Gary Rosenblatt

Is AJCongress Jack Rosen’s Show?

Is he reviving or hijacking the national agency?

05/08/2013
Editor And Publisher

What’s your definition of a “major national Jewish organization”?

Could it be made up of less than 20 people?

Don’t laugh. Consider the case of the American Jewish Congress.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Day School Dilemma

A family is soul searching after a child's admission to a Hebrew-language charter school.

05/01/2013
Editor and Publisher

Carolyn and Don recently found out that they won a highly competitive lottery. They’re excited, of course, but the news has also precipitated some serious questioning on their part about their religious and educational goals — for themselves and their three young children.

Gary Rosenblatt

Ruskay To Step Down

UJA-Fed's top exec bucked trends by making case for centralized giving.

04/24/2013
Editor and Publisher

Soon after John Ruskay took over the helm of UJA-Federation of New York in 1999 he gave a major address based on the notion, then prevalent, that Israel had reached a point in its history when peace seemed imminent.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Candidate's Chances

The inclusive David Stav, once a long shot for chief rabbi, seeks changes in haredi stronghold.

04/16/2013
Editor and Publisher

A few months ago Rabbi David Stav, the 53-year-old founder and president of Tzohar, a rabbinic organization that strives to make the face of traditional Judaism more appealing to Israelis, was seen as the Don Quixote candidate in the upcoming national Chief Rabbinate election, held once a decade.

Sharansky Urges Equal Prayer At Wall

Historic plan seen as victory for pluralism; ‘one Western Wall for one Jewish people.’

04/10/2013
Editor And Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Gary Rosenblatt

Healing Broken Souls

The story of Beit T’Shuvah, a unique L.A. community: part rehab center, part chavurah.

04/04/2013
Editor and Publisher

During a recent interview in my office with Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto, the guiding lights of Beit T’Shuvah: The House of Return, a unique community in Los Angeles that combines spiritual and psychotherapeutic approaches to addiction recovery, I became increasingly impressed with their work and their own life stories.

Gary Rosenblatt

Can Anybody Critique Funders' Choices?

We're all free to comment, but the holders of the purse strings make the decisions.

03/28/2013
Editor and Publisher

Philanthropist Michael Steinhardt is one of the key founders and funders of the Birthright Israel program, providing free 10-day trips to young Jews from around the world.

Gary Rosenblatt

We Talk A Good Game

03/20/2013
Editor and Publisher

http://www.russellberriefoundation.org/initiative_jr_ujafederation.phpHow much, if any, cooperation and collaboration can there be — or should there be — among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities, starting with their rabbis?

Gary Rosenblatt

A More Balanced Picture

New and authentic films will counter Israel's negative image.

03/14/2013
Editor and Publisher

I was relieved and not at all disappointed last month when neither of the Israeli entries for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards came home with the prize. I felt badly that the two films representing Israel, “The Gatekeepers” and “5 Broken Cameras,” cinematically compelling as they were, took aim at the country’s alleged faults rather than its miraculous accomplishments, sending a skewed message around the world.

JCPA Tables Gay Marriage Resolution

Striving for consensus, public affairs council honors OU's objection.

03/04/2013
Editor and Publisher

There are two resolutions up for proposal at the two-day annual policy plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), starting Sunday in Washington, D.C. One advocates for fair pay, and the other for gun control. But the talk among the delegates will be about a third resolution that won’t be on the agenda.

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