Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

06/14/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Today’s federation is not your grandfather’s federation.

It seems that every Jewish periodical I read expresses concern about the next generation’s commitment to Israel and our Jewish heritage. This was the focus of a Jewish Week op-ed (“Mentoring the Next Generation While We Still Have Them,” April 29). In this article, Rabbi Lawrence Zierler discusses what many perceive to be a struggle for the federation to “articulate a message to its future generations of potential leaders.”

06/14/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Children sometimes ask, as mine did when they were younger, why, if there is a Father’s Day and a Mother’s Day, is there no Children’s Day. Although it’s not the response that I used, the classic one is that every day is Children’s Day.

06/07/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Words matter. I’m thinking specifically about the brouhaha concerning President Barack Obama’s words to Benjamin Netanyahu and the prime minister’s response a few weeks ago. In his State Department speech, the president said that the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state “should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” and went on to speak of “secure and recognized borders.”

06/07/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The Opinion piece by Rabbis David Rosenn and Jill Jacobs on the pride and joy Israel evokes and their intention to march in the Celebrate Israel parade (“Marching For Israel, With Love And Criticism,” May 27) is an important statement by two highly respected colleagues of the Jewish progressive left.

06/06/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

For persons below a certain age, the idea that "any person" could be sent to jail for using "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception" must seem preposterous.

05/31/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I had the privilege of being one of 120 participants at a unique conference that took place in mid-May. Siach (conversation) was a gathering of Jewish social justice and environment professionals from Israel, Europe and the United States.

Funded by the Commission of the Jewish People of the UJA-Federation of New York, the gathering was coordinated by three organizations: Bema’aglei Tzedek (Israel), Jewish Social Action Forum (U.K.) and Hazon (U.S.).