The author and publishers of a new book on Anne Frank's plight have turned one of the few at least partially upbeat stories of Jewish life and thought during the Holocaust into one of Jewish perfidy and treachery. The timing couldn’t be worse: antisemitism is flourishing once again, and Holocaust memory is diminishing.
Mya and Deanna Cook, 15, were both excellent students, but they had been kicked off school sports teams, banished from prom, and sentenced to hours of detention for refusing to change their hair. When these twin sisters were punished by their Boston-area high school for wearing braided hair extensions, ADL helped them change their school’s controversial hair and makeup policies, which unfairly targeted students of color.
Six rabbis and seven pastors spent eight days in Israel visiting Christian and Jewish holy sites, meeting Jewish and Arab leaders and activists, and talking intensely, almost non-stop, about a wide range of religious, political, and personal topics that affect each of us as Jews, as African-American Christians, and as citizens of the United States.
On Rosh Hashanah, we take time to pause to reflect on the year that has passed, and what we hope for in the year ahead. We celebrate the New Year as an opportunity to press the “reset” button, with hopes that the coming year will bring a brighter future for our people, and for the world we share together with everyone.