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Neal Schindler

Neal Schindler

A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for Jew-ish.com from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now a member of Spokane’s Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and also works as a copy editor at the Spokesman-Review. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, baby son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

The need for interfaith support in times of threat

Would TBS accept, in the near future, something like 2012’s Arms of Compassion event at Spokane’s Sikh temple? An event of that type for the Jewish community happened on Yom Hashoah that year, after initially being cancelled due to security concerns. The swastika at TBS confirms that such concerns are not trivial.

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Denominational dilemmas of an interfaith life

Although I have known and admired many Jews who might call themselves traditional, I’m not likely ever to do so myself. As I understand it, Hyphen’s worldview may represent Conservative Judaism more than mine, which skews Reform (if we’re handing out labels).

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Checking his privilege: A response to Tal Fortgang

For a while I’ve been meaning to address the controversial essay “Checking My Privilege,” by Jewish college student Tal Fortgang. At Princeton, Fortgang’s fellow collegians apparently advise him to check his privilege on a regular basis.

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