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Recently, well-known celebrities and politicians have made headlines for their scandalous cyber activities. US Congressman Anthony Weiner used Twitter to send sexually suggestive pictures of himself to adult women and underage girls, Jerry Harris, star of the Netflix docuseries Cheer solicited child pornography from underage boys through Snapchat, and Congresswoman Katie Hill stepped down after serving only five months when nude photos of her were distributed both online and by a tabloid without her knowledge or consent.
Even in the middle of a UN-declared Code Red climate crisis, oil and gas corporations are planning new drilling projects. Subsidies from the federal government are largely used to reduce operating expenses and fossil fuel production would probably become unprofitable without them, an argument that climate activists have been using for years.
Sixty percent of eligible voters are never asked to register. Reach out! ASK friends, relatives, neighbors to register to vote. Don’t know how? Where to go? Visit https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml. Voting Questions? Call 1-877-NJ-VOTER...
“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”
After historic voter turnout in 2020, 18 states enacted 30 laws that restrict access to the vote (between January 1 and July 14, 2021) while at the same time at least 25 states enacted 54 laws with provisions to expand voting access. This deepens a national divide where the right to vote appears to depend on where in the USA you live.
NCJW Dismayed by Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision, Vows to Fight to Ensure Equitable Access to the Ballot Box
n response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:
“The decision by the Supreme Court in favor of Arizona’s restrictive voting laws will negatively impact voters across the country—particularly those who are already marginalized. By allowing the laws in Arizona to remain in place, the Court has further weakened the Voting Rights Act, and once more demonstrated the need for Congress to take action to pass the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Our popular Clergy Learning Series—under the outstanding direction of Our Jewish World, coordinated by Melanie Levitan and Ilene Dorf Manahan—is poised for another year of fascinating insights from our local clergy. So mark your calendar—all Thursdays at 1 p.m. at this point—for these amazing upcoming programs, with more details to come!
Our Jewish World Learning Series Oct. 7, 14 and 21: ‘Jewish Rituals, Beliefs, and Bubba Maysehs in the 21st Century’
In Jewish tradition, it is often challenging to understand the reasoning behind certain rituals, beliefs and practices, and what their relevance is today. An insightful and engaging series, titled “Jewish Rituals, Beliefs and Bubba Maysehs in the 21st Century,” will be presented and facilitated via Zoom by Rabbi Shalom Lubin on Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21 at 1 p.m. This program is part of Our Jewish World, coordinated by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan.
We don’t usually think of European Jews in Italy, but Jewish history in Italy dates back more than 2,000 years, according to Andrea Grover, an adjunct professor of humanities at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Andrea, who teaches courses on Italian Cultural History and Italian Jewish History, will give a wonderful program for our Section on Wednesday, October 6, via Zoom, titled “Jewish Italy from Sicily to Piedmont.” This program is being coordinated by our Programming Committee, headed by Debbie Schwartz.
Esther Mwekali from Kenya will be preparing Kenyan Chicken Pilau, via Zoom, on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. The recipe is in the Diversity Coalition’s online cookbook if you would like to check out the ingredients needed.
Three starting points:
1. HR1 /S1: For the People Act of 2019
“. . . in 2019, the House of Representatives passed HR 1, the For the People Act of 2019.