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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.

Ask A Jew: What are your thoughts on Bernie Sanders?

I agree with some of the criticism of Bernie, such as the question of how someone as progressive as he is could hope to work in any productive way with a Congress that’s unlikely to fill up suddenly with socialists and Green Party members

The Reich stuff: The unexpected wisdom of Trump-Hitler memes

Still, the vast majority of Hitler references in social media not only weaken the writer’s argument but may trivialize or even insult the experience of Holocaust survivors and victims.

Takeaways from Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s visit to Temple Beth Shalom

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, ever since I encountered Moment magazine’s article “The Gospel of Amy-Jill Levine.”

Matzoh isn’t Jesus: 10 misconceptions about Jews and Judaism

Being Jewish, especially in a very Christian place like Spokane, means frequently having to deal with misconceptions about your cultural and religious traditions.

Ask A Jew: What are the most important rituals in the lifetime of a Jew? (Part 2)

Male infants are traditionally welcomed into the Jewish community on their eighth day of life through the brit milah ceremony, which includes circumcision.

Ask A Jew: Who Are The Gentiles?

A word of Latin origin (from "gens"; "gentilis"), designating a people not Jewish, commonly applied to non-Jews.

Marseille, Torah, and loving the (stran)ger

We have been strangers in so many lands over the millennia.

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