As Iran continues a policy of delay and division in the face of international concern about its nuclear weapons program, it is time for the Obama administration to reconsider one element of its strategy. That would be to find ways to support a growing movement within Iran that rejects the repressive rule of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the entrenched fundamentalist clerics in power.
As we have said before, there are no easy answers as Iran moves ever closer to the nuclear threshold.
The most surprising finding from a new census of Jewish day schools for the current academic year is that while enrollment has declined, the drop has not been nearly as steep as many educators and communal officials had predicted.
At a meeting on Tuesday here convened by the Avi Chai Foundation, representatives of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community day schools discussed why and how most schools were able to retain students at a time of serious economic recession and what lessons can be learned going forward.
It’s been a year — a long and difficult one for many — since Bernard Madoff became an international symbol of greed and immorality. And it has been a year of fitful recovery from a financial meltdown that brought the nation to the brink of catastrophe.
Have we learned from our mistakes? Are we — as individuals, a community and a nation — taking the steps necessary to prevent a recurrence of these disastrous events? The answers are mixed, but on the whole positive.
In world events, as in human relations, “reality” can be debatable, since we view it through the prism of our own values, beliefs and convictions. One man’s gesture of friendship is another’s excuse for antagonism.
These are angry times in which we live. The Internet and cable television provide fertile soil for growing rage on the right and the left; both ends of the political spectrum are rife with conspiracy theories singling out scapegoats for national woes, real and imagined. And those who dare criticize the fomenters of rage themselves become targets.
Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about the economic crisis in Jewish day school education, with rising tuitions and shrinking family incomes combining to make the prospect of enrollment an increasing hardship for many.
What is promising, though, is that more people are becoming aware of the importance of day school education as one of the community’s most effective means of ensuring Jewish continuity. And there is a growing recognition that the economic burden should not be solely the responsibility of day school parents.