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Meet Steve, Sarah, Eliana, and Jonathan.

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 29, 2013 1 Comment

Pew Survey Conversation (Part 2)

Part 2 of a 3 part series. Part 1 is here. 4.      Are the survey’s categories of denomination a useful marker of determining true religious affiliation/practice in today’s Jewish world? Dr. Steven M. Cohen, sociologist: Yes. Denominational identities can be meaningful for people as …

Meet Steve, Sarah, Eliana, and Jonathan.

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 28, 2013 3 Comments

An Inter-Everything Conversation About the Pew Survey

Part 1 in a 3 part series.   We might just be the last Jewish organization to respond to the big bad Pew Survey and we’re fine with that. It seems like every response so far is other people telling us what how we need to feel about it, whether we should be scared,  take it as a a dare to engage …

Campus & Community, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 23, 2013 0 Comments

Open Hillel for an Open Hillel

The Midwest does not get enough credit for its foundational role in the American Jewish community. However, the first campus Hillel was established in 1923 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In an atmosphere where Jewish campus life was largely non-existent, the first Hillel marked …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 17, 2013 0 Comments

Teach Modern Hebrew

Jewish education in American synagogues is often compartmentalized into a curriculum: an hour of Judaic Studies and an hour of Hebrew, twice weekly. Judaic studies includes watered-down lessons on holidays and Torah stories. Mastery of the alef-bet, the Hebrew alphabet, is often all students gain …

Arts & Culture, Campus & Community, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 14, 2013 0 Comments

“Real” Rape

When my roommate at USC, a film student with a pink streak in her hair, edited a documentary on rape, I remember the ambivalence I felt. This issue, I thought, was a closed book: a mandatory assembly on rape and consent, massive turnout for Take Back the Night demonstrations, “yes means yes and no …

New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 11, 2013 0 Comments

Can You Trust a Woman in Tefillin?: The Truth About Women of the Wall

Women of the Wall (WoW) was founded 25 years ago as a women’s minyan at the Western Wall to meet on the first of every Jewish month. A few years ago, some of WoW’s leaders started getting arrested for wearing non-“feminine” (read: colorful) talitot and tefillin in violation of a 2003 Israeli …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 9, 2013 3 Comments

Bagel-Chasers: On the Problem of Jewish Fetish

I don’t generally date non-Jews. I’m not snotty about genealogy, I think the treatment of those who intermarry is barbaric and exclusionary, and I would not be upset if I ended up marrying a non-Jewish man. That said, I do usually end up falling head over heels for young Jewish men who can …

The Conspiracy - October 3, 2013 0 Comments

My 21st Birthday was on Yom Kippur

My 21st birthday was on Yom Kippur. No, this isn’t the set-up of some Woody Allen-esque joke, but my real life (which often takes its cues from Annie Hall and Manhattan). When I mention this to people who ask me about my birthday plans, I always joke about it – how I could have a break-fast …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - September 25, 2013 1 Comment

Let’s Talk About Here!

Publications aimed for a queer Jewish audience, like any niche-aimed work, tend to concentrate on certain themes. There are your coming out to your community publications, there are your famous-queer-Jews publications, there are your “my story” publications. And then there is another trend: a …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - September 23, 2013 0 Comments

A New Year of Peace?

Just a few weeks ago, the White House released a video of President Obama wishing the American Jewish community a sweet New Year.  Obama emphasized the importance of the newly-resumed peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as the responsibility of American Jews to act to bring an …

New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - September 17, 2013 0 Comments

Jewish Life in the New York Subway World

The first thing you should know about the new editor is that I am new to New York, having moved here from my native Pittsburgh just after Rosh Hashana to captain this rickety little ship they call New Voices. The second thing you should know about me is that I have a long subway ride to and from …

The Conspiracy - August 27, 2013 0 Comments

Middle & High School Israel Essay Contest Winners

Back in April we invited high school and middle school students to complete the following sentence: “The thing they don’t tell you about Israel is…” as part of our inaugural essay contest. The entries trickled in, and intriguing reponses quickly appeared in our inbox. We want to thank all of …

The Conspiracy - June 3, 2013 0 Comments

Graduation! And it Feels So…

I went to my graduation. It was about as anti-climactic as I expected it to be: my gown was the same obscene shade of red as everyone else’s, I didn’t have enough time to shower before the ceremony, and the rain forced me to wear shoes. I know, these are all material concerns. But in twenty …

The Conspiracy - May 30, 2013 0 Comments

Why I’m Skipping My Own Graduation

Today was my college graduation and instead of attending, I’m at work writing about it—much to the chagrin of my poor mother, who has now had two children finish college with not one graduation ceremony to cry at. According to a very informal survey I just took, about a quarter to half of …

The Conspiracy - May 30, 2013 0 Comments

Learning to Love Iran

BBC World Service recently released the results of a 25-country survey determining how the world’s citizens view 16 countries and their influence on the world. Iran came at the very bottom of the list, with 15% of respondents seeing it as having a positive influence and 59% saying it has a …

The Conspiracy - May 23, 2013 0 Comments

Pluralism in Hillel must extend to Israel

Our very own Lex Rofes — New Voices opinions editor and student representative on the board of Hillel — has joined forces with J Street U President Simone Zimmerman for a truly cracking op-ed at JTA about Hillel’s pluralism shortcomings: (JTA) — Throughout our four years in …

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