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What's on Our Mind 11-12-2021

On Tuesday we marked the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht. It was a turning point in the autocratic takeover of Germany by the Nazis. No longer did the Third Reich engage in antisemitic rhetoric. Now it was condoning and fomenting violence. That horrific night set in motion the mass extermination of Jewish communities across Europe.
 

What's on Our Mind 10-29-2021

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After four years of a president who stoked antisemitism subtly and overtly, there was a calming sigh of relief with Joe Biden’s election. However, the dangerous wave of antisemitism encouraged by his predecessor is proving difficult to contain. 
 
Antisemitism continues to rise. A third of Jewish college students say they have personally experienced antisemitism in the last year, according to a Hillel and ADL survey.
 

What's On Our Mind 10-22-2021

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On Thursday, the GOP members in the Senate used a procedural move to block debate and obstruct voting on a bill that would enact voting protections into Federal law. The bill would make it harder for the GOP to purge voter rolls and prevent minorities from voting. It would also standardize voting access in all states.
 

What's On Our Mind 10-8-2021

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The Senate’s inability to pass meaningful gun safety legislation is costing lives. Every day, over 100 people are shot and killed in America and hundreds more are injured. Despite the surge in gun violence, the NRA has doubled down on its extremism and dangerous rhetoric. 
 

What's On Our Mind 9-24-2021

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What a month. The most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation went into effect in Texas on September 1st - after anti-Choice members of the Supreme Court refused to block it. The Court has instead scheduled arguments for another lawsuit from Mississippi asking for Roe v Wade to be completely overturned.
 

What's On Our Mind 9-10-2021

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Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. The memories of that day still fill us up with horror, disbelief, and sadness.
 
An ever-growing number of Americans have no personal memory of that day. They were either too young or not yet born. However, they are living in a world defined by that tragic moment, from how they travel through airports to the war in Afghanistan.
 

What's on Our Mind 8-27-2021

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Fleeing our homes from persecution to the unknown in hopes of safety and freedom is etched into our collective Jewish experience. That is why the unfolding events in Afghanistan are even more upsetting for us to witness.
 

What's on Our Mind 8-20-2021

This week marked the 101st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It was a 72-year effort that began in 1848 after the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. The convention included a resolution that women should seek the right to vote. 
 

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