Gary Rosenblatt

Where Funders Go To Collaborate

'We haven’t adapted. New communities need to be created and re-invented.'

03/12/2014
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Miami Beach, Fla. — “This room has the key to solve the crises” facing the Jewish community, asserted Andres Spokoiny, president of the Jewish Funders Network, speaking to the more than 350 members of the group here this week at its three-day annual international conference, its largest ever in the U.S.

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Everyone Loves Israel?

AIPAC has record 14,000 attendees and Congressional support. But what about the White House?

03/05/2014
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Washington, D.C. — A black revivalist minister leads thousands of people, who are out of their seats and clapping their hands, in a rousing spiritual and praises the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the traditionally pro-Israel lobby; Latinos and African-Americans describe their love for the Jewish state; 2,300 high school and college students give full voice to their solidarity with Jerusalem; and Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress outdo each other in expressing their unyielding commitment to the people and state of Israel.

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Inside The Bubble

The AIPAC conference's speakers present a perspective that ranges from A to B.

03/03/2014
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Washington, D.C. — A black revivalist minister leads more than 10,000 people, who are out of their seats and clapping their hands, in a rousing spiritual and praises the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the traditionally pro-Israel lobby; Latinos and other minorities describe their love for the Jewish state; 2,300 high school and college students give full voice to their solidarity with Jerusalem; and Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress out-do each other in expressing their unyielding commitment to the people and state of Israel.

Fuel For Debate Over Rabbis’ Role

At B'nai Jeshurun, congregants quit to protest their clergy's criticism of mayor’s support for AIPAC.

02/24/2014
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Where do you draw the line between a rabbi’s freedom to preach and his or her responsibility to maintain a cohesive congregation?

Reclaiming Anne Frank’s Jewishness

'We can never be just Dutch or just English or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. And we’ll have to keep on being Jews, but then, we’ll want to be.'

02/18/2014
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Los Angeles — Anne Frank is the most universally known of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Her diary has been read by millions of people around the world, and her tragic story of living in fear, hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam with her family and others for more than two years, has been told in a Broadway play, Hollywood movie, television dramas and in countless other ways. Is there anything more to be known about this precocious young girl with a gift for writing, a poignant faith in humanity, and maturity far beyond her years?

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Who’ll Blink First?

The Israel lobby and the White House stare each other down over Iran and its rhetoric.

02/05/2014
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Soon after the ill-fated Oslo agreement was signed between Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin on the White House lawn in 1993, the PLO leader began speaking in Arab countries of “jihad,” explaining how, according to Islamic tradition, truces could be signed as a means of lulling one’s enemies before conquering them.

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His Real Wealth: Service To His People

Family and dignitaries remember Edgar Bronfman at his shloshim service.

01/29/2014
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His family and friends called him “Tree.”

He loved doing crossword puzzles, watching “Jeopardy” and, after the age of 50, learning to play the piano and study Talmud.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at service for Edgar Bronfman. Photo courtesy of Samuel Bronfman Foundation

Continuity: Why Should We Care?

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

01/22/2014
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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?

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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.

01/15/2014
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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?

01/08/2014
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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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