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Glory Mayreis stands at a podium bearing the name NFTY Convention

My younger brother, Jesse, is younger than I am by 46 minutes. (Yes, we’re twins – but I’m still older!) Sometimes siblings are your number-one BFF, and sometimes they’re your biggest rival. Though Jesse and I are pretty much on the same wavelength now, it hasn’t always been that way.

I am a high school student and a proud queer individual. In the eighth grade, after a few years of questioning, denial, and exploration, I finally came to terms with my LGBTQ identity. A year later, standing outside our synagogue on a Friday night, I finally came out to my brother.

At first,...

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Benjamin Netanyahu head and shoulders shot

Recently, when I was asked to comment on the Israeli film, Oslo Diaries, I noted that I see it as a valuable perspective on a missed opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and a sobering reminder that there were sincere proponents for peace on both sides. I also view the movie as a “hatchet job,” on Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

A friend wrote that if it is a “hatchet job,” it is a well-deserved one. He then asked rhetorically if Netanyahu’s silence in the face of right-wing sentiment...

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Stack of newspapers with one prominently proclaiming a scandal

In a world where idols fall faster than we can blink an eye, it is hard to explain how yesterday’s leaders become today’s objects of disdain. Our vast cultural reckoning continues as we witness more public figures dismantled by the revelation of ugly episodes from their past.

Included in this ignominious list: abhorrent acts of racist behavior, the spewing of racial epithets, the unrepentant identification with white supremacy, unabashed sexism, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and so much more. Amid all of this ugliness, we parents must distill these events and their...

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Black and white archival image of a Nazi march down East 86th Street in NYC on October 30th 1939

The Oscar-nominated short film A Night at the Garden is a 2018 documentary about a massive pro-Nazi rally that happened in Madison Square Garden 80 years ago this week, on February 20, 1939.

At the time, Adolf Hitler was constructing his sixth concentration camp and would soon instigate war with Poland, kicking off WWII and beginning the Holocaust. At Madison Square Garden, these 20,000 Americans gathered publicly to celebrate Nazi racism, anti-Semitism, and the forthcoming genocide.

In so many ways, the country has forgotten...

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Wall lined with black and white photos of individuals who perished in the Holocaust

Shortly after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), reintroduced the Never Again Education Act, an important piece of legislation designed to improve Holocaust education and combat anti-Semitism. This bill could not come at a more opportune moment, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is proud to...

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