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12/16/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In 2007, I co-led a service trip to Louisiana with NYU’s Imam Khalid Latif for 30 campus student leaders, 15 Jewish and 15 Muslim. It was one of the first such missions in the U.S. Our theory in bringing people together whose views ranged from pro-Hezbollah to pro-settlement was that the best place to start in building a relationship is shared values, community service, and understanding each other’s religion.

12/15/2013 - 19:00 | | Opinion

Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this essay was published in the Dec. 13 issue of The Jewish Week.

Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love.  Jewish leaders, from Netanyahu (Israel), to Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein (South Africa) to America, praised his greatness.  Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”

12/14/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

J Street U student leaders across the country have all had “the conversation.” It’s the moment when your Hillel director calls you into her office and tells you like it is: “If I support the work you’re doing around Israel, we could lose a major funder. It’s either you or $50,000 that will benefit all your peers.”

12/09/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

How open should campus Hillels be? This is not a trivial question, and should be treated seriously now that the Swarthmore Hillel student board, in line with a national group called “Open Hillel,” voted to defy Hillel International’s guidelines by opening their doors to anti-Israel speakers and groups.

12/10/2013 - 19:00 | | Opinion

When the World Economic Forum announced the top trends for 2014, based on responses from its network of world leaders, widening income disparities was number two. Inaction on climate change was number five.

12/09/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love. Jewish leaders, from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (to South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein to President Obama, praised his greatness. Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”