Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

08/24/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week Online | Opinion

Women got the vote 91 years ago this week, but too many of us are still not exercising this most precious right. Single women, in particular, don’t vote in the same numbers as their married sisters, yet are in greater need of government policies and programs that will ensure them a brighter future. Indeed, in 2010, the “marriage gap” -- the difference in voter participation and voter behavior between married women and unmarried women -- was 30 points.

08/23/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 In August 1991, race riots erupted in Crown Heights and an innocent Jewish student was murdered in response to the accidental killing of an African-American child. After the murder, the Rev. Al Sharpton came to the neighborhood and further whipped up an already incensed crowd, leaving some in the Jewish community to demand, 20 years later, that we forever shun Rev. Sharpton. My friend Rabbi Marc Schneier generated criticism for inviting him to the Hampton Synagogue to participate in a panel discussion.

08/16/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It was supposed to be a final act of compassion for a terminally ill man. Instead it was a terrible mistake, indeed an error of epic proportion that should never again be repeated

Two years ago, on Aug. 20, the Scottish government released Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence agent and terrorist convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Megrahi had served just eight years of his 27-year prison sentence.

08/16/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

 Jewish life on campus is the best of times for some students, but for most it is the worst of times. Consider the University of Pennsylvania, my alma mater, whose Jewish students represent about 25 percent of the student body. There is a vibrant Jewish community centered at Hillel, as well as Chabad and other Jewish organizations, but the majority of Jewish students just aren’t involved in Jewish life on campus.

08/12/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Just a year after economists say the “Great Recession” ended, instability and market crisis are rearing their ugly heads again. For the Jewish community, the ongoing economic turmoil may again threaten many of our institutions that depend on philanthropic support to sustain us culturally, spiritually, and — often — physically. However, as the Jewish community enters a new period of financial uncertainty, we need to recognize that going into “crisis mode” misses the opportunity to learn important lessons and make real strategic changes.

08/09/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

We had a death in the family last month, and we are all full of sorrow. Strictly speaking, Barry Weinstein was not a member of my family. He was my son-in-law’s father, connected to my husband and me only through our daughter’s marriage. But that “only” speaks volumes. Once a marriage takes place, the couple’s parents share things with each other that they don’t share with anyone else, including their closest friends.