Gary Rosenblatt

Where The Boys Aren’t

11/02/2010
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For too many boys in our community, bar mitzvah represents the end rather than the beginning of their formal Jewish involvement and education.

It’s no secret that our institutions are facing a losing battle in keeping Jewish teenage boys engaged.

Gary Rosenblatt

Exploring The Generation Gap Among Jewish Leaders

10/26/2010
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When young Jewish leaders form their own start-up groups and/or prayer services, are they rejecting the organized community, or seeking to strengthen it?

That was one of the recurring questions that emerged earlier this month at The Conversation, the two-day annual retreat sponsored by The Jewish Week for a cross-section of 50 Jewish leaders and emerging leaders from around the country.

Gary Rosenblatt

Meet The New (Interim) Ambassadors

10/19/2010

Meron Reuben, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, moved to New York last month with only three suitcases.

Ido Aharoni, who assumed his job as Consul General of Israel in New York around the same time, came to town with two.

Gary Rosenblatt

Tolerance, Tradition Collide In Same-Sex Union Row

N.J. paper’s about-face raises a myriad of thorny questions.

10/13/2010
Editor And Publisher

In light of the controversy in recent days over whether or not Jewish community newspapers should publish same-sex union announcements, I have an admission to make.

More than three decades ago, the Jewish newspaper I edited in Baltimore became the first to publish a same-sex announcement.

Gary Rosenblatt

Livni Now Pressing Israel-Diaspora Gap Issue

Kadima leader looking to widen support for centrist party with natural U.S. constituency.

10/06/2010
Editor And Publisher

 This week I had the unique experience of spending an hour and a half with a leading Israeli politician who never made reference to the peace process, the threat from Iran or a pitch for support. 


Gary Rosenblatt

Bibi-Obama Drama Is Nothing New, Avner Says

Veteran Israeli diplomat’s behind-the-scenes book reveals long history of dire U.S.-Israel tensions.

09/29/2010
Editor And Publisher

For those who fear that U.S.-Israel relations may be at a low point, or that Mideast peace talks are dead in the water (now that Israel has decided not to extend its moratorium on settlement construction), consider the eternal wisdom contained in King Solomon’s words: “This, too, shall come to pass.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Learning To Embrace Uncertainty

09/22/2010

Many parents say they learn from their children. Rabbi Naomi Levy’s new memoir, “Hope Will Find You” (Harmony Books) — a poignant and compelling account of grappling with her young daughter’s potentially fatal illness — describes how the child’s faith and fortitude saved the author, spiritually and in every other way.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Sukkot, Stepping Outside Of Ourselves

09/14/2010
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After the soul-searching introspection and indoor setting of our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur experiences in synagogue, the holiday of Sukkot provides the sharpest of contrasts. Rather than continue to focus on our innermost thoughts and deeds, we are commanded to get outside — outside of ourselves, and outside of our homes, eating our meals under the stars.

Old Year/New Year: Letting Go

09/07/2010

I write these words on the last day my brother and I say Kaddish for our mom, who died 11 months ago.

After reciting the mourner’s prayer more than 2,000 times, the looming prospect of completing this meaningful mitzvah leaves me feeling more adrift than fulfilled.

I am anxious to be relieved of the burden — and yet part of me doesn’t want to let go.

It’s a strange place to be, but on reflection, not a unique one.

Mormons, Jews In New Pact On Baptisms

Computer technology credited for ‘breakthrough’ on exemption of Holocaust victims for proxy ritual.

09/01/2010
Editor And Publisher

Two years after a rupture in Mormon-Jewish relations in America, leaders of the two groups believe they have achieved “a breakthrough” and finally solved an issue of major contention between them — the Mormon Church’s practice of proxy baptism of souls, including of Jewish Holocaust victims.

Gary Rosenblatt
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