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When Universal Pre-K is Not Universal

February 12, 2015, by

“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.” That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor’s pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York

And Nothing But the Truth

February 10, 2015, by

We may be jaded and we may be cynical but the sad reality is that we don’t expect that our political leaders are going to tell the truth. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” “Read my lips, no new taxes.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” “I am

No Jew Left Behind

February 9, 2015, by

Urge Mayor de Blasio to make NYC’s universal pre-K program truly universal – email him now. In his State of the City last week, Mayor de Blasio bragged of having provided seats for 50,000 kids in his “universal pre-k” program. Well, not quite “universal”: It bars nine out of 10 kids at Jewish day schools.

OU Calls on de Blaiso for Orthodox Jewish Inclusion in UPK Program

February 5, 2015, by

After nearly a year of advocacy, working to ensure that New York City Jewish day schools would be included in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has launched a campaign in New York City calling on the mayor to “Make Universal Pre-K Universal.” The campaign is targeted to raise

Still Single? Maybe Your Local Government can Help

February 2, 2015, by

The local council of Beit El has come up with an original way to deal with the bachelorhood issue in the community: The council has begun employing matchmakers to help single women start a family in Israel. The initiative was launched following the rise in the number of unmarried women aged 23 to 30. The

In Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2015, by

This Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which we observe in commemoration of the life and accomplishments of a great American. In tribute to Dr. King, Rabbi Weinreb composed this brief message: There is a tragedy that we remember this week, not a particularly Jewish one, but a universal tragedy. I speak of the

When The Terror Hits Home

January 15, 2015, by

Last Saturday night, a day after the terror attacks in Paris, my father called to say that my uncle, Philippe Braham, was killed as he was checking out at the Hyper Cache kosher supermarket, just before Shabbos. He was murdered in a neighborhood I know well, Porte de Vincennes, a few minutes away from my

The Fate of French Jewry

January 14, 2015, by

The attacks last week on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket in Paris shocked the world with their brutality and complete disregard for innocent human lives. Unfortunately anti-Semitic incidents against French Jews are nothing new. In recent months they have been growing in intensity and frequency, including an anti-Israel