November 2006

Special Dossier: Decision 5767
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Special Dossier: Decision 5767 
Jewish Perspectives

New: 2006 Annual Survey Of American Jewish Opinion
GOP efforts to sway Jewish voters have floundered.

New: Point - Counterpoint: Allegations Against MoveOn.org
Bastion of Democracy and Tikkun Olam, or Bastion of Terrorism and Anti-Semitism. You Decide.

New: PA House Passes Legislation Designed To Expedite Burial Services
Will help funeral directors better accommodate religious customs.

George W. Bush's Reign Of Error
The hour of truth.

Mehlman Caught With Hand In Cookie Jar 
A truly forgettable Shabbat dinner at the Abramoff's.

Central Park Protest
Thousands defy the rape of Darfur.

Dry Bones cartoon -Hamas has now smuggled hundres of tons of weapons into Gaza. And the Bush administration can't blame Clinton for this one..
"Hundreds of Tons" of rockets, missiles, rifles, etc, smuggled by Hamas into Gaza since Israel pulled out in preparation for launching a war against the Jewish State?!! Says who?!
Says a PLO report (from PA Pres. Abbas' Fatah Party) that's who!
Reprinted courtesy of Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen www.DryBonesBlog.blogspot.com  

The President's Saudi Moment
Woodward tells the story.

The Chosen Targets
Six shot, one killed at Seattle Jewish Federation.

Foley Scandal Myths And Falsehoods
Baseless assertion go largely unchallenged.

Updated: Letters to the Editor


Community Calendar
Download events to your PDA, get reminders automatically by email or text message. 

J-SPAN Honors Chirls And Frankel
Social Jewish Award recipients. 

Cabrini College Bestows Honorary Doctorate On Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor, and international voice for piece and justice. 

Networking Central

Keshet Ga'avah 
World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews.

Jewish Outreach Partnership 
Synaplex? Philadelphia.

Open Sukkah In the Sixth District
Murphy and Gerlach speak at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El.

Living Judaism

Parshat Noah
A Present: The Earth's Future. 

Strengthen Him So That He Does Not Fall
Issues around children and youth in the 2006 election.

The Kosher Table

A Touch Of Sweetness for Mar Cheshvan
Cremslach, Rugelach, Butterballs, and Murgle Gurgle.

Voter Registration forms

Do not forget to vote on Tuesday, November 7
Decision 5767

The election coverage in our last issue was so well received, we decided to continue in this vein and explore the issues in the coming election from a uniquely Jewish angle.

Most importantly, the Philadelphia Jewish Voice has prepared Voter Guides for the following races giving candidates stands on the issues of concern to the Jewish community, from the security of the state of Israel, the war against Iraq, separation between Church and State, reproductive choice, stem cell research, ...

Please forward links to these voter guides to your contacts in the area. Information on other races may be available on request.

Santorum's vote enabling Halliburton to continue trading with Iran featured in last month's article, has sparked considerable feedback, including two editorials in the Washington Times defending Santorum. The question was raised at the recent Casey-Santorum debate. You can read in our current issue how Santorum defended himself.

Meanwhile, the NJDC unveiled their list of "The Backwards Eighteen" on Jewish issues, including five local Congressmen, our parenting column suggests some ways to keep your children's future in mind as you prepare to vote, and our In The Own Words section is privileged to record the stands of Lois Murphy and Jim Gerlach on Israel, Iraq, Iran and a host of other subjects as they were presented in the Temple Beth Hillel Beth El Sukkah.

In other news, we have all of our usual features: 

Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Living Judaism

We are sorry to announce that our Living Judaism editor Rabbi Goldie Milgram is stepping down in order to pursue an important new opportunity. However, our loss is New York's gain as she has been appointed Director of Innovative Jewish Programming at the 92nd Street Y. Rabbi Milgram's columns in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice have been adopted and adapted by newspapers, conferences and websites worldwide including Beliefnet, Moment Magazine and Limmud England.

The 92nd Street Y operates in the context of a history that spans over 128 years. Founded in 1874 as the Young Men's Hebrew Association, the 92nd Street Y has evolved into a world-renowned community and cultural center. Rabbi Milgram's new position places her into leadership of implementing the shift in 92nd Street Y Mission statement adopted by the Y board which places support of Jewish life at the top of the highly respected institution's agenda.

Adena Potok

Adena Potok

Adena Potok assuming the helm of the Living Judaism column. The insightful d'var torah on Pashat Noach by Mike Weilbacher which she has chosen this month continues the tradition which Rabbi Milgram began, of stimulating comments, and we hope our readers will be as eager to read each new installment of Living Judaism as we are. Adena Potok can be reached at judaism @ pjvoice.com

While Adena will be focusing on the Living Judaism column, the publisher, on behalf of our readers and staff, salutes her for her leadership and skill over the last year as editor-in chief. 

Meanwhile, the overall editorial direction of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice is being assumed by the publisher with the assistance of Michelle Cohen, our new editorial assistant studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Editorial inquiries should be sent to Dan and Michelle at editor @ pjvoice.com