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- The Future of the American Center November 29, 2016Donald Trump’s victory smashes traditions of party loyalty, presenting opportunities between the extremes.
- Does Decision-Making Matter? November 25, 2016Why are you interested in the things that interest you?
- Fellow Trump Critics, Maybe Try a Little Listening November 22, 2016Let’s take a break and see what’s going on.
- Win a Trip in 2017 November 30, 2016Announcing my annual win-a-trip contest for a student to accompany me on a reporting trip.
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- A Baby Court Offers Hope for Families November 28, 2016A court thinks big to address poverty.
- Mustard Seeds December 1, 2016The first chapter of Genesis is a grand liturgy of creation. The second chapter describes with existential immediacy the universal human longing for fulfillment. Subsequent chapters are given over to disaster and destruction. The primordial man and woman set human history on its path toward dissolution and death. We learn of the original sin, and […]
- While We’re at It December 1, 2016♦ An exchange of emails by Clintonistas, available courtesy of WikiLeaks , has provoked a great deal of commentary. The chain starts with a message from John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress. He’s writing to John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, and Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director. Continue Reading […]
- The Enduring Allure of Fidel November 30, 2016News of Fidel Castro’s death left me cold. The long-lived, wily, and ruthless dictator had maintained his grip on Cuba for almost fifty years, ensuring the oppression and poverty of his countrymen. But to most of the rest of the world, he had become irrelevant long ago. Continue Reading »
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- Isaac: Blindness, Aging And Disability In Genesis December 6, 2016“It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called Esau his elder son, and he said to him, "My son," and he said to him, "Here I am." [Genesis Chapter 27:1} Isaac’s problem with his vision is the first time that we confront an overt disability […]
- Accessibility Shabbat To Address Needs Of Visually Impaired December 1, 2016Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions. read more
- Remembering Benny Leonard And Other Boxing Greats November 30, 2016Many decades later the names of Benny Leonard, Abe Atell, Barney Ross, Maxie Rosenbloom, Lew Tender, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Louis “Kid” Kaplan and Benny Bass still evoke greatness. During the “Golden Age of Boxing,” they were the standard bearers of a powerful Jewish presence when winning truly mattered. In an age of undisputed champions and […]
- Dec. 3 International Day of People With Disabilities, Meaningful Or Hallmark Holiday? November 30, 2016U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities: "We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to 'leave no one behind'." If his words […]
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- Mystical Feet Performs A Family Drama November 23, 2016Yehuda Hyman learned all about his dreamy and displaced mom over a period of years. As a child he was fascinated by her exotic tales. In “Mar Vista,” a non-linear recreation of his childhood in theatre and dance, he is the only child of his parents in a seaside Los Angeles neighborhood with, in their […]
- The Joys of Thanksgiving: An Immigrant Family's Story in a New Children's Book November 18, 2016A funny thing happened when Baruch Silberklang brought home a live turkey on the J train. read more
- Assessing Our Relationships: Support And Special Needs Parenting November 18, 2016With 2017 approaching, it is a good moment to stop and take inventory of the people in our lives. Each person that comes into our life plays some kind of important role. Our relationships define who we are. The saying goes “You are the company that you keep.” Some of the people in our lives […]
December 3, 2016, 6:00am EST
I trusted the church, because it made sense. I understood that there’s another way to think, outside the closed, hidden, frightened, tough world I grew ...
November 29, 2016, 8:58pm EST
The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was a small oasis of Orthodoxy at 155 Cedar Street until it was destroyed by the collapse of the ...
November 24, 2016, 6:02am EST
We spent the day at houses of worship as they prepared for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2016, 8:00pm EST
They knew that they were on a journey in this world towards Heaven. For Thanksgiving, Journey is showing the 2 hour film "The Pilgrims."
November 23, 2016, 6:00am EST
Creator's Voice, Assafa Islamic Center, Puchao Temple, The Lamb's Church, Sea of Galilee Church
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn has begun!
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Sojourn. I didn’t make my mother smile.
Coming up in Brownsville, it was very…
- Manhattan Sojourn is a dance tap
- Thanksgiving SOJOURN on Eldridge Street God's Row, Lower East Side, Manhattan
- "Sorry, Hillary, not this time." Sojourn in #BedStuy, #Brooklyn
- Flushing, Queens Sojourn: "On Trump" at the Muslim Center of New York
This summer, Journey has been…
- Bedford Stuyvesant Sojourn -- Jerusalem Refrigerator Corporation
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Sojourn -- Willie Campbell at Friendship Baptist Church
- Flushing, Queens Sojourn --Religious liberty means good business in Flushing, Queens
- Manhattan Sojourn -- tap dancing for lunch!
- Manhattan Sojourn -- Tapping, "Good night!"
- Angela Merkel re-elected as leader of Germany's main conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union
BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel re-elected as leader of Germany's main conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union. […]
- Church matriarch gets jail for beating that killed teen boy
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The matriarch of a small New York church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a counseling session has been sentenced to two years in jail. […]
- Careful steps for Catholic Church tasked with pulling Congo back from crisis
By David Lewis and Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - The task of preventing Democratic Republic of Congo’s political crisis from spiraling into fresh conflict falls to the country’s Catholic Church, one of the few institutions to emerge from decades of turmoil with its credibility intact. The role as mediator of last resort illustrates the clout of the Church in Congo – home to some 30 million faithful – where Catholic leaders have long gone beyond their pastoral duties to fill the void left by an absent state, providing healthcare and schooling, and promoting human rights and democracy. In October, Congo’s President Joseph Kabila appeared to have secured the backing of regional leaders for an African Union-mediated deal with some opposition leaders to remain in power until April 2018, a year and a half after his second and last term in office ends. […]
- Ransomed: The race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) — Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State group — by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom. […]
- Accused South Carolina church shooter defended by attorneys again
Accused white supremacist Dylann Roof got his attorneys back on Monday, after changing his mind about representing himself in the first phase of his federal trial for the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church last year. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Monday granted a request that Roof had filed through a handwritten motion on Sunday. Roof's decision was "knowing, intelligent, voluntary and timely," Gergel said in a court in Charleston, South Carolina, where Roof stood before him in a gray and white prison jumpsuit. […]
- The Latest: Prosecutors say they need 7 days in church case
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shootings (all times local): […]
- Federal judge allows Dylann Roof to hire back his lawyers for guilt phase of trial in deadly church shooting
Federal judge allows Dylann Roof to hire back his lawyers for guilt phase of trial in deadly church shooting. […]
- AP PHOTOS: In Cuba, a near-religious farewell to Castro
In Havana's Plaza of the Revolution, hundreds of thousands paid tribute to images of Fidel Castro and signed oaths of loyalty to the socialist system he created. On the lonely roads of eastern Cuba, crowds waited for hours to salute the casket holding his ashes. […]
- Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church, a Putin project
PARIS (AP) — The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated a prominent new church Sunday near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence in Europe. […]
- Saudi Arabia names new labor minister, reshuffles religious and Shura councils
(Corrects Dec. 2 story to show Shura Council secretary-general, not head, replaced, paragraph 7) RIYADH (Reuters) - King Salman bin Abdulaziz has replaced Saudi Arabia's labor minister, state media reported on Friday, after recent statistics showed a rise in unemployment in the world's top oil exporter. In a royal decree read on state television, the king also reshuffled the country's top religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, and the Shura Council, which advises the government. State television said King Salman had appointed Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis as labor minister to replace Mufrej al-Haqbani. […]
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