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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.

A brief, recent history of the swastika in Spokane

During the 12 years I’ve lived in the Northwest, I have experienced very little direct anti-Semitism. Sure, non-Jews have asked me questions that revealed some degree of ignorance about Judaism. But I haven’t woken up to a swastika spray-painted on my house.

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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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We the (Pod) People: The “Body Snatchers” films as cultural snapshots

The main thing I’d heard about the “Body Snatchers” movies was that they employ their shared premise (alien invaders eerily impersonate humans) both literally and as a metaphor for some societal concern of the day. In fact, each film does dramatize significant fears and values relevant to its era.

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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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