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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

10/24/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Waltham, Mass. — The last national Jewish population study, done in 2000-2001, was pretty much a disaster.

Sponsored by the North American federation movement — then known as United Jewish Communities and now Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) — the extensive $6 million survey was plagued by cost over-runs, lost data and disagreements among various experts in the field over its methodology and the validity of its conclusions, including the number of Jews in America.

10/17/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

When a call for a Kol Nidre service among Jews protesting near Wall Street produced a huge response virtually overnight — press reports on the number who participated on Yom Kippur ranged from 500 to more than 1,000 — it was more than just an example of Twitter power.

10/10/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Two years into making a full-length documentary, which will have its New York premiere Saturday night, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain realized what was missing.

“I watched all the footage” for the project, about what it means to be connected in the 21st century, “and saw that it was all about ideas, it was all about the head and not about the heart. I wasn’t exploring emotional connectedness.”

10/03/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

The quintessential Jewish joke takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur. The elderly rabbi arrives first at the small synagogue early in the morning, long before services, walks to dark corner of the sanctuary and begins to plead quietly with his Maker.

“Oh Lord, have pity on me, I am like the dust of the earth, a speck in the universe…”

09/26/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

What happens when two Jewish imperatives — the tribal instinct to ensure the survival and growth of the Jewish people, and the Torah-based mandate to maintain our highest ethical standards — clash?

I saw those tensions played out last week at The Conversation, the Jewish Week-sponsored, two-day annual conference that brings together a cross-section of 50 American Jews, lay and professional, leaders and emerging leaders representing a wide range of ages, interests, backgrounds and beliefs.

09/19/2011 - 20:00 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Walking through the small, neatly kept Congregation Kneseth Israel cemetery in Annapolis, Md., last Friday was, as usual, a bittersweet experience.