Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/20/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The conversation about women’s leadership has flared up again, both inside and outside the Jewish world, after the abrupt dismissal, with minimal explanation, of the New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson.  She was the first woman to hold that position, and she serves as a cautionary tale for those of us “leaning in” hard and for those who argue that leaning in is all it takes.

05/16/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Our community has seen astonishing shifts around what kind of conversation is “allowed” when we talk about Israel. Last month, over 300 students gathered at the first ever J Street U Student Town Hall to discuss this shifting landscape. We invited Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International’s CEO, to join us. Though he originally committed to attending, he canceled due to scheduling issues.

05/13/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In the effort to win the growing political war against those seeking to delegitimize Israel, unity and coordination among diverse groups is essential -- just as in a shooting war involving guns, tanks, missiles, and terror. On university campuses, among church groups (the Presbyterians are voting on an anti-Israel divestment resolution in June), labor unions, and other venues, these attacks are multiplying. A divided Jewish community, fighting over the definition of “pro-Israel,” is not what we need now.

05/13/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court eroded the high wall of church-state separation in the U.S.

In Town of Greece vs. Galloway, a 5-4 majority ruled in favor of allowing the town council to begin its meetings with a prayer conducted by clergy, who — given the local population — are almost always Christian.

05/13/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Last month’s vote to exclude J Street from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella group representing the American Jewish community’s interests in Washington and abroad, has shone a bright light on the dangerous direction some of our community’s leaders seem determined to take us.

05/13/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

After the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations voted not to accept the membership application of J Street, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, published a statement critical of the vote. He acknowledged that Conference procedures, which he could have questioned long before the J Street vote was held, were properly followed. Rabbi Jacobs seems to allege that a cabal of small right-wing members excluded a major Jewish organization because that organization espouses disagreeable views. Rabbi Jacobs seriously miscategorizes both the vote on J Street’s admission and the issues underlying the vote.