Gary Rosenblatt

Claims Conference Facing New Pressures

Board members call for reforms; AG said to be exploring charges of ‘mismanagement.’

07/14/2015 - 20:00
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On the eve of the annual meeting of the Claims Conference this week, a member of its leadership council demanded that the council be shown a document suggesting a serious conflict of interest — with legal ramifications — involving the organization’s lay president, Julius Berman, and its executive vice president, Greg Schneider, The Jewish Week has learned.

Gary Rosenblatt

Michael Oren And The Debate That Won’t Die

The former ambassador brought criticism on himself by writing provocative opinion pieces when his book was published.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
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Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Painful Saga Of Michael Oren

His tell-all book about the Obama White House has been trashed and lauded, but is anyone really reading it?

07/01/2015 - 20:00
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Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.

'Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide'

Unlikely Partners For Peace

An Orthodox settler and Palestinian activist say reconciliation begins with seeing the humanity of your enemy.

06/30/2015 - 20:00
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If the friendship between Hanan Schlesinger, an American-born Orthodox rabbi and self-described “passionate Zionist settler,” and Ali Abu Awwad, a leading Palestinian activist who served a four-year jail sentence in Israel for membership in a terrorist cell, was typical of West Bank Jews and Palestinians, we would be living in Messianic times.

Gary Rosenblatt

Pushing For Massive French Aliyah

Minimal investment could spur record immigration from a prosperous country, advocate says.

06/23/2015 - 20:00
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Speaking at the Grand Synagogue in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket murders in January, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stirred controversy when he announced: “Any Jew who chooses to come to Israel will be greeted with open arms and an open heart; it is not a foreign nation, and hopefully they and you will one day come to Israel.”

Gary Rosenblatt

No Way To Treat An Ally

First interview: Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has written a devastating insider’s account of White House distancing from Israel.

06/16/2015 - 20:00
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In January 2011, with the U.S. trying hard to convince the Palestinians to withdraw or moderate a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, President Obama called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to make a deal.

Gary Rosenblatt

50 Years On, Still Fighting Jewish Battles

As he prepares to step down, ADL’s iconic Abe Foxman speaks out on his hopes and fears.

06/09/2015 - 20:00
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In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson sent the first U.S. combat troops to South Vietnam, Levi Eshkol was elected prime minister of Israel, and Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax chose not to pitch in the opening game of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. It was also that year that Abraham Foxman, a 25-year-old immigrant fresh out of law school, took a job as assistant director of the legal department of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

Gary Rosenblatt

Riverdale ‘Sauna’ Rabbi May Be Leaving His Pulpit

Board votes to seek a settlement with Jonathan Rosenblatt and have him step down.

06/08/2015 - 20:00
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In the wake of a controversy over Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s practice of inviting boys and young men to shower and share the sauna with him, it appears that his three-decade tenure at the Riverdale Jewish Center may be coming to an end, The Jewish Week has learned.

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With Sauna ‘Secret’ Out, Riverdale Shul Faces Tough Choice

Congregants divided on Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s invitations to young men to join him in the ‘shvitz.’

06/02/2015 - 20:00
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Three years ago several prominent members of the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC), the 700-member Modern Orthodox congregation, met privately with their longtime rabbi, Jonathan Rosenblatt, and offered to arrange a generous buyout for him. They told him that the persistent rumors about his allegedly inappropriate behavior with boys and young men were bound to become public at some point and it would be in his and his family’s best interest, and for the congregation as well, if he accepted an offer to resign quietly.

Gary Rosenblatt

‘I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?’

Signs of growing disconnect between U.S. Jews and Israel evident at global Jewish think tank conference.

05/26/2015 - 20:00
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The four hours of discussion on U.S.-Israel-diaspora Jewry relations was winding down as the dinner hour approached at the annual JPPI (Jewish People Policy Institute) Brainstorming Conference last Monday afternoon in Glen Cove, L.I.

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