Gary Rosenblatt

When The Dialogue Deteriorates

08/25/2010

You should see some of the outrageous mail we receive each week.

On second thought, you shouldn’t. And that’s what I want to explore here this week.

We at The Jewish Week have always felt that our role was not only to report the news, but to become a forum for discussion and debate among our readers on any and all the issues we cover in an increasingly diverse community.

Gary Rosenblatt

Young European Jews Asserting Identity, Against The Odds

Swedish ‘incubator’ project training young leaders, resisting the notion that Jewish life is dying.

08/18/2010
Editor And Publisher

 Stockholm — When the tall Hungarian woman in the back of the room rose to speak, I could see the passion and flash of anger in her face. She was the first to raise her hand after my talk to 27 young men and women from both Eastern and Western Europe, participants in a 10-day program in the Swedish capital for academics and activists committed to enhancing Jewish life in their native countries.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Rotem Conversion Bill, Focus Should Be On Israel

Conversions of Russians trump concern over Chief Rabbinate hegemony.

08/04/2010
Editor And Publisher

 I’m having second — and third — thoughts about the wisdom of rejecting outright the controversial conversion bill in Israel.

Before you get too worked up about that statement, please hear me out.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Historical Conciliation’ As Key To Peace?

07/27/2010

Can you handle some positive news about dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians?

Like many of us, I suspect, I tend to discount reports of progress on the Mideast peace front as naïve or exaggerated. But I was impressed on hearing of the recent work of a longtime friend, Hillel Levine, an ordained rabbi and sociology and religion professor at Boston University, who is a veteran Mideast observer with no illusions about the level of mistrust between Arabs and Jews or the mounting tensions in the region.

Gary Rosenblatt

Conversion Controversy: A Perfect Storm (And A Way Out)

07/20/2010

The showdown over a controversial conversion bill in the Knesset will likely be averted for the moment. But any sigh of relief you may hear around the Jewish world is premature. 

Gary Rosenblatt

Fresh Anger From Diaspora Over Bill On Conversions

Politics trumps unity as leaders here, Sharansky express sense of betrayal.

07/14/2010
Editor And Publisher

 It’s hard not to be cynical about the latest conversion controversy in Jerusalem that threatens to further divide an already fragmented Jewish People for no reason but one: internal Israeli politics.

Gary Rosenblatt

Appealing To Arab Media For Fair Coverage

07/06/2010
Editor and Publisher

Think you have a tough job?

Meet Adil Awadh, 42, an Iraqi-born Muslim whose new position as senior adviser of The Israel Project’s Arabic Media Project, based in Washington, D.C., has him seeking out meetings with Arab journalists to encourage them to report Israel’s side of the Mideast conflict.

Gary Rosenblatt

New Torah-Based Outreach Seen Energizing Hillel

Conference here explores success of engagement through sacred texts.

06/30/2010
Editor And Publisher

 Dan Smokler, a 31-year-old Yale graduate, ordained rabbi and former labor organizer, wears the mantle of the Jewish campus community’s equivalent of The Great White Hope with an easy grace.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Way Out Of Our Oil Dependency

Expert says even Jewish groups ‘disappointing’ in promoting fuel alternatives to foreign control.

06/22/2010
Editor and Publisher

If there is one consensus issue that unites an increasingly frayed American Jewish community — and is also overwhelmingly supported in both Jerusalem and Washington — it is the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and energy, particularly from Iran and OPEC.

But the gap between recognition of the problem and active efforts to solve it is frustratingly wide, even as the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominates the headlines and demands our attention.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Decade Later, More Willingness To Confront Rabbinic Abuse

‘Watershed’ Lanner expose has led to communal efforts to deal with improper sexual behavior.

06/16/2010
Editor and Publisher

The tenth anniversary of the public exposure in these pages of the “Lanner scandal” provides an opportunity to reflect on, and appreciate, how much has changed for the better in the last decade in responding to rabbinic sexual abuse. 

With it all, though, communal vigilance is still vital because the problem remains, as do the impulses to overlook or cover up allegations of wrongdoing in high places. And there are voices in the community calling for putting ethical standards in place in synagogues, schools and camps.

Gary Rosenblatt
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