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Reading 'The Plot Against America' across the Bay - J.

Reading 'The Plot Against America' across the Bay - J.

The surprising success of Donald Trump's candidacy in 2016 brought a number of literary works out of the woodwork, but none so much as Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America." Roth's work of counterfactual historical fiction (sometimes known as the "What if?" genre) explores the imagined impact of aviator Charles Lindbergh's defeat of incumbent Franklin ...

Major new teen initiative launches in Bay Area

Major new teen initiative launches in Bay Area - J.

In the early 1990s, Debra Sagan Massey was a young adult working as a youth director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and Mike Friedman was one of her teen charges. Today, 25 years later, Massey and Friedman are all grown up, and working together again - fittingly, with teens.

Excess of Jewish sexual sinners? Men ponder it at ‘Feast’

Excess of Jewish sexual sinners? Men ponder it at 'Feast' - J.

Harvey Weinstein. Al Franken. Anthony Weiner. Jewish men behaving badly. Is there something in the history or liturgy of Judaism that can explain such conduct, or help Jewish men avoid such misbehavior and act more like mensches? Those were among the questions at the core of "Who Is a Man?"

Professional Development: A Call to Action

By Dana Sheanin and Jenni Mangel The 2016 Leading Edge study " Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work? " identifies five factors of great workplaces. One of these is talent development: "Leading places to work recognize that professionals crave opportunities to advance their knowledge, skill sets and abilities.

War, communism, journeys to a new land: aging emigres preserve their stories

JKids High Holy Days Edition