With every new technological innovation, thousands of new jobs are created and new skills are needed. As a co-founder of AboutWeb, an information technology (IT) government contractor based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, I became increasingly concerned over the years that people in economically-challenged areas were getting left out of the ongoing technology boom. IT jobs were filled by foreign workers, and I wondered whether these IT jobs could be filled by unemployed Americans with a little bit of training; many of these IT positions don’t even require a degree.
Originally published Nov. 20 in The Forward and republished here with permission.
I’m a non-Jewish Latina who works at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
I love this work. I’m proud of this work. I’ve taken up the cause of fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry because, as a Latina, I can’t simply be concerned with anti-immigrant or anti-Latino hate. To be effective in building a more equal and just society, I believe deeply that I have to fight all forms of hatred. And that includes the hatred of Jews.
Readers over a certain age will remember a distinctive series of television commercials that ran during their favorite TV shows in the 1980s. Featuring impoverished children — their suffering visible on their little bodies or by their dire surroundings as a celebrity voiceover urges viewers to donate 70 cents a day or $20 a month to sponsor food, medicine, etcetera etcetera — these commercials became so prolific that they were parodied on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “In Living Color” and the organizations they represented drew scrutiny from investigators and journalists who looked into their management and funding.
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a propaganda tool being utilized by Israel’s Arab neighbors to do what they haven’t been able to accomplish through multiple wars of aggression and decades of terrorist atrocities targeting Israel’s civilian population — destroy Israel.
The United Nations (U.N.) was founded in 1945 upon the loftiest of principles. The U.N. Charter, among other things, resolves to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.”
However, anyone who has observed the behavior of the U.N. is aware that the institution has descended far from these magnificent goals. There is one small nation, Israel, which is constantly singled out for excessive and disproportionate condemnation.
A recent study from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that the daily number of American veterans who commit suicide has decreased from 22 to 20 a day — a small improvement, but a step in the right direction. The leading cause of veteran suicide is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder where the person has intense and sometimes disturbing thoughts about a traumatic event that can lead to severe psychological suffering. It is very common in veterans that have combat experience, and after almost two decades of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have a lot of veterans with combat experience and many with PTSD.
Incentives for terror include having your house rebuilt after its demolition. Best real estate deal in the Middle East.
On Nov. 17, an Arab teenager used his family car to ram 70-year-old David Ramati just outside of Efrat, Israel; Ramati was moderately injured. The driver sped on to ram another Jew at the Gush Etzion Junction, this time mauling Even Ezer Holaring, a 35-year-old father of five children, who remains in a coma. Ramati’s first response to the media was to comment on the big, wide smile that the Arab teen sported as he tried to kill him.
Almost every day in the past year, I have spoken to people across the country about the Singles Uniting Network (SUN) initiative, which brings single men and women together on a monthly basis to facilitate matches for themselves and their friends. The aim of SUN is to empower singles by helping them capitalize on their personal networks to propose potential matches for their single friends, people whom they’ve dated in the past but were not for them, and so on.
I had the pleasure of attending the IAC (Israeli American Council) conference in DC this past week. I love their mission to engage Israeli Americans with American diaspora Jewish life and to engage them along with their children in identity building, learning, and Israel advocacy. As a Jewish professional and as a Jewish mother, I was forced to think about the cultural differences between the Israeli American community and the established Jewish American community and institutions. IAC has changed my perspective on Jewish engagement and how these two community identities are disconnected while having common goals. That is a powerful take away.
Jewish communities have survived slavery, persecution, poverty, and mass expulsions. Despite the existential threats over the millennia, Jews have found a way to sustain Judaism for more than 3,800 years.
Comparatively, Jews today thrive throughout the world. We have a strong homeland, robust Jewish philanthropy in America, and a continuum of ultra-Orthodox through secular Jewry living in freedom on six continents.
Imagine Israeli men and women shopping in the bazaars and souks (marketplaces) of Al-Taif and Al-Riyadh, mingling with Saudis and other Arabs. It is entirely possible that friendly interaction between these nations can occur.
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