Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/18/2014 | | Opinion

While the debate rages around intermarriage and Jewish continuity, it’s important to remember that: dual faith families make up some 25 percent of all the intermarried, according to Pew; they are interested in religion; without attention, they are likely to drift entirely away from any religion; and with attention, they offer real promise to sustain connections to Judaism and open avenues to greater engagement.

03/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Sometimes a simple sentence by a nation’s leader can do more to build trust than volumes of words and speeches.

Never would this be more true than in the cases of two of the most volatile issues in the Middle East — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iran nuclear challenge.

03/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In his article in the current issue of Commentary Magazine, Daniel Gordis of the Shalem College in Jerusalem continues a theme he developed in the winter issue of the Jewish Review of Books in which he seeks to unravel what went wrong with the Conservative Movement, which has seen its place on the American scene reach its current nadir. Coming from a position where almost 50 percent of American Jews were affiliated with the Conservative movement in the 1950s, based on the data provided by last year’s Pew Study, it has now plummeted to 18 percent, and dropping fast.

03/18/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Siberia.

The mere mention of the place conjures images of frozen tundra, extreme hardship, and of course, the unimaginable horrors of the gulag. But for me, my husband Phil, and the seven other intrepid travelers who journeyed with us on our annual 10-day trip “out there,” Siberia is a surprising Jewish oasis, even in minus 30-degree temperatures.

03/17/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

This winter, we had the opportunity to visit Bat Melech, Israel’s only shelter for religious victims of domestic violence, at its Beit Shemesh facility. We spent spend time with the residents and their many children.  It was heart-wrenching to hear from these women about what they endured, but it was simultaneously heartening to see how they were building a new life for themselves. 

03/14/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion
Samuel Lewis, who died this week at the age of 83, was a Yale man, a career diplomat with a wealth of experience, a person of compassion with an open mind, an appealing demeanor, and a good friend with a great sense of humor. He was also very smart.