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There’s a science to empathy, and an art to explaining it
In the middle of an explanation about a band of nerve fibers in our brains, Josh Kornbluth has a question. He grabs his phone ...
We’re silent on hate crime; Eli Valley is no good; hope in the Negev
J. silent on local hate crime? On April 1, an “elderly Jewish man” was attacked in a Palo Alto Starbucks. He was called a ...
Historian’s podcast distills what ‘Jew Oughta Know’
Back when Jason Harris helped lead young Jews on more than a dozen Birthright Israel trips, it would irk him that he had so ...
Big federation changes reflect the current reality in the Bay Area
A dramatic shift in our Jewish communal landscape has been announced this week: The Jewish Federation of the East Bay and its ...
‘Law & Order’ episode touches on Ilhan Omar tweets and MAGA hat teens
Whether or not you are a fan of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a recent episode of the long-running crime procedural “Law & Order: SVU” may ...
I’m using this space to write about time
Archaeologists believe that people began marking time more than 20,000 years ago. Every great culture of the world created ...
Reutlinger families seek assurances about home’s Jewish character
After the Reutlinger Community announced in March that it planned to affiliate with a nondenominational senior care nonprofit ...
Time to close the gender gap in Jewish organizations
Will our future be female? As I reflect on last summer’s allegations against sociologist Steven M. Cohen — who resigned as a ...
We are working with ProPublica to document hate incidents. Here’s how you can help.
With anti-Semitic incidents being reported in even greater numbers around the world, some leading to deadly violence, J. is ...
A journey into the Holy of Holies — in a Latter-day Saints temple
Last Monday morning, I found myself in an unexpected place, sitting silently with a group of Bay Area journalists in the ...
AJC to honor two superstars of S.F. Jewish community
Purely by coincidence, this year’s AJC Distinguished Civic Leadership Award winners happen to be named Moses and Aaron. Ring ...
It hurt to learn I wasn’t considered Jewish or Christian
Dear Dawn: My father is my Jewish parent and my parents did not raise me and my siblings with either of their religions. ...