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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

11/25/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Whenever the issue of the Middle East conflict is raised, people invariably refer to the Palestinian refugees. They almost never refer to Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

11/25/2013 - 19:00 | | Contributing Editor | Opinion

Note: This is the first in a series of columns about online dating.

A few years ago, Paige  S., a dancer, moved from the West Coast to New York. A 40-ish divorcee, she was excited about starting over.

11/24/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It was one of those perfect Chanukah days, with my brother and I getting off the Coney Island bumper cars on the way to Kosher Country for hot dogs, when we heard "Dirty Jews!"

Before we had a chance to react in anger or fear, the two screamers were running full speed in the other direction.

11/21/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life as a scholar of American Judaism, with a special focus on figures at the center of Conservative Judaism, and I’ve spent most of those years enjoying the benefits of Conservative Jewish institutions, conversations and communities.

11/18/2013 - 19:00 | | Opinion

As someone who loves to eat and is proud to be an American, I would never be the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving. But I confess. I have not been swept up in the whirlwind excitement over Thanksgivukkah. The last time Chanukah occurred around this season was 1861, but President Lincoln only declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863.

11/18/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At the recent national convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Rabbi Ed Feinstein was reported to have said, “The house is on fire,” as a way to signal to Conservative congregations that the hour is too late for synagogues to think about modest changes in the way they do their business. Since the 2000 publication of my book, “Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews can Transform the American Synagogue,” I have worked with many congregations and rabbis across the denominational spectrum about strategies to move their institutions from the current paradigm — the synagogue-center — to a new paradigm, the synagogue-community, which is far better suited to address the changing reality of American life and the next generation of American Jews.