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The Jewish Agency after Sharansky
The day before Natan Sharansky was appointed to a second term as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the former Soviet political priso...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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The need to move forward
Last week’s presidential election revealed not so much a nation divided, as it did a society whose residents inhabit two very different realities — with the apparent inability of those who live in ...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pushing back at the Wall
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was critical of American Jewish community leaders who were involved in staging a march to the Kotel, or Western Wall, on Nov. 2 as part of a protest to res...
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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A return to civility
Americans used to talk about election-related violence and contested balloting in other countries with a degree of smugness, confident that it couldn’t happen here. Not anymore. This year’s preside...
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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UNESCO cannot change history
There was at least one piece of good news after votes by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, over the last two weeks that effectively denied the Jewish ...
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preparing the people for peace
When President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia won the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 7, his country had just narrowly voted to reject the peace treaty he had negotiated to end a half-century of civil wa...
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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RCA must stand behind the conversions performed by its members
Let us begin with the facts: Converts whose conversions were conducted according to halachah, or Jewish law, are 100 percent Jewish. In the eyes of God and Torah, they are full Jews, just as Jewish...
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dreaming of health care
Despite reports that the Affordable Care Act is in danger of being obliterated after the election, enrollment in the health insurance marketplace reopened Nov. 1 to high demand, with more than 100,...
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Relentless collaboration a hallmark of effort to repair a fractured world
As fall turns to winter, I am increasingly aware of the importance of service organizations’ role in effecting social change. As American Jews were celebrating the New Year on Rosh Hashanah and ack...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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The illiberal world of Stephen Bannon
In considering the furor around President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon, the CEO of the hard-right news website Breitbart, as his chief strategist, let’s start with the pe...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Making sense of an historic election
Like so many, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Donald Trump’s victory. And like so many, I thought Hillary Clinton was a horribly flawed candidate. She was running in an election where “popu...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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When the ‘emperor’ has clothes
A week after an historic election, we are witnessing an historic epidemic of mass hysteria. Shock, surprise and dark anger abound. Houses and condos are going up for sale in California as Californi...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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A milestone anniversary for Sivitz Jewish Hospice
Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom Jonathan Sacks has written that there is no Hebrew word for “optimism.” But we do have a word for “hope.” He explains that optimism is passive. It is merely...
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Summer campers at Reform Jewish camp in Indiana struck by lightning
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Jul 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Three children were struck by lightning Saturday, June 28, at the Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) in Zionsville, Ind., near Indianapolis. GUCI, a Reform Jewish summer camp, serves children in t...
Marlo Thomas inspired a nice Jewish girl, and still does
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
I was 4 years old when “That Girl” premiered on ABC in 1966. “Batman,” starring Adam West, had premiered just a few months earlier. When I overheard my 15-year-old sister and my mother talking abou...
The Palestinian economy: Why we should care
by Alan Elsner, Guest Columnist
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — A new report from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University paints an alarming picture of a Palestinian economy on the West Bank on the verge of collapse. The report, by Ephraim La...
A new way to think of ourselves: ‘tribal’ and ‘covenantal’
by Gary Rosenblatt
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Rabbi Sidney Schwarz recalls the exact words of a comment from a liberal rabbinical student that disturbed him profoundly. “We were at a retreat, and he said to me, ‘I didn’t go to rabbi...
Erasing the borders
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
At a recent panel discussion about the past, present and future of Squirrel Hill, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO Jeffrey Finkelstein made a frank and correct observation ...
A rabbi considers Pope Francis’ relationship with the Jews
by Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Guest Columnist
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a long tradition of Jewish jokes wherein a rabbi has a private audience with the pope. In these comedic stories, the conversations between the two are often conducted in a counterintuitive...
In defense of Samantha Power
by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Every once in a great while — far too rarely, to be sure — an individual acquires near-iconic stature in a given field of human endeavor. Samantha Power, whom President Obama has appoint...
Political theater
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, Iranians went to the polls and elected a so-called “reformist” candidate to be their next president. This development may constitute change of a sort, but here’s the critical point: It’s...
Foreign policy wishes for Father’s Day
by Joel Rubin
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
As a father, I feel responsible not only for my three little girls’ health and well being, but also for their emotional security, their education and their safety.  Because of this, I believe that ...
Letter to an Israeli pioneer
by Rosanne Skirble, Guest Columnist
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Raffa: You came into my life and married my mother when I was 10.  You asked my permission and let me try on the engagement ring first.  I accepted you as my father.  We had the wedding at our...