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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

02/17/2016 - 08:35 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Quietly, with the forethought and grace that has distinguished the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies as a trendsetter in Jewish life since its launch three decades ago, the foundation effectively shut down at the end of 2015. With much of the operation closed and staff diminished, this year will be one of “spend down,” completing commitments to prior obligations but no longer entertaining new grant proposals.

02/10/2016 - 09:31 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Danny Danon would seem to be the unlikeliest of choices to be Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, especially at such a sensitive time for Jerusalem in terms of its image in the international community.

01/27/2016 - 08:46 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Roger Cohen and Ari Shavit have much in common. They are both prominent columnists for their respective newspapers — Cohen with The New York Times and Shavit with Haaretz, the left-leaning Israeli daily. They each are the authors of recent, highly personal memoirs: in “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel,” a bestseller, Shavit writes of his strong Zionist feelings as well as what he sees as Israel’s moral shortcomings; Cohen’s “The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family” traces his family’s displacement from Lithuania to South Africa to England, the U.S. and Israel, and the toll it took, particularly on his mother.

01/19/2016 - 21:51 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Last January, Michael Douglas was “blindsided,” in his words, when he was asked to accept the Genesis Prize, a $1 million award known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

01/13/2016 - 08:44 | | Editor And Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Fed up with ethical lapses among Jewish leaders that have “reached crisis levels,” more than 350 scholars, authors, rabbis, cantors and Jewish community activists have signed onto a “declaration” that is challenging individuals and organizations to act with more transparency and accountability, and in accord with Jewish values.

01/06/2016 - 09:53 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Even as Israel endures daily “lone wolf” attacks from young Palestinians prepared to die for the cause of spilling Jewish blood, American Jewish leaders confide that generating support for the Jewish state is becoming increasingly difficult these days — even within the Jewish community, and especially among younger people.