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Editorial & Opinion | Editorial

02/17/2016 - 08:46 | Editorial

For the first time ever, the White House is hosting an event to mark February as Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month. The speakers include a rabbinical student with autism, and this week’s program draws advocates for American Jews with disabilities — an estimated 20 percent of our community — and leaders and representatives from a variety of Jewish organizations and foundations.

02/10/2016 - 09:30 | Editorial

International pressure on Israel to initiate and carry out a resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians is mounting. But the latest peace proposal from France, including a statement by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, is a perfect example of diplomatic bias against Israel. It delays rather than advances prospects for serious negotiations. That’s because in calling for an international conference, Fabius asserted that if the conference fails, France will recognize a Palestinian state.

02/10/2016 - 09:29 | Editorial

The Conservative movement, once the great center of American Judaism, has fallen on hard times, as have many sectors of modern Judaism. In 1971, the Conservative movement was the largest denomination, with 41 percent of American Jews affiliating. Today, the movement is down to 18 percent of American Jews, less than that among Jews younger than 30.

02/03/2016 - 09:16 | Editorial

All Jews should take pride in the historic compromise reached by the Israeli government this week in providing dignified access for prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest place.

01/27/2016 - 09:58 | Editorial

The announcement this week that publisher Mortimer Zuckerman is launching a $100 million program to promote scientific collaboration between the U.S. and Israel is welcome news on several levels.

01/27/2016 - 09:57 | Editorial

About 15 years ago, when Natan Sharansky was minister of housing in Israel, he spoke of his frustration in having the Palestinian Authority reject an Israeli plan to help build modernized housing to replace Palestinian refugee camps. The reason, though not stated explicitly, was that there is more benefit to the Palestinian cause in having “homeless refugees” than families living in an enhanced degree of comfort.