Jewish education provides our young people the space to learn about their heritage and culture, to understand themselves as individuals and as part of a larger community. This enables them to build their desire and capacity to serve others, to develop strong values that will allow them to make good decisions and develop healthy relationships in their lives, to build their leadership skills so that they may take an active role in making the world a better place, and to know that wherever they may be in the world, they have a community.
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Each year, at Hanukkah, I reflect on the story beyond the story. In the face of the pervasive power of Hellenism, a popular uprising in Judea, led by the Maccabees, succeeded in pushing back Syrian-Greek forces, rededicating the Temple and establishing a dynasty that governed Judea for a century. Yet, self-rule – much of the time characterized by internal conflict -- under that dynasty lasted only a century and, a century beyond that, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans.
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Recently, a court order was issued in connection with a case brought by a number of private religious schools relating to state mandates during the pandemic. The text of the stipulated order – an agreement between plaintiffs and the state – reads as follows (full text).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAMUEL A. FRYER YAVNEH ACADEMY, et al., Plaintiffs, v. GAVIN NEWSOM, et al., Defendants. No2:20-cv-7408 (JAK) (PLAx)
STIPULATED ORDER OF DISMISSAL (JS-6)