Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

02/08/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

At my daughter’s bat mitzvah celebration on Oct. 31, 1981, I was nervous, excited, joyful and awed at the sight of a 12-year old girl standing on the bima of our Conservative synagogue, reading a large section of the Torah portion from its scroll, then chanting her haftarah.

02/02/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Never Again!

These words express the determination of all who vow never to allow another Holocaust against anyone. Yet these words are being abused by a new national tour entitled “Never Again For Anyone,” a program that seeks to link the atrocities committed against the Jewish people by the Nazis to Israeli governmental policies.

02/01/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

By now it’s old news: Baby boomers are redefining aging, Jewish boomers are disengaging from community life, and the Jewish community is not well-prepared.

The salient question: Is the Jewish community ready to define our future by creating a just society that reflects Jewish values and respects the aging boomer population? Or will we simply allow the December 2010 Pew Research report, “Boomers Approach Age 65 Glumly,” to become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

02/01/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Even as many sectors of the American Jewish community struggle to return to pre-crash contribution levels, the Israel advocacy sector is booming once again. With challenges to Israel’s legitimacy coming from both outside and inside the Jewish community, significant new resources are flowing to those organizations that are seen as defending Israel from its detractors.

But more effective than all of the defense and advocacy strategies would be an effort to strengthen the fabric of Israel’s democracy. The threats abound.

01/25/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On Jan. 15, the people of southern Sudan completed a weeklong vote that will likely break Sudan, Africa’s largest country, in two. Why?

01/18/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Some years ago, I wrote a book about marriage, and the theme I heard again and again from people I interviewed was the importance of communication. “Communication” was the buzz word of the times. In contrast, if there’s anything we have plenty of these days, it is communication. People are on their cell phones and iPads constantly — talking, texting, e-mailing or connecting through social networks.