Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Since the beginning of January, I have been on a tour of North America and have seen over 400 Conservative rabbis face-to-face or conducted extensive phone interviews with them.

What am I looking for?

I have been reaching out to my colleagues with the question: “As a rabbi, what are you are trying to accomplish in your community? How does your Torah inspire your community to bring change in their lives and the world?” In the aggregate, their stories are a lens on the Conservative movement today.

03/16/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

We love the Maccabeats. Like most of their day school friends, our kids have been singing “Candlelight” since December.

03/15/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Amid the tens of thousands who have been demonstrating in Moslem countries from Libya to Yemen and Bahrain, no anti-Israel signs could be seen on TV screens, nor have news media reported any Israel-related demands from the protesters.

03/15/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Six years into the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, no one would argue that the Church’s relations with the Jewish people during his tenure have been characterized by ups and downs, positives and negatives, seeming to suggest an unevenness in his approach so far toward Catholic-Jewish relations.

But one historic gesture earlier this month registered as a complete positive for the Church’s relations with Jews — the publication of Pope Benedict’s new book, “Jesus of Nazareth, Volume II.”

03/15/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I first heard of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg some 45 years ago when a high school rosh yeshiva, recognizing my fascination both with history and with the then-emerging Orthodox left, encouraged me to take Rabbi Greenberg’s courses at Yeshiva University. This month I was privileged to host a reception at the American Jewish Committee honoring the rabbi and educator’s career upon the publication of a festschrift, a volume of scholarly essays in tribute to him marking four decades of intellectual leadership and Jewish public service.

03/15/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The recent release of a draft strategic plan for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is simply the latest indicator of the challenge facing non-Orthodox Judaism in the United States. The USCJ press release was accompanied by data showing that the movement has lost 14 percent of their affiliated families since 2001, and twice that percentage in the Northeast Region.