Natalie Portman's Directorial Debut & Paper Towns' Nat WolffBy Gerri Miller
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The Solomon Schechter Day School Association made no decision on whether to change their admission policies to allow the children of non-Jewish mothers, according to Sue Fishkoff’s update of last Thursday’s JTA story. Instead, Fishkoff says, the association’s board of directors “will continue the discussion” after the conference.
That’s not surprising; these kinds of decisions often take a lot of time and a lot of controversy. But it was nice to see that Rabbi Jerome Epstein continues to argue for a more welcoming attitude in the movement:
Fishkoff also quoted an anonymous education expert outside of the Conservative movement, who predicted a “big backlash” if the schools change their admissions policy.
In other news, our December Holidays Survey has been getting some good press. The JTA did a brief on the survey, which has been reprinted in a handful of papers, and Beliefnet wrote about the survey in a brief titled “Report: No ‘Chrismukkah’ This Year” in its ongoing coverage of the so-called “War on Christmas.”
Also, I recently spoke with Cassandra Spratling of the Detroit Free Press, who did a nice piece for the Sunday edition on interfaith families and celebrating the holidays.
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