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October 2015


Since my first day working on the Syrian refugee crisis, the response of the Jewish community has been inspiring.

by Mindy Grinnan

This Shabbat is known as Chol HaMoed Sukkot; we read from Exodus 33:12-34:26.

As an engineer, I constantly question and seek to understand the meaning of our sacred texts. It seems to me that the Torah is a blueprint as to how we should live our lives and is designed to teach people right from wrong, how to eat healthy without refrigeration, how to perpetuate the Jewish people, how to survive, etc.

people serving food in a soup kitchen

News of Speaker of the House John Boehner’s (R-OH) resignation from Congress next month shocked the country.

Tyler Dratch

Earlier this month, new data was released by the U.S. Census Bureau announcing that the gender wage gap is the smallest it has ever been. But, hold your excitement, because the age gap has only closed by one penny! The data found that women are now only paid 79 cents to every dollar paid to men. In previous data released in 2014, women were paid 78 cents to every dollar their male counterparts were paid. At this rate, women will not reach full pay equity until the year 2059. Unfortunately, pay discrimination doesn’t stop at 79 cents, because the wage gap is greater for women of color. African American women are paid only 60 cents and Latinas are paid a mere 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Pay equity also varies by state, ranging from 65 cents to every dollar in Louisiana to 90 cents for every dollar in Washington D.C. Here you can see the gender wage gap in your state.

Tracy Wolf