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  • Michael Chabon’s views on intermarriage are increasingly mainstream. They are also morally abhorrent.

    Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too — John Lennon (JTA) — On May 14, Michael Chabon gave the most remarkable commencement speech in the recent history of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s highly respected flagship seminary and training…

  • ‘Engaging’ millennials is all the rage. But is it the best use of Jewish philanthropy?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Engaging young people in their 20s and 30s, the so-called millennial generation, is a high priority for Jewish philanthropists. Some funders have banded together to create new initiatives, including free trips to Israel, with the express purpose of drawing members of this generation into Jewish life. Others have gravitated to the so-called…

  • Op-Ed: The shrinking Jewish Middle — and how to expand it

    If federations and other mainstream Jewish institutions are to survive, the population of Conservative and Reform Jews who are unambiguously attached to Jewish life must be nurtured and expanded, two researchers write.

  • Op-Ed: As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

    The Gaza war presents Jewish schools with a teachable moment, writes a co-author of a report on Israel education in North American Jewish schools.

  • Op-Ed: Time for straight talk about assimilation

    Rather than view a killed Masa ad on assimilation solely as a dragon successfully slain, the Jewish community should see it as an opportunity to ask tough questions about the best ways to draw in disengaged Jews, Jewish Theological Seminary professor Jack Wertheimer writes.