Katie Eder (right) works with a Kids Tales student at a COA Youth and Family Center in August. Photo by Lois Bielefeld.

Katie Eder (right) works with a Kids Tales student at a COA Youth and Family Center in August. Photo by Lois Bielefeld.

Shorewood teen helps children tell their unique stories

By Leon Cohen

In the age of smart phones, texting abbreviations, emoticons and 140-character tweets, does anybody, particularly any young people, want to do real writing anymore?

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Opinions

D'var Torah: Rituals connect us to each other, history, Heaven

By Rabbi Levi Emmer

While the mitzvah is being performed, there is no question, “Why be Jewish?”

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Editor’s Desk: What endures beyond the news

By Leon Cohen

What a year 5775 has been — and not just because its numbers form a palindrome, reading the same forwards and backwards.

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To fight BDS, focus on teens

By Steven M. Cohen and David Bryfman

 Prior investment in Jewish education elevates disposition to Israel advocacy.

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For black Orthodox Jews, constant racism is exhausting

By Chava Shervington

Orthodox Jews of color constantly have to demonstrate authenticity and belonging. 

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Letter: Opinion on gay marriage not based on research

With all due respect to the many points that Rabbi Yonason Goldson made in his part of the “Two Views” discussion in the August Chronicle on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the right of gay marriage, two of those points are not confirmed by scientific research.

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Letter: JCC Maccabi Games were an incredible high

 I am still recovering from the high I experienced from the incredible JCC Maccabi Games. From the opening ceremony to the closing fair, it was a week that has been captured in many photos and is far more profound than they can show.

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World News

Meet the Jewish woman getting ready to live on Mars

By Patricia Corrigan

Dr. Sheyna Gifford — a Jewish medical doctor, science journalist, astrophysics researcher and space enthusiast — is preparing to live on Mars.

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After scandal, women reclaim mikvah with mural

By Suzanne Pollak

“The women took the mikvah space, defined it and demystified it.”

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Synagogue rebuilt 10 years after hurricane

By Josh Tapper

As he stood on an empty lot at the corner of Camellia Street and Southern Avenue, Brad Kessie inspected one of two sago palms that marked the pathway to Congregation Beth Israel.

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World organization of LGBT Jews lauched

By Cnaan Liphshiz

The scene at the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg was a highlight of a recent three-day conference for some 70 young Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the world.

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Strategy against infertility raises Jewish issues

By Suzanne Pollak

Laura has donated her eggs four times to women who needed help having children.

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U.S. bike race has first Israeli team

By Hillel Kuttler

As Israeli bicyclist Yoav Bear sped through the end of Stage 2 of the U.S.A. Pro Challenge race at nearly 11,000 feet of elevation in the Colorado Rockies, he thrust his water bottle into the hand of a young spectator clutching an Israeli flag.

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Netanyahu signals support for Jewish world initiative

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written to the Jewish Agency for Israel indicating his support for a renewed joint initiative between Israel and the Jewish world.

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