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Mary Greenberg

Classes began this week at the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri and have or will be starting soon at college campuses across the country. The rise in anti-Semitism on American campuses is alarming, and likely due to the toxic combination of destructive groups and ineffective academic leaders.

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Susan Lebovitz

When you see or if you know anyone associated with the Flo Harris Foundation, please express appreciation to them for allowing me to do outreach in the Jewish Community regarding the importance of healthy relationships, and specifically defining and addressing unhealthy ones. Additionally, I hope the wonderful anonymous donor who enabled me to attend the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) Domestic Violence Professionals Fly-In that took place in Chicago sees this article! This quick but powerful conference attracted professionals from across the nation addressing education, prevention, safety, and the importance of learning how abuse (of any nature) affects a person and family during their life span.

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Victor Bergman

As I compare the prospects of congressional approval of the Iran nuclear accord versus disapproval of it, disapproval is the lesser evil, by far. I am guided by my belief that Iran will become a nuclear nation soon without the agreement, and in the next 10 years with the agreement. Either way we are going to be facing a nuclear Iran in the near future. Can Congress influence what Iran will look like? I believe so.

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The Iran deal currently in the news is one of the most significant issues to face Israel, but I will not be speaking about it on the High Holidays or Shabbat. Right now, this issue is dividing Jews throughout this country, and I believe that we need to work toward finding ways to come together to love and support Israel, and for this love and support to cross religious denominational and American political boundaries. While I have opinions on the Iran deal that I will share in this article, I also have great respect for those that disagree with me and a profound desire to create a sacred space at our synagogue that brings us together as much as possible.

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Lisa Schifman posed with an IDF soldier while visiting Israel last month.

During an exercise near the end of the recent Jewish Federation of North America’s Campaign Chairs and Directors Mission to Tbilisi, Georgia, and Israel, we were asked to select a photograph taken during the mission and describe why it was our “aha” moment. After looking through hundreds of photos taken on our journey, I carefully chose one of our group smiling and posing with young, handsome Israeli soldiers at Kibbutz Kfar Aza, near the Gaza border.

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“Open Up the Iron Door” by Rabbi Avi Weiss. (Toby Press, April 2015)

When I lived in New York in 1960s and was active in Zionist circles, I recall being part of demonstrations and walks for Soviet Jewry. “Let My People Go” was the chant I remember most but “one, two, three, four, open up the iron door” was undoubtedly also part of our mantra. 

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Rabbi’s recommendations are ‘delusional’

Rabbi Mark Levin approves the Iran deal, saying of his inability to understand the arguments against it, perhaps “everyone else knows something I don’t know.” Well, rabbi, everyone else does. They know Obama is the only person who ever held a royal flush and let himself be bluffed out of the pot. With the backing of five major nations, all he had to do was to tighten the sanctions and Iran, with its economy already buckling, would be paralyzed. Now their oil taps will be open, and hundreds of billions of dollars released to fund terror throughout the world.

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We must speak out

Most rabbis will not speak about the Iran situation during the High Holidays. They are afraid of insulting part of their audience, which pays their salaries.

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Congressman Kevin Yoder

President Obama last week accused members of the Republican Caucus of “making common cause” with Iranian hard-liners. He stood by those remarks while appearing on this weekend’s Sunday shows. The president would rather bluster about Republicans acting hand-in-hand with those who chant “death to America” than acknowledge the dangerous facts about his nuclear agreement.

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The US Congress will vote on the Iran deal around Sept. 17, during the Ten Days of Awe that fall between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. That gives members of Congress and concerned citizens like us less than seven weeks to read the 159-page document, digest it and make a decision.

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Iran, the proposed destruction of Israel, Obama and Kerry

I applaud the K.C. Jewish Chronicle for publishing the articulate column by Mr. Ben Cohen (July 30, 2015). Mr. Cohen describes the Iran/Obama/Kerry “executive agreement” as a lousy, feeble deal. Among his points: why claim “24/7 continuous monitoring” when the Iranians have 24 days to approve inspections? Why take Qassan Solaimani, responsible for the death of American soldiers, off the sanctions list? Does it bother Team Obama that Iran’s Supreme Leader addressed a “Death to America” rally a day after the deal was announced?

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