Gary Rosenblatt

Advocacy Gone Awry

Bid against JCC in Manhattan film festival part of disturbing trend.

03/15/2011
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Theodore Bikel, the 86-year-old actor most famous for his role as Tevye in “Fiddler On The Roof,” considers himself “a Zionist and ardent supporter of Israel.” But he is one of a number of Jews in the arts who will not perform at theaters in the West Bank, believing that the settlements are an obstacle to peace.

Does that place him inside or out of the pro-Israel tent?

Gary Rosenblatt

Never Too Old To Speak Out On Injustice

Founder of Human Rights Watch, 88, starts new group to counter HRW’s alleged Mideast biases.

03/09/2011
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Robert L. Bernstein has enjoyed two distinguished careers, one professional and one volunteer, in the interest of freedom of expression. Now, at age 88, he is about to launch a third, which he calls his “obsession” and “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Marking A Centennial And Worrying About The Future

03/01/2011
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If I were hard-pressed to describe the state of American Jewish life today in 10 words or less, I surely couldn’t top Steven M. Cohen’s assessment: “We are demographically distressed and culturally creative.”

And that’s with three words to spare.

Gary Rosenblatt

What Nora Ephron Can’t Remember

02/22/2011
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Nora Ephron says that when she was young and would come to her screenwriter mother with her problems, the response would be, “Everything’s copy — someday this will be funny.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Day Schools Need New Israel Ed Approach

Study suggests students need fuller picture of Jewish state to forge connection.

02/16/2011
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 An eye-opening and somewhat discomforting new study of day school students’ attitudes about Israel has me wondering whether we need to rethink and recalibrate our approach toward traditional Zionist advocacy.

Gary Rosenblatt

Embrace Brotherhood, But Beware Of The Brotherhood

02/08/2011
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Show a Jew a silver lining, the old saying goes, and he looks for the cloud.

Or, more immediately, show Israelis scenes of Cairo, where tens of thousands are protesting each day for their freedom and human rights, and rather than exalt, Jerusalem worries that the result will be not be a new age of democracy next door but a takeover by radical Islamists determined to end Egypt’s peace treaty with the Jewish state, and worse.

Gary Rosenblatt

New Media And Jewish Life: Discuss

02/01/2011
Editor And Publisher

The primary advice I came away with from a fascinating panel discussion on new media, and its impact on the Jewish community, was to follow rather than lead.

“What we call technology, young people call life,” noted one of the speakers at the recent event, sponsored by Natan, a New York-based charity that seeks to inspire young philanthropists to become engaged in Jewish giving by funding innovative Jewish projects.

Gary Rosenblatt

Do West Bank Realities Defy Perceptions?

New settler leader says coexistence is working, let the diplomats take a break.

01/25/2011
Editor And Publisher

Naftali Bennett doesn’t fit the perceived profile of a leader of the Israeli settler movement.

He initially believed the Oslo plan would bring peace; he is a man of wealth, having helped found and serve as CEO of a hugely successful computer startup that he and his partners sold for $145 million in 2005; and he lives in Raanana, an upscale modern city of about 80,000, inside Israel proper.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Renaissance In Europe Presents A Surprising Challenge

01/18/2011
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‘France is a great place for Jews to live,” the young woman on film was saying. “It’s a challenging environment but a welcoming environment.”

The audience practically gasped on hearing her remarks, which seemed so far removed from their expectations of Jewish life in France.

Gary Rosenblatt

Expelled From Shas, And Preaching Tolerance

Fervently Orthodox Israeli rabbi new darling of Jewish establishment here.

01/11/2011
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Rabbi Chaim Amsellem has become an unlikely hero to many in the American Jewish establishment who closely follow Israeli life, including a new worldwide group being formed to support his positions.

A Sephardic scholar of Talmud with a thick gray beard and black hat, the rabbi, 51, is a Knesset member from the fervently Orthodox Shas party, known for its socially conservative agenda and interest in obtaining government funds to support a network of yeshivas.

Gary Rosenblatt
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