First Person

12/06/2016 - 15:54 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Last month, in my role as chairman of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, I was one of several people invited by members of the New York City Council to testify in support of a resolution condemning all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel, including the global campaign promoting the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The resolution was sponsored by Bronx Councilman Andrew Cohen (D-11th) and co-sponsored by 34 other council members.

11/08/2016 - 13:09 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

I recently returned from a first-time trip to Berlin. I had heard all the buzz about Berlin, about its hipness, about its cutting edge art scene, about how cheap and accessible it is. But I’d had no real interest in visiting. 

10/28/2016 - 10:21 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

There were so many reasons we were looking for a house. For starters, our rambunctious young sons and their toys had outgrown our two-bedroom apartment. We needed a guest room for visiting family and a dining room for Shabbos meals with friends. There were other things a house would bless us with, treasures we would discover only later. But in the beginning, what we wanted most from a house was the swath of grass it sat on.

10/11/2016 - 13:31 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

It was my first day of school. A group of my new classmates surrounded me and asked that most critical of questions: What team do you root for?

09/06/2016 - 12:28 | | Special to The Jewish Week | First Person

‘It is true that You alone are the One who judges,” reads our High Holiday liturgy. As I prepare for the upcoming Days of Awe, I’m reminded of my own recent encounter with our justice system.

08/16/2016 - 12:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

It’s rare for great people to turn up in your life at precisely the right moment.

I didn’t recognize it immediately but such was the case when I met Rabbi Neil Kurshan at the Huntington Jewish Center, on Long Island, more than two decades ago. Newly married and anticipating the birth of a child, I was interested in drawing closer to Judaism.