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Israel Advocacy Calls For Embracing Complexity

02/19/2015

People like to say that living in New York transforms us into creatures who are cut from the toughest cloth, but I have Israel to thank for my most fortifying experiences. I’ve lived and worked there during a time of war, have felt and seen rockets explode overhead, have hiked through miles of hidden villages and have gotten thoroughly lost in the crevices of her old cities. The most transformative night I’ve had in the country, however, happened not at the Kotel or Masada, but on a still December evening in an unassuming village near Dimona.

Looking For A Job, Peres Finds His Humorous Side

10/08/2014
Editor and Publisher

The world has long known that Shimon Peres has a talent for statesmanship, having been a national leader in public service for some seven decades. Now we find out he has a sense of humor, too.

Shimon Peres in a screen shot from his grandaughter's satiric video. YouTube

NYU Calls For Probe Following ‘Fliergate’

Process of ‘restorative justice’ in wake of fake ‘eviction’ notices distributed by Palestinian students.

04/29/2014

In response to the distribution of fake eviction notices at two NYU dorms last week, school officials have prescribed both an internal judicial investigation and a mandatory dialogue process known as “restorative justice.”

More than 2,000 students at Palladium woke up to find fake eviction notices. Miriam Lichtenberg/JW

Opinion: A Plea For Dialogue, Not More Stunts

Hillel director says a genuine effort at understanding needs to replace the downward spiral of name calling and social media warfare.

04/29/2014
Skirball Executive Director, Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU

Last Wednesday night, members of Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU (NYU SJP) slipped mock “eviction notices” under the doors of 2,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students in their residence halls — a violation of several of NYU residence hall policies — to protest Israeli “ethnic cleansing.” Some Jewish residents, upset by the intrusion and the content of the notice, assumed that they had been specifically targeted by the fliers and claimed that the act was anti-Semitic. To my mind, the content was highly inflammatory and I identify with their instinct to respond. They then called for judicial action towards NYU SJP, which the student group and some faculty then countered, impinged on SJP’s right to freedom of speech.

Rabbi Yehudah Sarna

NYU Dorms Flooded With 'Eviction' Notices

Action aims to draw attention to ongoing Palestinian reality.

04/24/2014

Note: This story was corrected on April 28 to reflect that the fliers were distributed at two dorms rather than one, and that neither dorm has a reputation for having a particularly large Jewish population. 

NYU's Palladium Hall was reportedly flooded with fake eviction notices. Miriam Lichtenberg/JW

The Latest From The Jewish Quad

Former British chief rabbi has new bully pulpit, URJ’s Hebrew curriculum goes digital, the state of the art of adult ed.

Staff Writer
01/15/2014

When he steps to the head of the class later this month at New York University and Yeshiva University, former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks likely won’t be shying away from controversy. At NYU, where he’ll teach a graduate-level course on “Jewish Leadership in a Secular Age,” and at YU, where his undergraduate course will focus on Judaism and political theory, he says he’ll hit some touchy issues — his argument that American society is better aligned with Jewish principles than Israeli society, and the “inward” turn of traditional Jews.

Former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Pillar Of Defense: NYU's Pro-Israel Student Group's Response

12/07/2012

When crisis overtook the Israel-Gaza border on November 14th, we, as New York University’s pro-Israel political organization, were committed to reaffirming our staunch support for the State of Israel. Our fellow students are aware of what we have accomplished, and we wish to inform the greater community as well.

At NYU, our organization is made up of 10 board members, 16 committee members, and over 200 active volunteers. Although our university contains over 19,000 undergraduate students, we maintain a vibrant and productive presence.

Michelle Sarna, Empowering Orthodox women.

Staff Writer
05/22/2012

 

Michelle Sarna, 33

As a member of the New York University community for nine years, recently as an NYU Law School Tikvah post-doctoral scholar and previously as an NYU JLIC educator, Michelle Sarna was gratified when Shalhevet, NYU’s Orthodox student group, elected its first female president four years ago – succeeded by three more female presidents.

Michelle Sarna

NYU Apologizes for Yom Kippur E-mail

09/20/2010

(JTA) -- New York University's Office of Public Affairs apologized to students and staff for sending a mass e-mail on Yom Kippur.

In an e-mail sent to the university community, the office apologized for sending out the university president's academic year report on Friday evening, Sept. 17, the NYU Washington Square News reported Monday.

The report was supposed to be sent during the day on Friday, but as delayed due to technical problems, the letter said.

Tony Judt: An Appraisal

I remember reading Tony Judt's much maligned essay "Israel: The Alternative" when it was first published, in 2003, and not thinking much of it.  I had known Judt's work since my college days, and even interviewed him at his NYU office for a project I was then working on. But like most, I got to know him through his books and The New York Review of Books, where he published his Israel essay.

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