Editorial

Get Them While They’re Young

03/08/2011
Editorial

Faced with an aging population, low birth rate, economic recession and increasing jitters about Israel’s standing in the international community, American Jewish organizations are seeking new ways to reach and engage young Jews — and ensure their own future.

Ohel, Where’s The Beef?

03/08/2011
Editorial

The Jewish Week finds itself, unfortunately, in a war of words with Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services. To be clear: we have no animus toward the Brooklyn-based social service agency or any other Jewish organization; our mission and goal is to report the truth, as best we can, and inform and strengthen the Jewish community. Sometimes that makes for hard feelings.

De Facto Settlement Freeze

03/01/2011

Settlers in Israel are complaining bitterly that Jerusalem has instituted a de facto freeze on new construction even though it is unofficial; critics of Israeli policy continue to complain bitterly that building is continuing, impeding the peace process.

Welcome to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s world.

Hopeful Signs On The UN Front

03/01/2011
Editorial

In an international arena that is always quick to criticize Israel and slow — to put it charitably — to find fault with her adversaries, the outcry against the violent repression of protestors seeking an end to the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Kadaffi has been a welcome development.

‘Unjust’ Policy On Aliyah For Converts

02/22/2011
Editorial

The Israeli Interior Ministry, under Shas party leadership, appears to have exceeded the limits of tolerance, even among Orthodox leaders, in its latest move that would in effect prohibit a number of Orthodox converts from making aliyah.

A Good Veto At The UN

02/22/2011
Editorial

The Obama administration did the right thing last week by vetoing a United Nations resolution on Israel's settlements policies that would only have set back a peace process that the Palestinians, who pushed hard for the measure, claim they still support.

Budget Battle Begins

02/15/2011
Editorial

On Monday, President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.7 trillion budget outline that includes significant cuts to a number of human service programs. Congressional Republicans quickly countered that the cuts are insufficient to rein in a runaway deficit that is projected to hit a staggering $1.65 trillion this year.

Israel And Egyptian Democracy

02/15/2011
Editorial

Much has been written in recent days about Israel’s unease over the pro-democracy surge that led to the ouster of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak. Critics have accused the Jewish state of hypocrisy — always touting its status as a genuine democracy and arguing that peace can be made only with other democracies while tilting in favor of Mubarak’s repressive reign in the interests of security and stability.

No Mention Of Tefillin

02/15/2011

In his article on the latest crisis in the Conservative movement, “United Synagogue Turns Inward” (Feb. 11), Stewart Ain lists as one of the reasons “that the best and brightest” are migrating to post-denominational or Modern Orthodox settings.

I fully agree, and point out one example why this is happening.

Helping Jews Fight Fair

02/08/2011
Editorial

How are we to respond when Jewish cultural institutions are accused of hurting Israel’s cause by presenting exhibits, films or performances critical of particular aspects of the Jewish state’s policies?

These complaints have been heard of late from a small but vocal number of critics of the JCC in Manhattan and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, two institutions with a proud record of supporting Israel and Jewish artists, nurturing their work and helping to create and strengthen Jewish identity, culture and community.

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