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About tolerantamerica

On her recent tour for her book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, Lisa was inspired by the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American elected president of the United States, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about multiculturalism in America. To increase tolerance and understanding across communities, Lisa launched "A More Tolerant America" to feature guest bloggers, authors, activists, artists and other writers, who, like her, are multicultural. Klug's father is a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland and the descendant of a Spanish Jewish family that escaped the Spanish Inquisition. During her tour, Lisa encountered ignorance and bigotry toward Jewish Americans. As part of her campaign, this blog will giveaway books and other materials that promote cross-cultural dialogue.

Thoughts On Race and Gates

A Lesson for Jews in Gates’ Arrest? By Aliza Hausman Did you hear the one about the black Harvard professor who got arrested breaking into his own home? No, this is not a joke. It was the beginning of a … Continue reading

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Freeing the Captive

Pidyon Shvuim By Lisa Alcalay Klug A Jewish man and an African-American woman are both imprisoned, thousands of miles apart, under very disparate conditions. On this national day of mourning, Tisha B’Av, both deserve our attention. Noam Shalit, the father … Continue reading

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Grey Goose vs. Black Bear

The bridge between Russian-Jewish relations is paved with rail drinks. By Vicki Boykis Often, when I am at one Jewish gathering or another, people ask me where I’m from. These kinds of questions have been particularly loud lately, with Obama’s … Continue reading

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I Couldn’t Help But Wonder

By Lisa Alcalay Klug In the words of one of my favorite fictional writers, I couldn’t help but wonder… Is there really no such thing as bad PR? Earlier this week, a Republican National Committee (RNC) web site began promoting … Continue reading

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Could YouTube Have Stopped Hitler?

By Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman Simon Wiesenthal Center In his recent acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio said this before the Swedish Academy: “Who knows, if the Internet had existed at the time, … Continue reading

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Iran, From a Jewish Refugee’s Perspective

Roya Hakakian emigrated from Iran to the United States in 1985, seeking political asylum. Author, activist and filmmaker Hakakian discussed political upheaval in Iran on public radio today. Her interview is available online atWHYY’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. Hakakian … Continue reading

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1095 Days and Counting

Pidyon Shvuim — The Mitzvah of Freeing the Captive By Lisa Alcalay Klug In a little more than two months, Gilad Shalit will turn 23 — if he is still alive. Yesterday marked the three-year anniversary of Shalit’s abduction by … Continue reading

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