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Digesting the Jewish media: Are Jews ready to fight poverty?, A shul for the deaf in D.C., Jerry Spr

I know you’re caught up in the VP picks, presidential conventions and the looming start of the NFL season… but here’s what’s in the Jewish newspapers this week:

    • Despite recent JCPA efforts, is the Jewish community really ready and willing to take on the poverty issue?, asks the New York Jewish Week.
    • A Reconstructionist shul in Washington is seeking a $250,000 grant from the Covenant Foundation to start a congregation for the deaf. It would be one of the few such congregations that have ever operated, reports the Washington Jewish Week.
    • The Orthodox Union joined a coalition of faith-based groups supporting California’s Proposition 8, which would overturn the state’s decision to allow gay marriages, reports the Forward.
    • After the Solomon Schechter school in Cranford closed because of financial difficulty – the second New Jersey Schechter to do so in the past year – Schechter of West Orange is absorbing the majority of its faculty and student body.
    • The ADL leans on quid pro quo lawyers for legal support, says the New Jersey Jewish Standard.
    • In Cleveland, the Center for Social Justice assists financially strapped law students who wish to pursue careers in social justice, says the Cleveland Jewish News.
    • Young charity givers were on display in Philadelphia, reports the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent.
    • Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, the first Jewish woman governor of a state, will give the keynote speech at next week’s opening of the Jewish Book & Culture Fair in Milwaukee, which is part of the Adelman Political Awareness Series of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Women’s Division, according to the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.
    • On the flip side, Jerry Springer will be the keynote speaker at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival in November, the St. Louis Jewish Light reports. Springer is the child of Holocaust survivors who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1944.
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