Gary Rosenblatt

Tough Love, Times Two

Prominent columnists chide Israeli policies that alienate young Jews.

01/27/2016 - 08:46
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Roger Cohen and Ari Shavit have much in common. They are both prominent columnists for their respective newspapers — Cohen with The New York Times and Shavit with Haaretz, the left-leaning Israeli daily. They each are the authors of recent, highly personal memoirs: in “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel,” a bestseller, Shavit writes of his strong Zionist feelings as well as what he sees as Israel’s moral shortcomings; Cohen’s “The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family” traces his family’s displacement from Lithuania to South Africa to England, the U.S. and Israel, and the toll it took, particularly on his mother.

Journalistic jousting: Roger Cohen, left, and Ari Shavit at Jewish Week Forum. Michael Datikash/JW

Douglas Taking Jewish Pride On The Road

With rekindled identity, Genesis Prize-winner embarks on college tour; urges community to be welcoming.

01/19/2016 - 21:51
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Last January, Michael Douglas was “blindsided,” in his words, when he was asked to accept the Genesis Prize, a $1 million award known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

Speaking out: Actor Michael Douglas in front of his Manhattan apartment with editor Gary Rosenblatt.

Seeing ‘Crisis’ In Jewish Ethics, Group Urges Reform

Rabbis, academics say recent breaches ‘make mockery of Jewish values’; offer new blueprint.

01/13/2016 - 08:44
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Fed up with ethical lapses among Jewish leaders that have “reached crisis levels,” more than 350 scholars, authors, rabbis, cantors and Jewish community activists have signed onto a “declaration” that is challenging individuals and organizations to act with more transparency and accountability, and in accord with Jewish values.

Gary Rosenblatt

Frustration With Israel Is Growing Here At Home

The hard fact is that Israel’s leadership is moving in a direction at odds with the next generation of Americans.

01/06/2016 - 09:53
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Even as Israel endures daily “lone wolf” attacks from young Palestinians prepared to die for the cause of spilling Jewish blood, American Jewish leaders confide that generating support for the Jewish state is becoming increasingly difficult these days — even within the Jewish community, and especially among younger people.

Gary Rosenblatt

My ‘Horrorscope’ For 2016

The JW's editor predicts next year's major news stories: Snooki for Veep!

12/30/2015 - 08:49
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OK, so 2015 was a bummer. But we are a people with a tradition of looking to the future with hope — and having a sense of humor.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Year Of Living Dangerously

Paris attacks, the Iran deal rancor, the stabbing intifada — and a ray of hope.

12/23/2015 - 08:37
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For many of us, 2015 cannot end soon enough.

It has been a year punctuated by Islamic terror attacks, first in January, in Paris, at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. It culminated with the Friday night slaughter across Paris in November and, as if to underscore the spread of murderous ideology to our shores, the shooting deaths of 14 innocents at a Dec. 2 office party in San Bernardino, Calif., by a young couple committed to the cause of the Islamic State.

Gary Rosenblatt

Moving Charedim Into Israeli Workforce

In conference here, funders grapple with crisis over lack of employment.

12/16/2015 (All day)
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Israel has “an existential problem.” No, it’s not a nuclear Iran, or ISIS at the northern border.

It’s charedim (also known as ultra-Orthodox Jews), too few of whom have adequate secular education and too few of whom have jobs to support their families — a situation that threatens to turn Israel’s economy into a “Third World” one. The problem is especially grave given that charedim are the fastest-growing segment in the Jewish state’s population.

Gary Rosenblatt

Strategy Emerging On Adelson BDS Effort

Big-money Maccabee Task Force analyzing focus-group data, pushing collaboration, exec Brog says.

12/08/2015 - 19:00
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David Brog, the 49-year-old head of the new, Sheldon Adelson-funded, multimillion-dollar effort to combat BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel), is well aware of the high — and no doubt unrealistic — expectations among pro-Israel advocates for him to succeed.

Gary Rosenblatt

My Nomination For ‘Word Of The Year,’ And Why

'Double down' symbolizes how world events have become so out-of-control scary this year.

12/01/2015 - 19:00
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Call me old-fashioned, but I was disappointed to learn that the recently announced Oxford Dictionary “Word of the Year” wasn’t even a word.

Gary Rosenblatt

What Ezra Schwartz Means To Us

Emulating Israelis, families like his allow faith to trump fear in their calculations about what’s best for their children.

11/24/2015 - 19:00
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The tragic death of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old native of Sharon, Mass., who was spending his gap year at a yeshiva in Israel, hit about as close to home as possible in the Modern Orthodox community in the U.S.

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