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Neal Schindler

Neal Schindler
A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. 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. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

Interview with artist Melanie Lieb

Local artist Melanie Lieb Taylor exhibits her collection, “Echo: A Visual History of Anti-Semitism,” opening June 2 at the Saranac Art Projects gallery.

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Are pets members of the family?

“Do Animals Have Souls?” How we answer that question should significantly influence how we interact with and think about animals. And if their spiritual makeup is a crucial large-scale question, their status in the context of family life is an important smaller-scale question. Is a pet a member of the family, or merely part of the household?

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Why Mike Pence’s dining doctrine irks me

I have always had more female friends than male ones. Coming from this background, I found much to think about -- and, let’s be honest, joke about -- regarding Mike Pence’s 2002 statement that he does not, as a matter of personal policy, dine alone with women other than his wife.

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Ask a Jew: How do I explain God in Jewish terms to a 4-year-old?

My kid is asking things like: Where is God? What does God look like? How come I don't hear God? … So someone more knowledgeable: Do Jews believe God is everywhere and in everything? Is God all powerful and all good? Do loved ones go to "heaven"? What can they even understand?

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Ask A Jew: What is shiva?

After the burial, mourners return home (or, ideally, to the home of the deceased) to sit shiva for seven days. Shiva is simply the Hebrew word for seven.

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