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Human Trafficking: A Global as well as Local Crisis

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 7PM RIDGEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER, VILLAGE HALL, 131 NORTH MAPLE AVE. Suburban communities like Ridgewood are not immune to the problems of human slavery and trafficking, which have reached crisis proportions all over the world. Kate Keisel, Director of the NJ Polaris Project, founded 10 years
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Engraved Pavers: Community Archive and Our History

There, written in stone, are memorials to departed loved ones, tributes to the young, messages to future generations and remembrances of those past, as well as a record of Society accomplishments over the years. The messages on this beautiful path give a welcoming greeting to both long-time members and first-time
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Charter School Forum Report and Video

NY1.com documented the Forum on Charter Schools held on Sunday June 24. The topics were: Are charter schools a boon or a bane to communities in New Jersey? The administration of Gov. Chris Christie promotes charter schools, but the research on their effectiveness is mixed, and the public is divided, with strong
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About Teachers: We Have A Lot to Learn

by Ed Gross When the topic is teachers and education, common sense often flies out the window. Judging the fitness of teachers by the results of standardized tests may seem logical on its face, but if we apply a little common sense it’s anything but. Why? Because kids are not commodities. How a class does […]
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Psychological Context of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

While the Security Council concentrates on Iraq, the agencies continue their daily work. The psychological context of the Middle East conflict is a major concern. Question–does the sight of fresh-faced Israeli and Palestinian teenagers embracing each other in a video project inspire hope or rage? The video
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American Justice Through Immigrant’s’ Eyes

Photographic Exhibit At The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ The exhibit was a moving visual presentation of the horrific conditions endured by asylum seekers, detained in maximum security detention centers for no other reason than trying to gain freedom from oppressive conditions in their countries of
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The Spread of Democracy

For the past two decades democracy has begun to spread all over the world. In its annual Human Development Report of 2002, the UN focused on democracy and its role in improving people’s lives. By the year 2000, 140 of the world’s nearly 200 countries held multi-party elections. In practice, only 82
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