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Jerry Grossfeld, 1924-2014

Jerry Grossfeld kept the faith. He headed Jewish Family and Children’s Service (as JFS was then known), 1976-1989, when the nuclear Jewish family was dropping from the vision of American Jewry.

Besides the intricate and intimate problems brought to his attention, his agency operated in a climate of opinion that challenged its basic presupposition: the centrality of family. Which made the job Jerry Grossfeld did all the more remarkable.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:21 )

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‘Genetically modified’ label protection a myth

It sounds simple enough: Affirm that the food one buys has not been genetically modified. Require it on the nutrition label, right alongside the counts for cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, etc. This is anything but simple. Counterintuitively, in fact, a GMO label will likely achieve the opposite of its purpose. How so? Right now, organic foods that are produced with every effort not to introduce genetically modified seeds or ingredients affirm the GMO-free process of production. What the GMO...
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Vote!

If you’re feeling like a zombie lately, don’t worry: It probably has nothing to do with the TV hit “The Walking Dead” or the macabre season that culminates at October’s twilight. More likely it stems from the fact that this year’s political campaigns have, even more than previous elections, treated us as if we’re brainless automatons, wandering aimlessly in the political wilderness, unable to think beyond one-dimensional slogans or childish name-calling. Without doubt, this campa...
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Desecration

The rabbi at the mikveh spying on the women. Really, who could even make this up? And frankly, it makes one sick to write about it. But write about it we must because otherwise the voyeurs and molesters and their ilk get away with it. There is nothing better than silence to encourage rabbinic criminals or perverts. The light must be shined upon them, distasteful as this surely is.
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Obscenity

A ‘senior administration official’ accuses Israel’s Prime Minster of cowardice — with a crude obscenity. It is time for reason to resurface. Another slingshot from the Obama administration: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, according to a “senior administration official,” an . . . expletive deleted. Expletive elucidated: Netanyahu is a coward, a chicken.
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Exploring Israel’s ‘ethnic’ cuisine

Gabe Friedman A new book aimed at English-speaking tourists offers a look into Israel’s diverse food culture. ... [Link]

Some Argentine Jews aim to revoke foreign minister’s AMIA membership

Gabe Friedman Hector Timerman’s role in brokering the widely criticized pact with Iran to jointly investigate the deadly 1994 bombing at the Buenos Aires Jewish center is cited. ... [Link]

Rivlin in U.N. address stands up for Islam

Gabe Friedman The Israeli president told the General Assembly that Muslims are also victims of persecution and of terrorism. ... [Link]

Nisman colleague explains lending gun to slain prosecutor

mbrodsky An employee in the Buenos Aires prosecutor’s office who has been charged for lending a pistol to Alberto Nisman said the slain prosecutor asked him for a gun. ... [Link]

Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

Julie Wiener An award-winning actor’s announcement adds a Grey stripe to the rainbow flag. ... [Link]

Zeldin seeks assurances on Karachi cemetery

Ron Kampeas The New York congressman wrote Pakistan’s U.S. ambassador following a British newspaper report describing efforts to take over the land. ... [Link]

GOP trip to Israel funded by ‘hate group,’ Southern Poverty Law Center says

Ben Sales The center’s president said the nine-day tour by 60 Republican National Committee members would legitimize the funding group’s extremism. ... [Link]

Lew: French Jews want to stay in France

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Treasury secretary made his remarks after meeting with the Jewish community’s leadership in Paris in the wake of the terrorist attacks there. ... [Link]

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