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Rabbi Lee Bycel is the Sinton Visiting Professor of Holocaust, Ethics and Refugee Studies at the University of San Francisco. He served as dean of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles from 1982-1997.

His visits to refugee camps in Darfur, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Haiti led to his writing Refugees in America: Stories of Courage Resilience and Hope in Their Own Words (Rutgers University Press). Proceeds will benefit two refugee settlement organizations: HIAS and...

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Jews have had a connection to the land of Israel for thousands of years – yet today, according to many polls, a majority of American Jews are a lot more hesitant to engage with Israel than past generations. Many are distraught over political realities in Israel but feel as though they don’t have the power to make a difference.

This is inaccurate, though. We all have a say in our Jewish future and what values guide Israel and world Jewry – and you don’t have to be a spectator. You can help choose what our future looks like by voting in the World Zionist Congress elections.

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Arbeit Macht Frei sign at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp

Dr. Rafael Medoff is the founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C., which focuses on America’s response to Nazism and the Holocaust. He has taught history at Ohio State University, SUNY-Purchase, and elsewhere and authored more than 20 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and American Jewish history. We sat down with Dr. Medoff to talk about his most recent book, The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi...

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At long last, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections have arrived, and voting has begun!

Participating in the WZC elections by supporting the ticket titled “Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism” is the only way American Jews can weigh in democratically about issues in Israel – and ensure a society that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace. 

It’s also quick and easy, so vote now....

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When we began planning our wedding, I, an avid DIYer, was set on making our wedding cake. From the start, my mother was hesitant of the idea, and as the details of the wedding day fell into place, I reluctantly concluded that she was right (as usual).

Instead, I settled for baking hundreds of pineapple tart rugelach, the marriage of a Peranakan pineapple tart and a Jewish rugelach. These cookies were one of the first ways I celebrated our multiracial and Jewish family through cooking, paying homage to my...

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