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More on the AJ Congress - and the perils of progressive domestic activism

The other day I blogged about the sad demise of the American Jewish Congress and laid much of the blame for its protracted demise on its decision to turn away from the progressive domestic focus that was its traditional bread and butter.

A caller with long connections to the group took me to task.

Is the Clergy Life Unusually Stressful?

08/05/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

On the first of this month, just as my vacation was beginning, the New York Times published (on its front page!) an article about the phenomenon of “clergy burnout.” I was, of course, touched by the fact that they had timed the publishing of the article to coincide with the o

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

New Threats As Crisis Deepens At Young Israel

Thirty-five congregations press for special meeting with leadership to amend constitution.
08/03/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The schism between the National Council of Young Israel and its member synagogues deepened this week amid fears by some congregants that the donations they make to their local synagogues might be subject to seizure by the National Council.

Those concerns surfaced in the wake of the recent aborted attempt to seize the assets of a member synagogue in upstate New York. 

Judge Kindly

08/02/2010 - 20:00

‘Judge everyone favorably,” teaches the Mishna. In my years in the rabbinate I have found this is a principle we observe very strictly when it comes to ourselves. We always put our own actions in a favorable light: “I was only trying to help!” or “I only said it out of concern” or “I’m not mean — you are too sensitive!” But when it comes to others, we are too willing, even eager, to assume unflattering motivations. 

Outsider Art, From An Insider

Gary Shteyngart is still training his satiric gaze on the immigrant experience, Jewish and otherwise.
08/02/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

‘I don’t feel any need to disassociate with Jews,” said Gary Shteyngart, the phenomenally popular 38-year-old writer whose third novel, “Super Sad True Love Story,” released last week, is chock full of them.

Gary Shteyngart

Date My Kid, Please!

07/19/2010 - 20:00

It’s a story as old as the Bible for a Jewish mother to want to marry off her single son.

But Geri Brin took the stereotype a step further when her profile of her son Colby launched a new online dating program.

“Date My Single Kid” is a subpage of the online lifestyle magazine, and it is growing in popularity since its recent creation.

My son the catch: Geri Brin and her son Colby.  Courtesy of Katherine McPherson, Fab Over 50.

Rotem’s Bill Promises But Doesn’t Deliver

07/19/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 Crises are a fact of Jewish life. Some are just a product of ephemeral Jewish angst or artificial hype and pass quickly. However, others have profound and long-term consequences. How these are resolved will affect tens of thousands of individual Jews as well as the future of the entire Jewish people.

Beyond Shehecheyanu: Innovative Firsts that Deserve to be Observed

07/19/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

There's a first for everything, and every first deserves something - but what?

Most New York Jews probably don't remember their first visit to South Florida, aka the "sixth borough". However, no matter how many times my family heads to South Florida to visit my parents, my twins Jacob and Sophie find some new "first" to delight in.

Hanky Panky on a Shul Board

07/15/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q - I'm a shul president and I've just discovered that two of my board members have been carrying on an affair, using board meeting nights as cover for their trysts. I like them both and they are very hard workers. I like their spouses too. I'm not sure what to do. Do I confront them? Do I tell the rabbi? Do I kick them off the board?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

The Education Of Jim Joseph

07/13/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

 A Holocaust refugee, Jim Joseph emigrated with his parents from Austria as a small child in 1938. He grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and after graduating from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he entered the real estate business, buying commercial property on the West Coast, including in what would become Silicon Valley. 

Jim Joseph: Realized late that he wanted to reach beyond day schools.
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