Gordon wrote this op-ed in 1999, which is when it appeared in The Jewish Voice and Opinion, shortly after a JCC in Los Angeles was attacked by an antisemitic gunman who came looking for blood. I am a Jewish mother whose child attends a Jewish day school in New Jersey. When I first heard about the carnage in Los Angeles at the Jewish center, I thought that it could have been my child. Along with the rest of the country, I am horrified at the attempted massacre by the neo-Nazi monster Buford Furrow. Unfortunately, this type of violence is hardly a rarity nowadays. Much attention is paid to the notion that such horrors can be prevented, primarily by eliminating the tools of destruction. Certainly, keeping guns out of...

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