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Life for LGBT+ Students at Maimonides

by JOSH SCHOENBERG '19  This article was published in the January 2019 volume of Spectrum: the Maimonides School Student Newspaper  This is the first part in a series of 2 articles about the LGBT+ experience at Maimonides.  The Maimonides Upper School Handbook, as of September 6, 2018, contains a statement on page 12 about "students [more]

Call Me By My Name

GABRIEL KLAPHOLZ GUEST COLUMNIST AT YALE NEWS   Don’t make eye contact. Don’t make too much noise. Definitely don’t make it obvious that you’re eavesdropping on that couple’s conversation two seats down. New York City subway cars have an unspoken etiquette. The overarching trend? Anonymity. The most important rule of sitting in a silver train [more]
Rebooting Hanukkah

Rebooting Hanukkah

The meaning of the holiday changes -- and that might even be the meaning of the holiday Published in the Times of Israel December 7, 2018 What is Hanukkah? This is how the Talmud begins its short foray into the origins of Hanukkah. Remarkably, there is very little material in the Talmud on Hanukkah. While [more]

Confessions of an Orthodox mother and father of an LGBT child

December 6, 2018 Confessions of an Orthodox mother and father of an LGBT child Thank you so much for your compelling article about the experience of Orthodox parents of LGBT parents (“They just want to be regular people,” November 30). As longtime members of the Bergen County Orthodox community and parents of an LGBT child, [more]