Gary Rosenblatt

Continuity: Why Should We Care?

Pew revealed a community in crisis -- let's not waste it.

01/21/2014 - 19:00
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There is an important debate taking place now about how to respond to the dramatic increase in intermarriage in the American Jewish community. Should it be seen as a fact of life to be accepted, even embraced, or a disturbing trend to be countered?

Gary Rosenblatt

A Call For 'Audacious Hospitality'

'Being against intermarriage is like being against gravity,' says Reform leader, but jury is out on trend's long-term impact.

01/14/2014 - 19:00
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There was a time when American Jewish families sat shiva when a child married out of the faith. Even two or three decades ago the prevailing attitude was one of disappointment, embarrassment and regret, coupled with a parental commitment to make the best of it and hope the grandchildren would be raised as Jews.

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Time To Stand Up To The Rabbinate

Rabbi Avi Weiss not only diaspora rabbi Israel rejected; why isn't the RCA speaking out?

01/07/2014 - 19:00
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Natan Sharansky, the iconic hero of the Soviet Jewry movement and chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, this week characterized the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s questioning of Rabbi Avi Weiss’s rabbinic credentials as “absurd.”

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Every Move A Gamble

Three key interrelated efforts are underway on Iran, Syria and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

12/30/2013 - 19:00
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At the outset of this new year, I’m reminded of the line from “All About Eve,” the classic 1950 film about ambition and betrayal on Broadway: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel Outreach: Broad Vs Deep

New public relations effort is clever, but superficial.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
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Did you know that Israel is the first country to ban underweight models? A recent law prohibits the use of ultra-skinny young women and of altering images in photos and ads.

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Four Takeaways From 2013

Gary Rosenblatt shares reflections on Iran, Willie, the Pope and Pew.

12/17/2013 - 19:00
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On Passover we ask The Four Questions. At year’s end here are four lessons I learned (among many) from events over the last 12 months.

Gary Rosenblatt

New Agunah Court Announced

Bet din with backing of key haredi jurist now in formation with goal of freeing ‘chained’ wives.

12/10/2013 - 19:00
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In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot, or "chained wives," an international religious court is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

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Making A Move At Cummings

A Jewish foundation's new universal priorities fuel fresh look at communal values.

12/03/2013 - 19:00
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Several weeks ago the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a stalwart in the Jewish philanthropic community for 25 years, announced that its new strategic plan calls for focusing on two specific areas: inequality and climate change.

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‘We’ve Lost Our Narrative’

Ari Shavit hopes his new book will revive an honest, painful, conversation on Israel.

11/26/2013 - 19:00
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Ari Shavit, the popular Israeli newspaper columnist for Haaretz, seems to be everywhere in the American media these days, talking about his newly published and highly praised book, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.” That’s a good thing for those of us who believe that the better Israel is known and understood, flaws and all, the more it will be appreciated and supported.

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Is Bibi Too Far Out On Limb On Iran?

Risking break with U.S. by making issue ‘Israel-centric.’

11/19/2013 - 19:00
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About the worst thing you can call an Israeli is a “freier,” a sucker. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the world to know that he and his government are not “freiers,” certainly not ready to accept the “bad deal” between Iran and the U.S. and key Western allies that would ease crippling economic sanctions on Tehran in return for suspending — but not dismantling — its nuclear program.

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