Gary Rosenblatt

Make Way For ‘Earthodoxy’

A new effort to support spiritual communities is fueled by those on the communal fringes.

03/30/2016 - 08:31
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In early March, Sid Schwarz, a rabbi and social entrepreneur, brought together 60 creative Jewish activists from around the country to test a theory of his.

Gary Rosenblatt

In Search Of Sheldon Adelson

Will he support Trump? ‘Why not?’ the mega-philanthropist says.

03/23/2016 - 09:06
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Sheldon Adelson, appearing wan and frail but in good spirits, had a simple message for an admiring audience of about 150 young Jewish professionals in Manhattan the other night:

Gary Rosenblatt

Face To Face With Trump At AIPAC

03/16/2016 - 09:04
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Among the many reasons this year’s presidential campaign is unique, consider this one: Running on the Democratic side we have a socialist Jew with non-Jewish grandchildren, and in the Republican race, the front-runner is a billionaire Presbyterian with Orthodox Jewish grandchildren.

Gary Rosenblatt

Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy

New grassroots group seeks to revive and expand ideals of Edah, which folded a decade ago.

03/09/2016 - 08:50
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Ten years ago, when Edah, an organization devoted to the ideology and values of Modern Orthodoxy, closed its doors, founding director Rabbi Saul Berman said it had largely achieved its goal of reversing “the separatist trend within Modern Orthodoxy, which was isolating” that community “from the rest of the Jewish people.” He added that after a nine-year tenure it was “time to pass the challenge on to others to do the work.”

Gary Rosenblatt

‘Sauna’ Rabbi Stepping Down; Or Is He?

Headnote: 

Riverdale leader’s surprise statement unclear about intentions and timing.

Riverdale leader’s surprise statement unclear about intentions and timing.

03/01/2016 - 12:11
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A brief statement last Wednesday evening from the leadership of the Riverdale Jewish Center, informing members that their embattled rabbi, Jonathan Rosenblatt,  “intends to step aside from the senior rabbinate” of the Modern Orthodox congregation, is being scrutinized and parsed in the community this week like a passage from the Talmud.

Rabbi Rosenblatt. Via Youtube.com

Funding Day Schools In Philly His Way

A ‘divisive community builder’ sounds like a contradiction in terms. Meet David Magerman.

02/24/2016 - 08:57
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David Magerman, a man on a mission to build and sustain a vibrant Orthodox community in Philadelphia, is a tangle of contradictions.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Big Philanthropic Hole To Fill

Engaging young Jews energized Charles Bronfman; with his foundation ‘sunsetting,’ who’ll pick up the slack?

02/17/2016 - 08:35
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Quietly, with the forethought and grace that has distinguished the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies as a trendsetter in Jewish life since its launch three decades ago, the foundation effectively shut down at the end of 2015. With much of the operation closed and staff diminished, this year will be one of “spend down,” completing commitments to prior obligations but no longer entertaining new grant proposals.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel’s UN Ambassador: A Contradiction In Terms

Danny Danon would seem to be the unlikeliest of choices to be Israel’s ambassador to the UN.

02/10/2016 - 09:31
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Danny Danon would seem to be the unlikeliest of choices to be Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, especially at such a sensitive time for Jerusalem in terms of its image in the international community.

Gary Rosenblatt

Tough Love, Times Two

Prominent columnists chide Israeli policies that alienate young Jews.

01/27/2016 - 08:46
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Roger Cohen and Ari Shavit have much in common. They are both prominent columnists for their respective newspapers — Cohen with The New York Times and Shavit with Haaretz, the left-leaning Israeli daily. They each are the authors of recent, highly personal memoirs: in “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel,” a bestseller, Shavit writes of his strong Zionist feelings as well as what he sees as Israel’s moral shortcomings; Cohen’s “The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family” traces his family’s displacement from Lithuania to South Africa to England, the U.S. and Israel, and the toll it took, particularly on his mother.

Journalistic jousting: Roger Cohen, left, and Ari Shavit at Jewish Week Forum. Michael Datikash/JW

Douglas Taking Jewish Pride On The Road

With rekindled identity, Genesis Prize-winner embarks on college tour; urges community to be welcoming.

01/19/2016 - 21:51
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Last January, Michael Douglas was “blindsided,” in his words, when he was asked to accept the Genesis Prize, a $1 million award known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

Speaking out: Actor Michael Douglas in front of his Manhattan apartment with editor Gary Rosenblatt.
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