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The Conspiracy - July 31, 2015 2 Comments

Yes, Orthodoxy is still to blame

Yesterday, I was reminded that the world in which I grew up — the Orthodox world — is one toward which I feel a sense of affinity, but also fear. The stabbing at Jerusalem Pride, carried out by a man who committed a similar crime a decade ago, confirmed this for me. I can love the Orthodox …

New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 26, 2015 1 Comment

Nice Jewish girl seeks same for legal wedding

On October 11, 2009, I woke up in my best friend’s apartment at 5 a.m. We had a bus to catch to D.C. We were going to the National Equality March. Before that, though, we had something to do. Together we’d decided we would come out on Facebook, in honor of the march and National Coming Out Day. …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - June 18, 2015 0 Comments

BirthWrong explores Jewish culture outside Israel

In May, BirthWrong gave students the opportunity to travel to Spain to learn about communism, the Spanish Civil War, and Jewish culture outside of Israel. BirthWrong was founded by the left-wing British organization Jewdas as a response to Taglit-Birthright Israel, an organization that takes Jews …

New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 11, 2015 0 Comments

Student journalism is no joke

Two Jewish nonprofit employees walk into a Christmas store. Then what? This isn’t the set-up for a joke. There’s no punchline here. If you’re me, you walk around feeling divided between a sense of familiarity and a feeling of foreignness. If you’re my predecessor Derek, maybe it all just …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 4, 2015 0 Comments

Let’s All Be Traitors

Treason has been on my mind a lot the past few weeks. In the Jewish world, the website Canary Mission – which seeks to create a “blacklist” of pro-Palestinian activists – has caused a controversy. Many of those profiled on the site are Jewish – including New Voices contributor Tom Pessah; …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - June 3, 2015 0 Comments

Life as a Jew at Catholic U

Choosing a college was the first big choice I had ever made. I knew Seton Hall University gave away good scholarships, was close, and I figured I had nothing to lose. Two months later, I was accepted to their six year B.S.E. Elementary/Special Education/M.S. Speech Pathology program. The first time …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - June 2, 2015 0 Comments

Jewish Students Will Not Stand Idly By

American students are more likely to die from gun violence than car accidents. It seems as if we serve as potential targets wherever we go. The horror that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School is still remembered around the world, but perhaps the most tragic thing about it is that almost 100 …

The Conspiracy - June 1, 2015 0 Comments

Modern Orthodoxy: Stop Appeasing Orthodoxy

 In January 2014, Rabbi Avi Weiss’s conversions were called into question by the Israeli Rabbinate. At the time, this was the most prominent example of the differences between the Orthodoxy’s left and right wings, as well as the growing gulf between American and Israeli Jewries. This gulf …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 28, 2015 0 Comments

Losing My Monarchism: A Jew in the Motherland

Some people go to the United Kingdom and develop a love for the royal family. I went to the U.K. and became strongly anti-monarchist. Don’t get me wrong: the current Queen is fantastic, and the British monarchy is one of the most fascinating traditions alive today. But there’s something I find …

The Conspiracy - May 26, 2015 0 Comments

Can I Eat Meat and Be an Environmentalist?

As a child who had made the decision—to my parents’ chagrin, at least in part because for the better part of my childhood I ate little other than various combinations of dough, tomato sauce, and cheese — to become a vegetarian, Shavuot was one of my highlights of the Jewish calendar. It was …

Arts & Culture, Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - May 21, 2015 0 Comments

A Magazine for All ’70 Faces’ of Our Community

It started over a cup of coffee. I had just gone to Israel and was eager to continue learning about that illusive country I had just been exposed to. Courtney Strauss had just started her new job as Director of Engagement of the Hillel Jewish University Center at the University of Pittsburgh and …

The Conspiracy - May 18, 2015 0 Comments

Reanalyzing That Damn Survey Again…Again

  “American [Jew]s are fleeing organized religion.” This was the big takeaway from the Pew Report in 2013 (I feel a not insignificant embarrassment that we are still quoting it) and another report released last week on the state of American religion in general, both of which found that many …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - May 5, 2015 0 Comments

How Guilford Hillel Became Guilford Chavurah

At 8:17 a.m. on a rainy Thursday morning, a group of nine Jewish students at Guilford College decided to make a change. Rather than continuing to label themselves as a Hillel, the students decided to dub themselves Guilford Chavurah, meaning “group of friends” in Hebrew. “I want it to be a …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 4, 2015 1 Comment

Dear Orthodox Leaders: LGBTQ Jews Don’t Need Your Sympathies

The Shabbat of Parashat Akharei Mot-Kedoshim— the Torah portion that was read in many synagogues this past Saturday morning — is always a painful one for me and many other queer Jews. The verses it contains concerning the prohibition of male homosexuality have long been used as justification for …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - April 27, 2015 0 Comments

Let’s Make Yom HaAtzmaut About the People

Every year, even if I celebrate it differently and even as my perceptions of Zionism and the Jewish State become evermore complicated, Yom HaAtzmaut always evokes in me a certain special nostalgia. It was only once I was no longer forced to celebrate the holiday like I did in elementary and high …

The Conspiracy - April 20, 2015 1 Comment

Who Really Are ‘The Jews’: More Questions About Jews and Race

  We here at New Voices seem no strangers to the question of whether or not the Jews are white. Yet the wider American Jewish community tends to go back and forth on the issue, especially now that racial tensions in this country have reached a boiling point. Despite the advancements made in the …

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